Street Address
124 East Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381
Mailing Address
124 East Commerce St.
Milford, MI 48381
phone: 248-685-7308
e-mail: milfordhistory@hotmail.com
web: www.milfordhistory.org
Hours
April through Christmas
Museum is open
Wednesday, Saturday1 PM - 4 PM
Admissions
donations accepted
Services
Gift Shop
Staff
Marlene Gomez, Assistant Museum Director
phone: 248-685-7308

Description

A museum dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the history of the Milford, Michigan area.

The Museum

This 1853 Greek revival structure which houses the Milford Historical Society Museum was built by local cabinet maker John Wood. Through the years it served as home to Edwin Hubbell, a local merchant, and later his son, Frank “Trader” Hubbell. Dr. Weisbrod also had his home and office located here. Much local activity centered on this building when it contained the offices for Milford Village, Milford Township and the Police Department.

The upper floor of the museum is furnished as a home of the late Victorian era might have been. Many of the furnishings are items that were manufactured in Milford.

The formal parlor and dining room depict the more gracious aspects of life. The kitchen, with its period gadgets, and the bedroom, with its rope bed, straw tick, and “thunder-mug” remind visitors of the more primitive conditions of the era. A toy room delights children of all ages.

The latchstring is always out at this depiction of the Job G. Bigelow cabin built in the south end of Milford Township in 1833. The rough structure required constant chinking and the fireplace was the only source of heat. Still Mrs. Bigelow managed to start the first school for area children in her home. The cabin brings to life Milford’s pioneer days of hard work and hope.

Mission

MISSION STATEMENT:

We are organized exclusively for educational purposes. We bring together people who are interested in history, especially the history of the village of Milford & Milford Township.

History

History of the Township and Village of Milford from it's founding in 1832 to the present.

Artifacts Collections

Many different collections are n display - native American artifacts, early settler tools, early American toys, furniture and clothing.

Research Collections

Microfilm library of back issues of the Milford Times newspaper dating back to the mid-1800's

Educational Programs

docent program

    Governance

    The museum is operated by the Milford Historical Society. There is a Museum board with a Museum Director and Assistant Director.

    Library

    Access: Staff Only

    Appointment required: Yes

    Publications

    The Milford Historical Society published a bi-monthly newsletter and has published a histyory of Milford - "Ten Minutes Ahead Of The Rest Of The World".

    • The Historian
    • Ten Minutes Ahead Of The Rest Of The World

    Services

    Gift Shop