Milford is inordinately proud of its status as a heritage community and Historic District. Homeowners rehabilitate, restore and exhibit the history of their homes. The Historic Preservation Trust of Pike County was founded in December 1995 with the mission of preserving sites and structures throughout Pike County and was instrumental in the establishment of the Milford National Historic District in 2002. In Milford, preservation matters.
When you come to Milford, pick up a Walking Tour guide of the streets in one of our shops, and show yourself around. You will be amazed at the variety of different styles and effects. And don’t forget the alleys. Behind every main street there is an alley to complement it, and the old stables and garages have been turned into workshops and residences in their own right. There is a lot to see in a walking tour of Milford!
Mission: To preserve historic sites and structures throughout Pike County and be a voice for preserving our architecture and historic sites.
Bill Kiger – President
Glyn Eisenhauer – Vice President
Maryanne Monte – Secretary / Treasurer
Jean Hoff – President Emeritus
The Historic Preservation Trust was founded in December 1995 with the mission of preserving sites and structures throughout Pike County. During the ensuing years it has organized itself as a nonprofit corporation and has received a 501.(C)(3) tax exempt status to help it attract public and private funds in pursuit of its preservation projects.
The Trust has 2 primary functions. First and foremost, we are a service organization carrying out projects throughout the county to preserve our historic sites and structures. Secondly, we are an advocacy organization. We do this by providing information, education, and promoting historic preservation. Members of the Trust come from a broad cross-section of area citizens including residents, local business people and professionals all of whom share a common concern for the maintenance and preservation of our well designed villages and notable architecture.
All our members are volunteers whose interests and skills reflect many disciplines. Our projects need input from home owners, business people and tradesmen, from people with organizing and projects experience, from communications experts and fund raisers, to name a few. Everyone who cares about Pike County’s architectural heritage will likely find some fulfillment from being affiliated with the Trust.
2018 Grant Programs
The Trust is pleased to continue in 2018 its Façade Improvement and Sign Design Grants in Milford Borough and Cemetery Sign Grants in Pike County.
- Matching grants up to $5,000 ($10,000 max. in a year).
- For front façade projects of businesses in the Milford Borough Commercial District.
- Submit by September 1 a description, a photo of the completed or in-progress project, the builder’ s in voice, and a copy of the COA(Certificate of Appropriateness) from the Borough Council/ARB to HPT/PC, PO Box 1 361 , Milford, PA 1 8337, Attention Maryanne Monte.
- Questions: 570-296-5420.
- Matching grants up to $300 (Four max. in a year).
- For new or improved, historically-appropriate signage projects of businesses in the Milford Borough Commercial District, esp. hanging, wall, and sidewalk or sandwich board signs.
- Submit by September 1 a description, a rendering of the design, the sign maker’s invoice, and a copy of the COA(Certificate of Appropriateness) from the Borough Council/ARB to HPT/PC, PO Box 1 361 , Milford, PA 18337, Attention: Bill Kiger.
- Questions: 570-296-6753.
- Full cost of entranceway sign.
- For improved and maintained, historically- documented family or township cemeteries in Pike County.
- Submit by September 1 a description with map of cemetery location, a photo of the site with the group responsible for maintaining it, and suggested messaging for the sign(name + credits) to HPT/PC, PO Box 1 361 , Milford, PA 1 8337, Attn: Bill Kiger.
- Questions: 570-296-6753.
The Trust’s most active and well known service is the Milford Enhancement Committee (MEC), chaired by Maryanne Monte. The MEC is the present day embodiment of the historic Village Improvement Association. The MEC has improved street trees, landscaping, street lights, bluestone sidewalks, benches, and overall aesthetic improvements to town. The work compliments our facade improvements, signage, and the establishing the Milford National Historic District. Nearly $5.5 million have been invested in enhancing and restoring the street environment of our historic county seat. The investments are a mix of individual and family, foundation, federal and state funds applied for by the Milford Enhancement Committee (none come from the County or Borough, but we do appreciate their support in applying for grants and aid from others). In addition, thousands of hours of time and effort have been donated by individuals, businesses, and Milford Borough employees. Milford is a national model for civic improvement. The Trust is proud of our accomplishments, our partnership with Milford Borough, and are looking forward to “finishing the job!”
The Trust recognizes the work done by others in support of our goal of beautifying our County Seat – especially the work of the Milford Garden Club, Milford Street Tree Commission, Milford Borough, and property and business owners.