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Friday, September 14, 2012

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gone on the Home Tour. The 36th annual Milford Home Tour is Saturday and Sunday this weekend, so this’ll be my last post about it until next year. The Milford Home Tour is organized and run by the Milford Historical Society and gives visitors a chance to go through five of our nice historic homes each year. You also get to read about the history and background of each house in a special Home Tour supplement that the Milford Times publishes. It’s a fun way to spend a day in Milford. The homes are open from 11 am until 5 pm both days. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for seniors and may be purchased at the Museum or at any of the houses (look for the signs to the houses).

In addition to the 5 homes that are on the tour, the ticket is good to get you in several other venues on those tow days. The Museum is open both days, as well as the log cabin next to the fire station on Huron St. The Pettibone Creek Powerhouse just off Central Park is also open both days. You can get to the Powerhouse by parking in the upper parking lot at Central Park or by taking Cabinet south off W. Commerce Rd and then going east on Liberty. Liberty on that side of Main St dead-ends at the railroad tracks. Either way that you get there, it’s worth the effort to see this Albert Khan designed vestige of the Henry Ford Village Industries era. Ford built the Powerhouse to provide electricity to his Ford Carburetor Plant in Milford. The log cabin is also interesting since it is a replica that depicts the lifestyle of Milford’s earliest settlers.

In addition to the five house and other ventures, there will be a privy dig going on at the site at 119 Oakland St. Privy digsd involve actually digging up the sites of the outhouses that used to serve the bathroom needs before indoor plumbing became the norm. Past privy digs have unearthed interesting bits and pieces of history – pottery and glassware for the most part. You can observe the dig and talk to the privy diggers at the site.

On Sunday there will also be The Milford Car Show on Main St – the biggest area car show of the year – and a vintage tractor show out at the Huron Valley State Bank parking lot near the corner of S. Milford Rd and GM Rd. The cars will start lining up for the Car Show at 8 am and the show officially runs from 11 am until 3 pm. Also in Central Park on Sunday the annual Rotary Club Duck Race will take place – festivities there kick off at 11 am with events for the kids. So, you can see that there’s plenty to do in Milford this weekend.

While in Milford for the Home Tour, save some time to visit our great downtown stores on Saturday and to eat at one of our fabulous restaurants. All of the restaurants will be open on Saturday and many on Sunday. Some downtown stores will be open both days, too. Please visit our Home Tour sponsors and supporters – The Palate restaurant, Fresco Pizza (at the southwestern edge of town – close to the tractor show),The Milford House, Bar & Grill, and Tequilaritas. Your Nesting Place, Main Street Art and Acorn Farm are three merchant supporters downtown. If you want to see some of the other places that have been featured in this series, the Mill Valley waterfall in behind the Mill Valley shopping complex and the Milford Feed Company is at the end of Houghton St, off Atlantic St.

I’ll be helping out at some of the venues, so look for me and say hi if you see me. For more information about the Home Tour and the Milford Historical Society click here.

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