Milton, Delaware

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Milton is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, in the United States. The population was 1,657 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Seaford, Delaware Micropolitan Statistical Area.



Located at the head of the Broadkill River, Milton was first settled in 1672 by English Colonists. The town was known by various names until 1807, when it was named for the English poet, John Milton. The Delaware General Assembly passed the charter that recognized The Town of Milton as a municipality in 1945.[1]

History and Milton's shipbuilding heritage remain very important to the town, which is home to some of the finest Victorian and Colonial architecture in Delaware. Many of the homes have been restored to their original form, particularly those on Union and Federal streets.

Milton has 198 structures on the Federal Register Historic District and its history is preserved in the Lydia Black Cannon Museum, the Governor James Carey home, the Chestnut Street Cemetery, and the Governor David Hazzard Mansion.

Today, Milton serves local residents and summer tourists in the Milton, Broadkill Beach and Primehook Beach areas with family operated businesses and new office and shopping complexes.

Milton boasts numerous community organizations, a civic center, a memorial park, a volunteer fire department, a public library, more than a half-dozen major annual events, and churches.

Recreational opportunities abound with the Broadkill River, Wagamon's Pond, Diamond Pond and Lavinia Pond. Public boat docks and fishing piers are also available.


Milton is located at 38°46′48″N 75°18′46″W / 38.78°N 75.31278°W / 38.78; -75.31278 (38.779873, -75.312827),[2] along the Broadkill River.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.7 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (8.62%) is water.


As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,657 people, 700 households, and 438 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,568.5 people per square mile (603.6/km²). There were 804 housing units at an average density of 761.1/sq mi (292.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.11% White, 24.32% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 6.04% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.93% of the population.

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