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Milton, Massachusetts, USA - Observatory, Blue Hill Reservation. Milton, Mass.

Milton, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA

Milton was settled around 1640 as a part of Dorchester by Puritans from England Referred to as "Unquity", the term used by the Neponset Tribe of the Massachusetts Indians meaning "Lower Falls," which was translated into "Lower Mills" after the establishment of the Stoughton Grist Mill in 1634. kids.kiddle.com

Milton includes: Adamsville, Blue Hill, Brush Hill, and Lower Mills.


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Observatory, Blue Hill Reservation. Milton, Mass.
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Observatory, Blue Hill Reservation. Milton, Mass.
Athletic Field from Brook Road, Milton Academy, Milton, Mass.
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Athletic Field from Brook Road, Milton Academy, Milton, Mass.
Village Inn, Milton Lower Mills, Milton, Mass. (1907)
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Village Inn, Milton Lower Mills, Milton, Mass. (1907)
Milton Water Front, 1907
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Girl's School, Milton Academy
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Eliot Memorial Bridge, Blue Hill Reservation
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1839 - Milton
Milton, Massachusetts
Norfolk county. This interesting and pleasant town, the Uncataquissit of the Indians, lies 7 miles S. from Boston and 6 E. from Dedham. Neponset river washes its northern border and affords numerous valuable mill sites. This town was taken from Dorchester, in 1662. Population, 1837, 1,772. A large part of the land is a gravelly loam, strong and very productive. The manufactures consist of paper, granite, leather, hats, chairs, cabinet ware, playing cards, &c.: total annual amount, about $100,000. The manufacture of paper from beach grass has recently been commenced, and promises to be a good substitute for rags, for the more common kinds.

The village called the "Mills," comprising a part of Dorchester, at the head of navigation, on the Neponset, is a wild, romantic place, and ever since the first settlement of the country, has been the seat of considerable trade and manufacture.

The village at the rail-road, near the granite quarry, in Quincy, about a mile ... Read MORE...

1845 - MILTON. [Pop. 1,822. Inc. 1662.]
Milton, called by the Indians, Uncataquisset, was originally a part of Dorchester, and probably not named in honor of John Milton, the Great Author of Paradise Lost, but Mill-ton, from its Mills.

The Blue Hills in this town and Canton, are the highest land in the county, being 710 feet above the level of the sea.

The first paper-mill in the United States was established here, on the Neponset, by some Boston merchants, in 1728.

A house, still standing on what is called Milton Hill, was the residence of Thomas Hutchinson, who wrote a valuable History of Massachusetts, and governed the State just before the Revolution, when he went to England, and died in 1780.

Distance from Dedham, 6 miles ; from Boston, 7.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1871 - New Public Library
The town of Milton, Mass., with a population of less than 3,000, has voted $5,000 to establish a public library, and an equal amount has been raised by subscription.
St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
January 14, 1871
1886 - "Anna and Wendell Phillips" is to be the inscription on the tombstone of the famous Abolitionist and his wife, at Milton, Mass.

St Joseph Herald
Saint Joseph, Michigan
July 3, 1886
Milton Massachusetts, 1890
Milton is an old suburban town of much scenic beauty, lying in the northeasterly part of Norfolk County. It is bounded on the north by Boston (Dorchester district), east by Quincy, south by the same and Randolph and Canton; by the latter also on the southwest; and on the west by Hyde Park. The assessed area is 8,040 acres.

The forests are chiefly oak. The borders of the town are hilly, except on the north, and there is an extensive elevation in the central part. On the border next Canton is Blue Hill, whose summit is 635 feet above the level of the sea; and the views here obtained are exceedingly beautiful. On this hill is a meteorological observatory whose weather indications are published in the Boston dailies. From the blue tints this and other hills of this group wear when seen from the sea, they have gained their name of Blue Hills. They were formerly the habitat of numerous rattlesnakes. The principal underlying rocks are sienite and granite, and are extensively quarried.... Read MORE...

1895 - Milton
Milton, a post-township, in Norfolk co., Mass., on the Neponset River, and on a branch of the Colony Railroad, 7 or 8 miles S. of Boston. It contains a high school, 3 churches, a paper-mill, a chocolate-mill and many elegant residences. Fine granite is found here. P. of the township, in 1890, 4278.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1906
Milton, a banking post-village in Milton township (town), Norfolk co., Mass., on the Neponset River and on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 8 miles S. of Boston. It has paper-mills, manufactures of ceiling-wax, cement, tallow, etc. Fine granite is quarried here. Pop. in 1900, 6570.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1938 - "Long Island Express"
The "Long Island Express" was first detected over the tropical Atlantic on September 13, although it may have formed a few days earlier. Moving generally west-northwestward, it passed to the north of Puerto Rico on the 18th and 19th, likely as a category 5 hurricane. It turned northward on September 20 and by the morning of the 21st it was 100 to 150 miles east of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. At that point, the hurricane accelerated to a forward motion of 60 to 70 mph, making landfall over Long Island and Connecticut that afternoon as a Category 3 hurricane. The storm became extratropical after landfall and dissipated over southeastern Canada on September 22.

Blue Hill Observatory, Massachusetts measured sustained winds of 121 mph with gusts to 183 mph (likely influenced by terrain). A U.S. Coast Guard station on Long Island measured a minimum pressure of 27.94 in. Storm surges of 10 to 12 ft inundated portions of the coast from Long Island and Connecticut eastward to... Read MORE...

1960 - March 3-5 -Eastern Massachusetts greatest March snowstorm of record -
The storm produced record 24 hour snowfall totals of 27.2 inches at Blue Hill Observatory, 17.7 inches at Worcester, and 16.6 inches at Boston. Winds gusted to 70 mph.
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1960 - September 12 - Hurricane Donna produced wind gusts to 138 mph at Blue Hill Observatory MA

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2023 - Milton, Massachusetts, is a charming town located just a few miles south of Boston. It offers a mix of historical sites, natural beauty, and recreational activities. Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Milton:
Blue Hills Reservation: This vast state park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. You can hike, bike, or go horseback riding on the numerous trails. If you visit in winter, there's cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The Skyline Trail offers stunning views of the Boston skyline.

Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate: This historic estate features beautiful gardens, walking trails, and a stunning Tudor-style mansion. It's a lovely place for a leisurely stroll or a picnic.

Adams Street Library: This quaint public library is a great spot to relax and read a book. It has a cozy atmosphere and a collection that's worth exploring.

Governor Hutchinson's Field: This historic site is a peaceful place to visit. It's named after Thomas Hutchinson, a colonial governor of Massachusetts, and offers a glimpse into the area's history.

Milton Art Center: If you're into the arts, this center hosts exhibitions, classes, and workshops. It's a fantastic place to appreciate local talent and perhaps... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Milton, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorStephen KINSLEY (1598, , England (United Kingdom) - 4 June 1673, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorMary Elizabeth SPALDING (1600, , England (United Kingdom) - 10 January 1668, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorRobert TUCKER (8 June 1604, Milton, Kent, England - 11 March 1682, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorRobert BABCOCK (1610, Wivenhoe, Essex, England - 12 November 1694, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorTimothy WALES (5 November 1616, Idle, West Yorkshire, England - 31 March 1690, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorRalph HOUGHTON (1 May 1623, Lancaster, Lancashire, England - 15 April 1705, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
female ancestorJane STOWE (1626, , England (United Kingdom) - 10 January 1700, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorJohn FENNO (1629, , England (United Kingdom) - 7 April 1708, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)
male ancestorThomas SWIFT (17 April 1635, Dorchester, Massachusetts, USA - 26 January 1717, Milton, Massachusetts, USA)

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male ancestorNathaniel WALES (25 May 1658 - 22 June 1744) and female ancestorSusannah BLAKE (20 July 1661 - 5 February 1729) married 29 August 1668
male ancestorJohn WILLISTON (1651 - ) and female ancestorAbigail SALISBURY (1660 - 15 August 1736) married 9 June 1676
male ancestorDependence FRENCH (7 March 1649 - 11 October 1732) and female ancestorRebecca FENNO (23 September 1662 - July 1741) married 27 April 1688
male ancestorDavid HORTON (14 October 1679 - 7 January 1752) and female ancestorMary BABCOCK (28 January 1680 - 14 March 1740) married 10 September 1702
male ancestorEdward ADAMS (13 January 1682 - 22 September 1742) and female ancestorRachel SANDERS (18 September 1685 - 14 November 1727) married 11 April 1706
male ancestorSamuel SWIFT (10 December 1680 - 13 October 1747) and female ancestorAnn HOLMAN (16 August 1680 - 19 May 1769) married 6 November 1707
male ancestorEbenezer George TUCKER (5 November 1803 - 20 July 1886) and female ancestorMary A ATHERTON (19 November 1805 - bef. 1834) married 20 February 1831
male ancestorEbenezer George TUCKER (5 November 1803 - 20 July 1886) and female ancestorAnnie Tisdale ATHERTON (2 April 1804 - ) married 5 October 1834

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