Milton, Massachusetts

Milton is a town in Norfolk County, Massachusetts, part of the Greater Boston area. Milton is known as the birthplace of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush and also renowned architect Buckminster Fuller. Milton has the highest percentage of residents per capita citing Irish heritage of any town in the United States: 38 percent. In recent years, Money magazine has listed Milton near the top of its “Best Places to Live” in the United States.

Milton was settled in 1640 as part of Dorchester. Referred to as Unquity, the term used by the Neponset Tribe of the Massachusetts Indians meaning Lower Falls. The Suffolk Resolves were signed in Milton in 1774, and were used as a model by the drafters of the Declaration of Independence in 1776. The Suffolk Resolves House, where the Resolves were passed, still stands and is maintained as the headquarters of the Milton Historical Society.

Boston investors, seeing the potential of the town and its proximity to the city, provided the capital to develop 18th-century Milton as an industrial site with an iron slitting mill, paper and sawmills, and the first chocolate factory in New England (the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory) in 1764, which was converted from the old Stoughton Grist Mill. Laying of streetcar lines fueled the rapid expansion of residential development. Milton has 27 sites or districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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