For 2011, This Old House Magazine has once again tracked down the nation’s most timeless neighborhoods, places that have preserved their stock of beautiful old houses to create appealing neighborhoods and small towns. Milton, DE, a town of about 2,000 people, which already has 189 Colonial, Federal, Greek Revial, Gothic Revival, Italainate, Second Empire, Queen Anne, and more is on the publication’s list this year. The town’s Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and they’re in the process of nominating 240 more historic homes.
Milton has a downtown with arts attractions, antiques shops,and restaurants. The next time you’re on your way to the beach get off Route 1 for a few minutes to enjoy a stroll through a jewel of a small Delmarva town that is effectively using preservation as an economic development tool.
In fact, this summer the Milton Historical Society and Dogfish Head Brewery are sponsoring walking tours of the town, called “Boats! Buttons! Beans Beer! Walking & Brewery Tour of Milton.”
Here’s what they say about the tour, which is something we’re going to attend. Known as, “Head of Broadkill,” the town of Milton enjoys a rich heritage, with 198 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The walking tour will review the town’s early history and include a lively discussion of the ship captains and seafaring men who called Milton home. A broad range of architectural styles will be featured and button sheds, barns, and outbuildings will be discussed as the tour winds through side lanes and alleys. The tour will also incorporate a history of the King Cole Cannery, part of the site where Dogfish Head brewery is located.
Following a 45 minute walking tour, visitors will have a tour of the Dogfish Head brewery, with a behind-the-scenes peek at the brewhouse, the cellars (including 3 huge wooden tanks), and the packaging hall. Participants will have the opportunity to sample Dogfish beers and shop for cool merchandise!
The tour will last approximately 2 hours (10-10:45am walking outdoors and 11am brewery tour) and cover a little over a mile. Sturdy, closed toe shoes are required and plenty of sun block and hats are recommended. Identification is required for tasting.
DATES: Saturday, May 21st, 10am
Saturday, June 18th, 10am
Saturday, July 16th, 10am
Saturday, August 20, 10am
Saturday, September 17, 10am