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 businesspeople 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 homeowners, businesspeople 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.
Entrances to the town have been signed proclaiming the Borough as “The Birthplace of the American Conservation Movement.”
Over 400 sites and structures in Milford Borough have been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and a historic plaque has been installed on about 200.
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, streetlights, 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.