Preservation Matters

Pike County Dispatch
Thursday, January 12, 2017


Dick Snyder, who rallied the civic leaders around the idea of enhancing its streetscape in the late 90’s, saw this multi-year project as a natural outgrowth of the V.I. A. (village Improvement Association) of the 1920’s and 30’s.
Hardly anyone who has lived or stopped here has not seen the V.I. A.’s iconic stone horse trough at Broad Street and East High.
Methodically, beginning in 1997, the Milford Enhancement Committee, with Dick at the helm, began putting together the concept, design, and financial resources to transform Milford’s streets into what we know today. In reality, most of what you see is ‘brick and mortar’, but in truth the overall concept was to preserve and “enhance” the old Milford that was there in the Twenties and before.
That work continues today up West Harford and out Broad, financed to an important extent by you the public. For many years the MEC has sent out an annual appeal letter and held an annual “Welcome Party” in June for new residents to the area.
MEC’s commitment and broad public support advances the cause of preservation and protects our iconic main street buildings, and the charm of the village to the outside world.


Preservation Matters

Pike County Dispatch
Thursday, November 24, 2016

by Keith Canouse

Mr. Canouse is a long time Milford resident whose parents settled in the borough in 1930. Keith maintained the ancestral home here until earlier this year. His lifelong avocation is American history and historical preservation. His three letters to the Dispatch appeared roughly seven years ago and relate directly to the bridge’s current restoration as a borough connector to the extensive network of trails in the National Recreation Area to The Knob, the cliffs above 209S, and Raymondskill Falls, and as an emergency access should anything happen to the deteriorated 209 bridge immediately downstream on the Sawkill. Letters (2) and (3) will appear in future columns.

          In 1902, in the Pennsylvania town of Beaver Falls, far removed from Milford, ironmongers were busy riveting together a structure that would eventually bridge one of the most beautiful glens in the state. When the bridge was finally in place, commerce and free trade became more accessible up and down the Delaware River Valley. The bridge, built before the advent of the automobile, was transported by steam railroad to Port Jervis, New York, then by horse and wagon to Milford where it was erected with the most primitive of tools. The structure served flawlessly throughout its history in its original form and is arguably the only historical structure still standing in Milford that has not been altered or changed in any way. Even the arrival of automobile traffic did not prove to be too much for the sturdy construction. The Mott Street Bridge is worthy of its place in history and deserves to be preserved.

Put on your walking shoes and make your way down Mott Street to view the grand old lady standing astride Sawkill Creek in strong testimony to our greatness as a country. As you gaze upon the bridge, imagine enjoying a leisurely walk from the heart of Milford, across the bridge and through the lower glen. Pass by the historical Callahan house, the lower mill, and follow the Sawkill until you arrive at the Delaware River. Milford is truly and exceptional place by virtue of its natural beauty, history, and supporting historical artifacts. Let us all work to keep that mosaic together.





October 28, 2016

Dear Members, Supporters and Friends,

The Board of Directors of the Historic Preservation Trust wishes to express sincere gratitude for your interest and support in our collective mission. Some of our efforts and accomplishments made possible through your support include:

  1. A monthly column in the Pike County Dispatch entitled “Preservation Matters”. the column celebrates historic preservation and addresses why it matters in and for our community.
  2. A video entitled A Sense of Place also celebrates preservation in the Milford Borough. This brief video, that speaks volumes, is available for viewing on our website, Have a look.
  3. As part of Milford’s Memorial Day festivities, the HPT sponsored and ice cream social in support of historic preservation and to recognize the saving of the Kenworthey House.
  4. Six additional historic buildings were recognized and honored with Tom Hoff Stewardship Medallions.
  5. The HPT conveyed ideas and pledged to cooperate with the National Park Service in the development of its Historic Properties Management Plan affecting three Milford area properties: the Cliff Park Inn, the Metz Ice House and the Mott Street Bridge/Glenn Trail to the Knob.
  6. Two facade improvement grants, totaling $7,500, were awarded to two important landmark buildings on Broad Street, the Columns and the Kenworthey House.
  7. Two historic home renovations were recognized with Trust proclamations.
  8. The Trust assisted four homeowners in the acquisition of Historic District plaques to be displayed along with the more than 170 already on the homes and buildings in the Historic District.
  9. Nine hundred and fifty Walking Tour Guides have been distributed in the last year.
  10. The development of a cell phone pp to access the Walking Tour Guide digitally is currently being explored.
  11. The HPT website,, continues to expand under the direction of Reggie Cheong-Leen, including Reggie’s stunning and informative photo essay of over 50 historic properties.
  12. The HPT continues to monitor and support the work of Milford’s Architectural Review Board in the borough’s commercial district.

Thanks to your generosity the Trust is able to continue its preservation efforts, improve its visibility in Milford and Pike County and spread the word about the value and importance of historic preservation.

Bill Kiger,
HPT President

At its best, preservation engages the past in a conversation with the present over a mutual concern for the future.
(William Murtagh, 1st keeper of the National Register of Historic Places)