Monday, March 28, 2016

Milton House

Arriving this morning in the mail: Milton (Images of America) by Doug Welch and the Milton Historical Society. I suspect anyone who has ever lived in Milton would enjoy it. I grew up there. The book begins with a brief history of the city and then there are five sections of captioned pictures: 1. Milton House, 2. Village of Milton, 3. Milton Junction, 4. Working Rails, and 5. Milton College.

So far I've only looked at the Milton House section. My parents took me to the pageant held when the museum first opened in 1955 and there are pictures of that pageant. In high school I volunteered Sundays as a guide in the museum and spent at least one summer, probably in 1962, as a paid guide (The wage was, I think, $1.25 an hour). On Sundays one guide didn't take a group through the entire tour - it was divided into sections with a different guide for each section. Prof "Si" Inglis always had the basement. The summer I worked there I recall going next door on hot days to Earl Young's Standard Station to buy pop out of the cooler in his front room. In my memory every day was hot that summer although cooler in the museum, especially in the basement and the tunnel. The regular staff at the museum included these folks. The caption is the one from the book.

During the early years of its operation, the Milton House was a seasonal museum offering tours from May through September each year. It was not until the completions of the 2006 expansion that the museum could be opened year round. Pictured here at the opening of the 1960 tour season are museum curators Rev John and Emily Randolph.

I believe "FitzRandolph" is correct, although "Fitz Randolph" may be right. (Note: I gather from a descendent that, for this generation, "Randolph" is correct, although both the previous and subsequent generations used "FitzRandolph.")

I anticipate enjoying the remaining sections of the book just as much as this one.

I believe the book can be purchased from the Milton Historical Society. An Amazon link for the book is here.

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