I had rather die broke because I had been spending my money in doing worthwhile things than sitting around cutting coupons.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
We are just beginning to ask one another how we may preserve the little that remains, for ourselves and our children
George "Bird" Grinnell - conservationist
People sometimes say they pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps.
There is usually a helping hand, but it's much more dramatic to say you did it alone.
Joseph Foran - educator
I had the canopy of heaven for my hospital and the ground for my hammock, having no other friend present but the sun to smile upon me.
Joseph Plumb Martin - Revolutionary war diarist
If you live long enough you’ll automatically get recognition.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
If you don’t keep up with the trend of the times and if you let up on your work, someone else will step in and take your place.
Sylvester Poli - theater magnate
I quit this foolishness about retiring, went back to work, lost all my money, and have been quite happy
Simon Lake - submarine builder
To me, medicine is the most interesting thing in the world.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
Voted, That the earth is the Lord’s, and the fulness thereof.
Voted, That the earth is given to the saints.
Voted, That we are the saints
Revrand Peter Prudden's 1640 prayer
We are a cheerful people, and we refuse to believe what we do not want to believe.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
I try to cultivate the young, making up for the losses I have had.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
War consists almost entirely of killing and destruction.
Simon Lake - submarine builder
If you remember that there is a distinct difference between who a a person IS and how he or she PERFORMS at a job, you will get along
Joseph Foran - educator
There is always more to do than you can do.
Helen Langner - early child psychiatrist
Abigail Ann Merwin

Milford's female Paul Revere

Born Abigail Ann Beach in 1752, died in 1834 at age 82. She was a descendant of Milford's founding families (Platt, and Baldwin, her ancestor, Thomas Beach, arrived in 1652 in Milford). Daughter of Landa and Abigail Beach. Her father who lived to be 97, fought in both the French and Indian war and the American Revolution during which he may have crossed the Delaware with George Washington. Her mother lived to be 96, both parents having longevity remarkable for their time.
Abigail married into another Milford founding family when, on February 18, 1773, she married Miles Merwin, son of Miles Merwin and Mary Tibbals. She settled in at the family farm at Point Beach. Her home, extensively rebuilt over the ensuing centuries, still stands on the hill on Pond Point Avenue. It was from this vantage point that she spied a British ship landing raiders at Point Beach on August 25, 1777.

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Andrew Law


Andrew Law (1749–1821) was an American composer, preacher and singing teacher. He was born in Milford, Connecticut. Law, a devout Calvinist and an ordained Minister, never took a position as a clergyman. He was educated at Rhode Island College (now Brown Univ.). Music was his chosen profession.
Law wrote mostly simple hymn tunes and arranged tunes of other composers. His works include Select Harmony (1778) a compilation of sacred "Psalm" songs of America and Britain. He advanced American Music as he elevated relatively unknown, and unaccomplished, young American composers stature so as to stand beside William Billings and the well established and prolific Britons with his rules of singing.
In 1778 at 29, while the revolutionary war raged about him, he and his brother William set up a tune book printing business in Cheshire, often printing books he himself created by compiling the works of others (copyright issues anybody?). Ironically he petitioned the legislature to protect his compilation of mostly other's works, the ponderously titled "A Collection of Hymn Tunes from the Most Modern and Approved Authors," and won in 1781, by special act of the Legislature, the very first copyright ever granted in the state (the first Connecticut copyright law for "the encouragement of genius" was not passed until 1783 and repealed 1812).

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The Great Wepawaug Chief

Imagine the small coastal town of Milford, Connecticut inhabited only by Native Americans. The Wepawaug tribe, a branch of the larger Paugasset tribe resided in what is now Milford and Orange. Ansantawae the chief or sachem of the Wepawaug Indians along with his tribal council controlled the Indian village. Life was lived simply in small wigwams made of sticks and leaves, currency did not exist, nature provided much of their food, and English settlers had not set foot upon the land now Milford as of 1637. This all changed during the reign of King Charles I when increasing numbers of English people migrated to New England because they no longer accepted of the Church of England and were persecuted for their non-conformity.
The Wepawaug tribe lived in present day Milford sites that were full of resources, mainly along the shoreline. Villages were set up at Charles Island, Indian Point presently (Gulf Beach), Poconoe Point (presently Laurel Beach), the Wepawaug River and Oyster River. Their seaside location made Ansantawae’s tribe largely dependent on fishing, especially shellfish such as oysters and clams that flooded the shoreline. Milford residents still use the Sound shore as an important and abundant resource. Large heaps of shells found along Milford’s coast give evidence of the Indians reliance on the water and its life.

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Captain Jehiel Bryan

Defended self against the British

Milford took an active part in the struggle for independence in contributing men, money, and supplies. The town did not escape the occasional raids from Long Island organized by Tories, Britishers, and renegades who traded with the enemy.

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