Photo Tour: Salvation Army Mural & Historic Milford, Delaware

Photo of Salvation Army Store Mural

One of six panels on Salvation Army Family Store Mural.
One of six panels on Salvation Army Family Store Mural. | Source

Salvation Army Building

The front of the Salvation Army Family Store Building which faces its own parking lot. The murals are on the long, left side of the building which faces the street.
The front of the Salvation Army Family Store Building which faces its own parking lot. The murals are on the long, left side of the building which faces the street. | Source

Milford Delaware Salvation Army Building

This hub is about the Salvation Army Family Store Building in my hometown of Milford, Delaware. As in many communities across the USA, the Salvation Army with its many volunteers is a welcome charity in our town helping many who are in need of clothing, furniture and other types of assistance. Until recently Milford's Salvation Army building was functional, plain white and non-descript. It looked more like a warehouse than a store until the local art league, the City of Milford and the Milford Museum collaborated on a joint project to create a block long mural transforming what used to be an ugly duckling into a swan. This hub is a pictorial about the mural and will also tell the story of the joint efforts to create this beautiful work of art on Southeast Front St. in downtown Milford.

The town is proud of its heritage as a river town, art town, hometown and historic town and the joint project to create the mural was a wonderful way to take even greater pride in the ongoing revitalization of the historic district. I have included some additional pictures of the down town area so the reader can get a sense of the neighborhood that the Salvation Army is in.

Photo of Milford banner

Milford, DE, is proud to be known as a river town, art town, home town with a historic down town. Flags with this inscription grace the historic streets and riverwalk.
Milford, DE, is proud to be known as a river town, art town, home town with a historic down town. Flags with this inscription grace the historic streets and riverwalk. | Source

Chairman of the Milford Museum Envisions Mural

Ideas, no matter how great, never become reality unless acted upon and this project was no exception. In 2008, Dave Kenton, who is chairman of the nearby Milford Museum envisioned a mural that would span the length of the white wall of the Salvation Army Building. Being a man of action, he approached the Mispillion Art League and shared his vision with them. Sara Gallagher and Mispillion Art League's Board of Directors agreed to take the project on. A total of 17 artists and 3 community volunteers eventually stepped up to the challenge and on Oct. 7, 2011 the mural was officially dedicated to the community and it's as beautiful as Dave Kenton originally imagined it would be.

Photo: Murals on Salvation Army Building

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Mispillion Art League Paints Salvation Army Mural

The creation of the mural was challenging and an act of love by the volunteer artists who sketched, graded and painted their vision onto the long concrete wall, working three to four days a week, weather permitting, over a four year time span. It took trial and error to find the right tools to sketch the scenes. And though their labor was free, the project still required funding which eventually came from six sponsors who each put up $1,000.

The completed mural has six panels, painted in vibrant colors and each panel depicts a historically accurate moment in Milford's past. The hope is that people viewing it will become more curious about the town's history and that it will encourage them to learn more by utilizing the newly renovated and expanded Milford Library resource room and the Milford Museum. Another goal of the project was to make residents and visitors more aware of the many talented artists that live in the community.

Photo Tour of Salvation Army Murals

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The Launching of the George May.The Old Red Mill & Silver Lake.The Pea Crop Wagons. The Railroad Depot.The Nixon Theatre.The Old Calvary Church.
The Launching of the George May.
The Launching of the George May. | Source
The Old Red Mill & Silver Lake.
The Old Red Mill & Silver Lake. | Source
The Pea Crop Wagons.
The Pea Crop Wagons. | Source
The Railroad Depot.
The Railroad Depot. | Source
The Nixon Theatre.
The Nixon Theatre. | Source
The Old Calvary Church.
The Old Calvary Church. | Source

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Mural Notecards

Beautiful "Mural Note-cards" are available through the Mispillion Art League and funds obtained from the sale help raise money for the league. A set of six cards, each depicting one of the historic panels is available, or individual cards can be purchased. Each card comes with an envelope and is blank inside.

For more information about the cards contact the Mispillion Art League, 5 N. Walnut St., Milford, DE 19963 or call 302-430-7646. You may also contact them through their website at www.mispillionarts.org .

Facts About The Six Panels of the Mural

The first mural was started in 2008 and depicts the Launching of the George May which was a cargo ship built in 1900, a time period when Milford, a town with the Mispillion River running straight through its center, had a thriving ship building industry.

The second mural, also started in 2008, depicts the Old Red Mill & C.D. Caulk Manufacturing Plant as they appeared in 1908 when both were on Silver Lake.

The third mural, the Pea Crop Wagons, was started in 2009. It shows a farmer's wagon waiting its turn for cannery processing at the Draper Cannery circa 1870-1930.

The fourth mural, the Railroad Depot, was also started in 2009 . The Railroad Depot Junction and Breakwater Line was in operation from 1860 to 1945 and the mural depicts it as it looked in 1915.

The fifth mural, started in 2010, depicts the Nixon Palace Theatre which was the home of the first Nickelodeons and later, silent movies, as it looked in 1920.

The sixth and final mural was also started in 2010 and depicts the Old Calvary Church as it looked in 1912.


Photo Tour of Historic Milford DE

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Downtown Milford. Note the paved sidewalks, old fashioned street lights and young tree plantings. Each spring Milford hosts a free Bug and Bud Festival with family entertainment, kid's activities, informational booths and vendor booths. Milford Riverwalk during annual Bug and Bud Festival.Milford Second Street Players Riverfront Theatre hosts live theatrical productions 6 times a year. View of Mispillion River which cuts through Downtown Milford. Quaint Barber Shop in historic Milford. The Milford Riverwalk is part of the Delaware History Trail.The Victorian Lady is an upscale Tea House in historic Milford.Downtown Milford also hosts an annual Holiday Stroll that features horse drawn carriage rides and street carollers dressed in Victorian costumes.Milford Library was recently expanded and now has a Delaware Research Room that houses the Milford Chronical from 1883 to present, a digitized Delaware Collection & Research Books.
Downtown Milford. Note the paved sidewalks, old fashioned street lights and young tree plantings.
Downtown Milford. Note the paved sidewalks, old fashioned street lights and young tree plantings. | Source
Each spring Milford hosts a free Bug and Bud Festival with family entertainment, kid's activities, informational booths and vendor booths.
Each spring Milford hosts a free Bug and Bud Festival with family entertainment, kid's activities, informational booths and vendor booths. | Source
Milford Riverwalk during annual Bug and Bud Festival.
Milford Riverwalk during annual Bug and Bud Festival. | Source
Milford Second Street Players Riverfront Theatre hosts live theatrical productions 6 times a year.
Milford Second Street Players Riverfront Theatre hosts live theatrical productions 6 times a year. | Source
View of Mispillion River which cuts through Downtown Milford.
View of Mispillion River which cuts through Downtown Milford. | Source
Quaint Barber Shop in historic Milford.
Quaint Barber Shop in historic Milford. | Source
The Milford Riverwalk is part of the Delaware History Trail.
The Milford Riverwalk is part of the Delaware History Trail. | Source
The Victorian Lady is an upscale Tea House in historic Milford.
The Victorian Lady is an upscale Tea House in historic Milford. | Source
Downtown Milford also hosts an annual Holiday Stroll that features horse drawn carriage rides and street carollers dressed in Victorian costumes.
Downtown Milford also hosts an annual Holiday Stroll that features horse drawn carriage rides and street carollers dressed in Victorian costumes. | Source
Milford Library was recently expanded and now has a Delaware Research Room that houses the Milford Chronical from 1883 to present, a digitized Delaware Collection & Research Books.
Milford Library was recently expanded and now has a Delaware Research Room that houses the Milford Chronicle from 1883 to present, a digitized Delaware Collection & Research Books. | Source

Learn More About Historic Milford DE

Hope you have enjoyed this photo gallery about the Salvation Army Murals and the historic section of Milford, Delaware. To find out more about Milford visit its website at the City of Milford Official Website: http://www.cityofmilford.com/ .

Map Showing Milford's Salvation Army Store

A marker11 South East Front St. Milford, DE 19963 -
11 S E Front St, Milford, DE 19963, USA
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Xenonlit profile image

Xenonlit 5 years ago

Well done! It is not easy to get such clear and bright photos of an external mural.


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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

I agree with Xenonlit. Getting those photos without glare was a great job. And the murals are so pretty and informational. Delaware is truly a work of art in that area. Your appreciation and love of your home shows in these Hubs you produce. I can see this one in a travel magazine.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Xenonlit,

Thanks. Glad you enjoyed it. The long view was hard as I couldn't stand back far enough and don't have a landscape feature on my camera.

I appreciate you reading the hub and leaving feedback.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Hyphenbird,

Thanks so much for your feedback and support. Glad my love for Milford and the nearby resort towns comes through in my hubs. Hubby and I have lived here for a decade now and it seems like the area just gets better and better. We don't live in the historic section but I'm in the library a lot and often take walks by the riverfront.


Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Beautiful murals...I love when people come together to better the community to bring about a positive change. These mural represent that..Gail your hub was so good and I enjoyed the history and the pitures.

Love,

Sunnie


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

The people who did this beautiful art work are to be commended! What a wonderful thing to do. You are lucky to live in an area where the people are proud of where they live, and want to make it a pretty place instead of just boring white concrete! You did a great job with your photos, too. I voted you Up, etc.etc.


femmeflashpoint 5 years ago

Boomer, this is truly fascinating! Especially, for those of us with a love for history and heritage!

I was so impressed with all of the murals. They have beautiful detailing, but the one that stood out the most to me was the Calvary Church with it's straight lines, stained glass windows, detailed sidewalks and passersby. It appears multi-dimensional and I had the compulsion to reach out and touch it, lol.

The artists did a spectacular job!

The shots of downtown, the streets and the water ways, wow! They "feel" old world. :) And, the Salvation Army shop turned out beautiful as well. The white base with the red accents gives it a light and airy "surf side" feel.

You and Hyph are doing some impressive work with photography, and I'm thrilled that the rest of us are getting to take part in your progress!

Excellent Hub and voted up and away!


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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

I loved the composition and depth of your photographs.


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

It's as if those photos came out from the paintings. It's vividly recorded. The light and tone are just in the right places.

I hope to get a more professional camera than having a point-and-shoot one.

Thanks for sharing this info, HBN. :D


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Like Vinaya-this is a well presented hub of a variety of photos that clearly help to define this quaint area. Very cool!


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sunnie,

That's exactly why I loved this project so much and why I feel exceptionally good every time I pass the murals.

Thanks so much for your feedback and ongoing support, it's greatly appreciated.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mary,

The people who created it were commended and thanked at the unveiling by many who came to the ceremony. I thought the mural was a wonderful gift to the whole community and it's nice to know that there are people willing to do give so much of their valuable time for beautification projects.

There's another gentleman in town who has been purchasing some of the run down historic houses, one house at a time and then renovating them and turning them into new store fronts on the lower level and apartments on top, yet the outer facade remains historic.

One story you'll love is that a church in town had a Victorian house used as an administrative building but it needed to expand the parking area around the church so instead of tearing the house down they gave it away to anyone who was willing to pay to take it to the new owner's lot. Someone did step forward and hired a special company to move it two blocks away (around a tight corner). Hundreds of people came out to watch it moved and it looks great on its new lot.

Thanks so much for all your support and I'm glad you enjoyed this hub.


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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

That's so good that this man would save old historic buildings. There are still a few old houses in my area, but they are going fast. Such a shame. They just get torn down and replaced! Wish I could buy them all. I just noticed after looking at your photos again: the artists painted directly over the concrete blocks. I would have thought they would need some sort of smooth finish in order to paint, but they didn't. This fact alone made their job harder. It's hard to paint artistically on concrete: I know, I've tried it! Bye for now....


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Dear Femmeflashpoint,

So glad you liked this pictorial of the mural and the historic section of my current town and thanks so much for the feedback and vote up.

I love that Calvary Church scene too as it is so serene.

Milford has done much to revitalize its downtown but the most amazing thing to me is that a decade ago it also had acres of undeveloped land zoned as commercial a few miles outside of town. It now has a brand new Hospice Center, Veteran's Home, Boy's and Girl's Club and many doctor's offices, and medical buildings in that commercial area. So we're a wonderful blend of old and new, each in its own section.

I so admire Hyph's photography and take what you said as a very great compliment.

Thanks again for all your support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Vinaya,

So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Travel Man,

When I decided to take photos for this hub I had to wait a few days because the weather was very overcast. On the next sunny day I grabbed my camera in late afternoon and was blessed with some great natural lighting.

Hope you get the camera of your dreams one day.

Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment. It's greatly appreciated.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hello Again My Dear Mary,

That is so sad but unfortunately it's quite the norm. As you know, it's a real labor of love and takes much work to renovate an older house and to move one as you did, requires imagination and practical planning! But girl, if you did have resources to save more houses I'm sure you'd do a great job.

Yes, the painting on brick was difficult, especially during the sketching phase which was one of the reasons why the murals took so long. The artists had to experiment before they found the tools and materials that worked best on that particular surface.

It is amazing to me that the way they painted these scenes there is no distortions from the brick! My camera has a sharper eye than human eyes and I was surprised that the bricks could be seen in the photos, albeit only if one looked carefully. When you're there in person you simply notice the scene.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Denise,

Thanks so much for taking time to read this and so many of my other hubs this morning. I really appreciate your support and am always amazed how you find time to be so active on Hub Pages, given your busy schedule. And you are always reaching out to others.

Sending Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States

I really think the murals are lovely and the story is inspiring when people work together for the common good. Interesting hub.


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stephaniedas 5 years ago from Miami, US

I spent 5 months in Millsboro and never made it out to Milford. What a shame! Maybe on my next visit.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I love Small Town, America! Great job.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

So glad you enjoyed the hub. It is amazing what can be accomplished when people work together for the common good. I appreciate your comment and support.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Stephaniedas,

Milford would be a nice day trip if you're in Delaware and like riverwalks and history. There are some nice eating places in town so it's a great place to have lunch.

Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Funny how we often miss things that are nearby. I don't think I've spent a day in Millsboro- am usually just passing through en route to somewhere else.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Thanks Will,

I totally agree. I love visiting big cities but enjoy living in small town America.


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Patty Inglish, MS 5 years ago from North America

Rated Up, Beautiful and Awesome! - This is a fantastic write up with photos and murals as well. Multimedia and I've shared it.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Patty Inglish,

I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it and have passed it on. Thanks so much.


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kimh039 5 years ago

Kudos to Salvation Army too, for the use of their building. Again, I love your photography. I love when the art community gives to the larger community too. Very well organized and well written hub, HBM, and nicely presented with a cheerful mood. Thanks.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kim,

Like usual, you make a great point in your comment- Kudos should go to the Salvation Army for the use of their building as a canvas and I neglected to say that fact.

Glad you enjoyed the photos and appreciated all the work that the artists did.


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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

YEAH! I can make the comment I wanted to a couple days ago!

Only this time I can see I was not alone... I am not the only one who has graded you an A++ for this most outstanding visual and informative presentation of an agency that is so close to our Nursing hearts!

Yes, it is fallishly fabulous weatherwise. Have a fun weekend! Voted UP & UABI, mar.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Mar,

Wow, you are so persistent. Thanks for coming back and for the high grade! (smile)

Yes, this definitely is an agency close to our nursing hearts.

Thanks for the vote up and your loving support. Am totally enjoying the weather with hubby.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Peggy W 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

Hi Gail,

You live in a beautiful place and obviously Milford, Delaware has other beautiful people with big hearts living there as well. That Salvation Army mural is wonderful! Thanks for showing us more about the place in which you reside. All up votes except funny.


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A.A. Zavala 5 years ago from Texas

The mayor of Deleware needs to give you a key to the state for all of the awesome hubs you've written about it. I'm calling my congressman to call your congressman to get it done.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi A.A.,

Thanks so much for making me laugh a SECOND time this morning. You really got me chuckling with your witty comments and I so appreciate your sense of humor and support.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon

Gail - As always beautifully presented and so interesting! "Wish I was there" is becoming my favorite saying~~


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Audrey,

Am thrilled that you liked it and grateful to you for inspiring me to increase my output of hubs. It's already paying off in random winnings and though there's only pennies in my AdSense account for this month, there's dollars in the HP Ad Program. Am so glad we're following each other and learning from each other's experiences.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Wow Gail another masterpiece to cherish.

So beautiful and also so well presented.

Take care an enjoy your weekend.

Eddy.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Eddy,

Am thrilled that you enjoyed it and appreciate the kind comments. Am enjoying the weekend and hope you are, too.


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frogyfish 5 years ago from Central United States of America

Enjoyed your tour in Milford, where I have never been, and your explanations with pictures was quite interesting.


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Welcome Frogyfish,

Thanks so much for the feedback. I'm glad you found the tour enjoyable and interesting and appreciate your taking time to leave a comment.


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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Well HBN, If you keep doing all these beautiful, informative hubs, I guess I won't have to visit, ha. Seriously, your Delaware hubs are awesome. Very professional and with great photos!

Sharyn


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Happyboomernurse 5 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Sharyn,

Your comment made me chuckle and brought a smile to my face. Thanks for the lovely feedback which is so very much appreciated. I am always thrilled to be able to share my hometown and Delaware with others. I feel so blessed to be living here in my retirement years.

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