Wednesday, July 1, 2009

A Day On The Road

It's SUMMER! Or at least it's supposed to be. You'd never know it by our weather.

Our SBDC is fortunate in that we serve eight of the most beautiful counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania. As part of our summertime travel series (I just decided that we needed this series) we are going to feature a different spot you might be interested in visiting each week on our blog!
Our first is Historic Milford.

Milford is the county seat of Pike County, PA. It is a revolutionary war community, established by a riding circuit court judge, John Biddis. It lies between the Sawkill and Vandermark creeks and the streets are patterned after the layout of Philadelphia streets. They are named for John's children, and alleys are named after fruit trees found in the area. Milford is the portal to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation area. Milford is 75 miles from New York City and approximately 50 miles from Scranton, PA.

Milford is noted for its architecture. A number of great 19th century American architects have examples of their work in Milford. Grey Towers, designed by Richard Morris Hunt; Forest Hall (the old post office) designed by Calvert Vaux; and most recently the historic restoration of the Hotel Fauchere by Peter Bohlin.

Many presidents, writers and artists visited and worked in Milford. Zane Grey lived and wrote in Pike County, and his home in Lackawaxen is now a museum. The Columns historical museum has within its walls the "bloody Lincoln Flag" which was used to rest President Abe Lincoln's head on after his fatal shooting.

Eagle watching can also be done in Lackawaxen. If you are an eagle fanatic, you'll want to click here for more information.

Milford is a quaint town. I've never had a hard time spending money when I go there. There are plenty of shops, eateries and historic inns to meet almost everyone's needs in terms of gifts, jewelry, clothing and good food, as well as a place to sit a spell and take a break. One of my favorite little stops is the Waterwheel Cafe and my favorite sandwich is the brie and granny smith apple open faced deal with toasted almonds. YUM! For unique gifts, just upstairs from the Waterwheel you can find Giffard and White and browse while letting your food settle.
Milford is one of the most picturesque places you will ever visit. If you haven't been, you need to take a trip....trust me, even if it rains, there are things you will find to do!

Our outreach location in Milford is at the Pike County Chamber of Commerce, who I am sure, would appreciate this blog entry!

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