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Saturday, June 7, 2008

Downtown Milford's Historic Homes Tour May 10, 2008

The day was very overcast and threatened to rain but we went on the home tour anyway and enjoyed going through some of the older, historic homes in our town. One is a Museum, two are churches, a few are now bed & breakfasts, some have families still living in and enjoying these lovely old homes. As the weather was not cooperating, we didn't get photos of all the homes, including the Victorian Parson Thorne Mansion, now a museum, built in 1725 in the Georgian style and still undergoing a major restoration and Christ Episcopal Church, that dates back to the 1700s with some lovely stained glass windows and interesting collection of kneelers hand-stitched in needlepoint by church members, each one a unique work of art. Here is just a sampling of what we saw that day.

The Causey Mansion
On the National Register of Historic Places and now a Bed & Breakfast, this is the oldest home in South Milford. Built in 1763 it was the home of two Delaware governors. Originally built in the Georgian style, it was enlarged and changed to Greek Revival in 1849.

Sunnybrae Mansion
Built in 1937, this three-story mansion sits on 91 acres. It boasts Flemishbond brick, a slate roof, foot thick outer walls, an impressive 1000 foot long driveway lined with oaks and maples. The owners live on the property which can be rented out for weddings and formal occasions.

The Values-Grier Home, a lovely example of late Victorian architecture was built in 1872 and is a private home with stunning leaded glass windows, molded plaster walls, parqueted floors, balconies and towers. The porch looks out over Silver Lake, in one Milford's lovelier streets.

The front porch of the Vaules-Grier home

Walnut Knoll, another of the private homes on the tour is a large brick house built in 1906 with Neo-Classic features, with two full kitchens, parlor, formal dining room, mudroom, six bedrooms and 4-1/2 baths. Also on the property is a brick carriage house an a brick laundry/summer kitchen. One staircase leads up from the foyer and another goes down to the kitchen!

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Great houses! I LOVE houses with both a front and back staircase. Thanks for the photos Bob!