Milford Green earns spot on state Register of Historic Places

The Milford Green has been added to the state Register of Historic places.

The Milford Green has been listed on the state’s Register of Historic Places by the Connecticut Preservation Council, city officials announced.

“Milford is proud to be a place steeped in history and charm while also a community that is thriving with all the amenities expected of a world class 21st century city,” said Mayor Ben Blake.

Created and authorized in 1975 under the Conn. General Statute 10-321(b)(2), the state Register of Historic Places is Connecticut’s official listing of sites and structures that characterize the historical development of the state. The statute defines the State Register as an “itemized list locating and classifying historic structures and landmarks throughout the state.”

The State Register includes districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects of national, state or local significance. These resources must possess integrity of location, design, setting, materials, workmanship, feeling and association meeting specific criteria.

The Milford Green, located between Broad Street and South Broad Street, is officially listed as the second longest Green in New England and has had many uses throughout its history, which include being used as a pasture for cattle during colonial times and a militia training ground during the American Revolution.

“The Milford Green is the centrally located historic core of the City of Milford,” said Michele Kramer, president of the Milford Preservation Trust and Member on the Historic District Commission. “It has been a public space with Broad Street serving as Milford’s central roadway since at least 1646. Broad Street was the main thoroughfare from the earliest maps. It has many memorials on it and has always been used as a gathering place for Milford residents as it still is today. It’s used for memorials, services and arts and crafts fairs, and Santa coming and all.”

“It was a long process that started back a few years ago, there’s a lot involved in these nominations,” said Kramer. “I think most Milford residents would be surprised to learn it wasn’t already on the State Register. After a long process we’re very pleased that this central important gathering place and historic space in Milford has finally been recognized and will now be protected and will remain open space.”

Nomination legwork included filling out a 34-page nomination form by the Department of Economic and Community Development State Historic Preservation Office and, “A conversation with the mayor’s Open Space Commission and Letitia Malone (Milford’s open Space Committee Chair) who was another key figure along with our former City Historian Richard Platt,” Kramer said. “We consulted with the state Historic Preservation Office and it has to go before a council and all of that.”

“This brings us one step closer to preserving historic assets in perpetuity,” said Malone. “In addition to the Milford Green, the Laurel Beach Casino has just been listed on the State Register and under nomination and in process now is the Villa Rosa Mansion, the Poli Estate and those little satellite villas,” added Kramer.