History of Milford, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine

By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Boston 1886

Milford, in Penobscot County, is situated on the east bank of the Pen obscot River, 13 miles N.N.E. of Bangor. It is bounded on the north by Greenbush, east by Greenfield, south by Bradley, and west by Oldtown. From the latter it is separated by Penobscot River. The Oldtown Falls, on this river, “the best water-power in the United States,” extends between these two towns. Milford was incorporated in 1833, taking its name from the mills on these falls. The surface of the town is generally level and swampy. It is drained by the Sunkhaze Stream with its numerous branches, and the Otter Chain Ponds and their outlet. The population is principally distributed along the Penobscot. The village is very pleasantly situated at a point opposite the lower end of Indian, or Oldtown, Island. There are in the town at this point six saw-mills manufacturing long lumber, shingles, etc. The attractiveness of the village is enhanced by the numerous elm trees set along the streets some thirty years since by some public spirited hands. The underiying and outcropping rocks are granite and slate. The soil is of sandy and gravelly loam. The principal crops are hay and potatoes. The forests are of an unusually dark color, consisting almost exclusively of pine, spruce and hemlock. The condition of the public roads is quite good. A bridge across the river here is 1,000 feet in length.

Among the names of former citizens who merit to be remembered are Henry E. Prentiss, Samuel F. Hersey, Charles E. Dole and Simon Murphy. Milford sent 200 men to aid in the suppression of the Rebellion, losing one-fourth of the number.

The town has a church of the Episcopal denomination. The number of public schoolhouses is four. The entire school property is valued at $4,000. The valuation of estates in 1870 was $178,614. In 1880 it was $174,709. The rate of taxation in the latter year was 24 mills on a dollar. The population in 1870 was 827. In 1880 it was 734.

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