Milton is the birthplace of five governors, a town divided in allegiance during the Civil War, home to many officers who participated in the famous War of 1812, and rich in both agricultural and political facts and figures, Milton can be a fascinating location to research. Originally settled in 1672, it was once known as “Head of the Broadkill” for its geographic location at the head of the Broadkill River. This location, just a few miles from Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean, was ideal for shipbuilding in days of old.
Milton’s downtown hosts a growing art scene anchored by the Milton Theatre which boasts an illustrious history in its more than 100 year existence. Erected circa 1910, the two-story building served, at one time or another, as the town’s movie theatre, basketball hall, fire station, social center & community stage. Various retail businesses & restaurants also thrived there. It has survived 3 major fires, countless “nor’easters”, and decades of neglect. But now, it proudly stands as a hub of artistic culture, not just to the town of Milton, but to the Delmarva Peninsula.
The Milton Arts Guild is a non-profit dedicated to providing art shows that offers original, high quality, handcrafted, and diverse mediums of art. The Guild has the goal to support area artists, both with peer group and outside educational opportunities; to promote arts within the community and area; and plan and execute various outreach programs that include guild members, students, and other organizations within the community that would promote the arts and enhance the local environment.
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