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Milford was an early “planned” community, laid out after the Revolutionary War by Judge John Biddis. Biddis was a riding circuit court judge and literally rode on a horse from town to town to hold court in northeast Pennsylvania. When he purchased the land between the Sawkill and Vandermark Creeks, he chose to model the street and alley pattern in the town’s design after Philadelphia, the nation’s first capital. It is no surprise, therefore, that Atlantic Magazine once called Milford “the prettiest county seat in America.”
Milford’s streets are named after Biddis’ children, and its alleys were named after fruit trees and berry bushes found in the area. The thought and care put into the community’s initial layout is still evident today, with public squares, wide, shade-lined streets, and attractive municipal improvements.
Several of the greatest American architects of the 19th century have examples of their work in Milford. Among them:
Milford’s tradition of exceptional architecture and design continues today, most recently reflected in a Peter Bohlin-designed office building, which opened in 2002. Since 1997, the Milford Enhancement Committee has led a wide ranging long-term project to improve public spaces in Milford, particularly along the main commercial streets, with bluestone sidewalks, granite curbing, new landscaping and pedestrian lights.