With fires, floods, and even a hurricane, nature hasn’t been kind to Milton in the past. In 1880, a devastating fire, which actually spared the majority of the factory where it began, destroyed over 600 buildings in the downtown. At the time, Milton was experiencing an industrial boom that continued and fueled a relatively fast-paced recover and rebuilding effort over decades. As a result of the fire, Milton has very few surviving early buildings, but it does have a large and cohesive collection of late 19th century commercial buildings gracing its downtown core.
All of the destruction that occurred led to an inevitable industrial decline, a weaker economy, and ultimately meant a slower recovery for the town which is still evidenced by large holes in the urban fabric.
The town is gradually coming back today; there is ongoing work being undertaken to preserve and restore historic buildings, open space, and river access. Broadway and North Front Street are two such areas that showcase the traditional character of Milton and what can be.
1. Milton State Park
Milton State Park offers 82 acres of space to picnic, play soccer, hike, fish, bird watch, bike, and dog walk. Enjoy the Susquehanna river by boat! The Milton State Park provides high quality river access for motorized and non-motorized boats. The Park is open year round from dawn to dusk.
2. Brown Avenue Park
The park is home to a community pool that also has its own swim team, and a skate park equipped for BMX, skateboards, and inline skates. A maintained baseball field is also available to the public, as well as an exciting assortment of playground equipment/
3. Rock Gym
The Milton Rock Gym is the ultimate playground for people of all ages. It is for the young at heart, novice or experienced climbers, and anyone interested in learning the skill. You can even participate in climbing competitions!
4. Model Train Museum
The model train museum is a treasure of Milton; a 20 foot by 60 foot layout which depicts the town of Milton in the 1950's. It is open to the public during the Moose Fishing Derby, the Milton Harvelt Festival, and throughout the Christmas season. Check their website for thier open house schedule.
5. Harvest Festival
A timeless tradition in Milton is the Annual Milton Harvest Festival. The community comes to celebrate the people, businesses, and organizations of Milton and the Central Susquehanna Valley. Events include races, parades, pageants and contests, and a tomato bowl!
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