Fun & Great Dining on Delaware History Trail: Milton

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant

Outdoor seating at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant overlooks the Broadkill River and the gazebo in Milton Memorial Park.
Outdoor seating at Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant overlooks the Broadkill River and the gazebo in Milton Memorial Park.

Welcome to Milton, Delaware

Today's visit along the Delaware History Trail takes us to the Town of Milton, which is a Preserve America Community that cherishes its history and has made great efforts to revitalize its historic buildings and town center. Some of its Colonials are simple farmhouse structures that contain a single room while others are two-story homes with large wraparound porches. The Victorian style homes include Gothics with round top turrets and porches trimmed with gingerbread molding.

Today, Milton is well known for its 4 stately "Governor's Houses" which the town has commemorated with a Governor's Walk that meanders along the Broadkill River.

Delaware History Trail Sign

Those using a passport should look for this sign which is posted at every site along the Delaware History Trail. Visitors should enter the code number for each location into their passport.
Those using a passport should look for this sign which is posted at every site along the Delaware History Trail. Visitors should enter the code number for each location into their passport. | Source

The State of Delaware History Trail & Passport

This hub is part of a series about historic places to visit and eat along the Delaware History Trail. The trail and its website were created by the Delaware Tourism Office to highlight significant historic sites which have impacted Delaware and our nation's history.

Those who complete the trail and fill out special codes on their passports may receive a limited-edition copy of, "Landmarks & Legacies," a beautifully illustrated history book which features photographs by renowned photographer, Kevin Fleming, and contains many interesting facts about Delaware's colorful and important history.

You can learn more about the trail and download a free Delaware History Trail Passport at: http://www.visitdelaware.com/delaware-history-trail/.

Video of Historic Milton Delaware

Milton Memorial Park

Close up of the gazebo with  memorial gardens in full bloom.
Close up of the gazebo with memorial gardens in full bloom. | Source
Plein Air artist captures the beauty of the gazebo and its gardens.
Plein Air artist captures the beauty of the gazebo and its gardens. | Source

Milton in Bloom

One of the first things you will notice if you visit Historic Downtown Milton in the spring, summer or fall seasons is the magnificent flowers and gardens that the Milton Garden Club members have planted throughout the town.

The garden club was established in 1998 and is dedicated to beautifying Milton by planting an abundance of flowers, shrubs and trees. Their first project was the planting of 3 gardens in Milton Memorial Park and today the club is responsible for 10 gardens and over 50 urns and planters which are located in Milton Memorial Park, in Magnolia Square, in front of the library, along the Governor's Walk and Union and Federal Streets.

A recent club project was the landscaping of 6 memorial gardens around the gazebo in Milton Memorial Park.

Each July, the club sponsors the Milton Garden & Homes Tour which is a fun way to meet local residents who care about Milton's history and are actively beautifying the town, as well as their own homes and private gardens.

The 2012 tour featured two homes, a museum, seven private gardens, two public gardens and a special display by A.H. Angerstein, Inc. on the use of landscaping pavers and stones. I've included photos that I took during the tour for your viewing pleasure. The hard work and planning of the club was evident by the club volunteers who greeted visitors at each location. The home owners of the private gardens were also very friendly and welcomed the public as their guests.

Milton Garden Club Tour

2014 Milton Garden Club Theme: "Walk Down Union St." featured 10 private gardens and 3 homes on Union Street.
2014 Milton Garden Club Theme: "Walk Down Union St." featured 10 private gardens and 3 homes on Union Street. | Source

Photos of Milton's 13th Annual Garden & Homes Tour

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Part of Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's Waterview Gardens estate. Note the lush green garden reflected in the mirrored "window".Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's turn of the century Victorian home was built by Captain George Magee. The estate has an extensive collection of garden rooms and intimate environs that have been a work in progress for the last 20 years.Libby & Bob's Waterview Gardens are multi-terraced and overlook the Broadkill River. This is one of the garden rooms which are designed to be intimate environs. The pool at Waterview Gardens is secluded and has water fountains.Union St. Bridge has hanging planters maintained by the Milton Garden Club. A vintage Radio Flyer Wagon adds charm and whimsy to the wooded garden area at Lynn & Mike Wajda's Bangor Lane home. Mansion Farm, the David Robbins Homestead, built circa 1810 and currently owned by Chuck & Christy Greaves who graciously opened their home and formal private gardens to the public during the tour.Interior photo of the Mansion Farm shows a display honoring Milton's place in ship building history. The Milton Library has lush plantings maintained by the garden club.
Part of Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's Waterview Gardens estate. Note the lush green garden reflected in the mirrored "window".
Part of Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's Waterview Gardens estate. Note the lush green garden reflected in the mirrored "window".
Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's turn of the century Victorian home was built by Captain George Magee. The estate has an extensive collection of garden rooms and intimate environs that have been a work in progress for the last 20 years.
Libby Zando & Bob Blayney's turn of the century Victorian home was built by Captain George Magee. The estate has an extensive collection of garden rooms and intimate environs that have been a work in progress for the last 20 years.
Libby & Bob's Waterview Gardens are multi-terraced and overlook the Broadkill River. This is one of the garden rooms which are designed to be intimate environs.
Libby & Bob's Waterview Gardens are multi-terraced and overlook the Broadkill River. This is one of the garden rooms which are designed to be intimate environs.
The pool at Waterview Gardens is secluded and has water fountains.
The pool at Waterview Gardens is secluded and has water fountains.
Union St. Bridge has hanging planters maintained by the Milton Garden Club.
Union St. Bridge has hanging planters maintained by the Milton Garden Club.
A vintage Radio Flyer Wagon adds charm and whimsy to the wooded garden area at Lynn & Mike Wajda's Bangor Lane home.
A vintage Radio Flyer Wagon adds charm and whimsy to the wooded garden area at Lynn & Mike Wajda's Bangor Lane home.
Mansion Farm, the David Robbins Homestead, built circa 1810 and currently owned by Chuck & Christy Greaves who graciously opened their home and formal private gardens to the public during the tour.
Mansion Farm, the David Robbins Homestead, built circa 1810 and currently owned by Chuck & Christy Greaves who graciously opened their home and formal private gardens to the public during the tour.
Interior photo of the Mansion Farm shows a display honoring Milton's place in ship building history.
Interior photo of the Mansion Farm shows a display honoring Milton's place in ship building history.
The Milton Library has lush plantings maintained by the garden club.
The Milton Library has lush plantings maintained by the garden club.

Lydia B. Cannon Museum

Lydia B. Cannon Museum and Milton Historical Society building is a great place to start your tour.
Lydia B. Cannon Museum and Milton Historical Society building is a great place to start your tour. | Source

Lydia B. Cannon Museum & Historical Society Home

The Lydia B. Cannon Museum is housed in a former Methodist Protestant Church originally erected in 1857. The current structure has beautiful stained glass windows and functional bell tower. This beautiful building is home to the Milton Historical Society and is a great place to start your historical tour of Milton.

The society has an awesome website that I would strongly recommend you visit even before your trip to Milton begins. You can download a free, Milton Sound Walk tour, plus a printable map at: http://www.historicmilton.org/discover/ . This unique, self-guided tour contains many interesting historic facts about the buildings and places you'll be seeing and includes interviews with long time Milton residents and historians.

Even if you've downloaded the above, be sure to visit the museum when you get to Milton as it houses excellent exhibits portraying Milton's early years, a doctor's office, historic ship building tools and also many historic photographs and artifacts. Admission is free and the grounds are also lovely.

Milton Memorial Park Bandstand Concert

Residents and visitors enjoying a free summer concert at the park.
Residents and visitors enjoying a free summer concert at the park. | Source

Free Summer Concerts at Milton Memorial Park

The town sponsors free concerts in Milton Memorial Park one evening each week from the end of May to the end of August and the concerts are a great way to enjoy Milton's small town ambience. Kids will love playing in the nautical themed playground and taking train rides while waiting for the concert to begin.

Adults and families can bring coolers and have picnics prior to the concert or enjoy strolling through the park or taking an early evening walk through the adjacent, historic district of the town.

Train Ride in Milton Memorial Park

Train rides in Milton Memorial Park are available during special events such as summer concerts.
Train rides in Milton Memorial Park are available during special events such as summer concerts.

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant

Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant serves great food in a casual, friendly atmosphere.
Irish Eyes Pub & Restaurant serves great food in a casual, friendly atmosphere. | Source

Great Places to Eat

My favorite eatery in the historic section of Milton is the Irish Eyes Pub and Restaurant which is in the heart of the district and overlooks the Broadkill River and Miton Memorial Park. It serves traditional Irish fare, seafood, burgers and salads for lunch and dinner.

It also has an authentic style Irish bar and daily happy hour specials. Live entertainment is often available on weekends and in summer you can hear and view the free Weds. evening concerts at the adjacent Milton Memorial Park if they dine outside on the patio or deck.

A new eating option in Milton is the Good Fellas Italian Restaurant & Lounge which is a family run business. Its owners, Ralph and Donna Colone, have their original restaurant in Dagsboro. They are looking to build up a base of repeat customers who enjoy delicious Italian food served in a friendly atmosphere and chose this Milton location because of the town's friendly residents and small town atmosphere.

Good Fellas offers an assortment of homemade Italian entrees including hand-tossed brick oven pizza, Stromboli and lasagna. The interior of the restaurant features Italian themed d├ęcor and a full bar, plus there is an outdoor patio which overlooks Wagamons Pond and the Broadkill River.

Good Fellas Italian Restaurant & Lounge

Good Fellas Italian & Pizza Restaurant has excellent view of the riverwalk and delicious food.
Good Fellas Italian & Pizza Restaurant has excellent view of the riverwalk and delicious food. | Source

Great Place to Stay: Governor's Bed & Breakfast

If you want to really enhance your sense of history and are visiting from far away, consider staying overnight at The Governor's Bed & Breakfast which is furnished with antiques, was originally built in 1790 and offers its guests a full service dining experience for breakfast. All rooms have private baths and queen size beds and the Inn is within walking distance of the other historic sites and parks listed in this hub.

Lavender Fields Farm

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After Exploring History Visit These Milton Sites

Yes, Milton has a fascinating history but the town also has some unique, modern day locations a few miles from the historic section that are worthy of visiting.

Lavender Fields Farm is a wonderful place to go if you've ever longed to wander through blooming rows of purple lavender, pick your own bouquet of flowers and experience all the flavors, fragrances and healing qualities of lavender.

This working farm is entirely devoted to lavender and welcomes visitors. There is a quaint cottage store which sells everything from potted plants to scented soaps and the farm sometimes sponsors demonstrations of lavender's many uses. There is also a beautifully restored nineteenth century barn.

The ideal time to visit is in July when the fields are in full bloom and the fragrance of lavender hangs heavy in the air. For more information about the farm, including the availability of tours or special events call 302-684-1514.

Beer lovers will enjoy a trip to The Dog Fish Head Brewery where they can learn how micro beers are made. The brewery offers free tours, including samples of ale for those with valid, unexpired ID's proving they are over the age of 21. Reservations are strongly suggested as the tour groups are small and can fill up quickly. Call 1-888-8Dogfish for specific information about hours of operation and for reservations.

After your visit to the brewery, be sure to check out the on-site store where you can purchase Dog Fish Head beers and souvenir items.

Milton is Close to Delaware's Beach Resorts

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Hope you have enjoyed your cyber tour of the beautiful town of Milton and are able to visit it in person someday. Although the town is small, its history has been well preserved and it also played an important role in Delaware's History.

Many people visit Southern Delaware's resort beaches for a week of fun in sun and sand. If you're lucky enough to be one of the tourists that flock to this region, a side trip to nearby Milton is a wonderful way to spend a few quiet hours off the beaten path exploring history.

The following map includes addresses to the sites mentioned in this hub so you can enter them into your GPS.

Map of Historic Milton

show route and directions
A markerLydia Black Cannon Museum -
210 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

Home to the Milton Historical Society.

B markerChandler St. and Union Ave. Milton, DE -
Union St & Chandler St, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

Milton Memorial Park and Gardens.

C markerIrish Eyes Pub & Restaurant -
105 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

D markerThe Governor's Bed & Breakfast -
327 Union St, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

E markerGood Fellas Italian Restaurant & Lounge -
122 Mulberry St, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

F markerDogfish Head Brewery -
Village Center, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

This is a working beer brewery that offers free tours.

G markerLavender Fields Farm -
Cool Spring Rd, Milton, DE 19968, USA
[get directions]

A working farm that only grows lavender.

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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This looks like a lovely place to visit. I hope to come to Delaware to do some genealogy research in the fall of the year. Very interesting hub.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Pamela,

What an interesting reason to visit Delaware and fall is a wonderful time to plan a visit as the weather is still good (daytime temps of 60 to 80 although by November the temps start to drop down).

Is there a particular place you will be carrying out your genealogy research?


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Gail,

Your historical hubs are like gifts to me because they are in my own back yard. I know that one day I will explore these places. Thanks to you, now, I will have a heads up about the very best eateries, sites to see and places to stay overnight.

I am so very much into lavender these days that I would visit Milton to see Lavender Fields Farm alone. I love staying at bed and breakfasts, so very charming... and thank you for showcasing the elegant Governor's bed and breakfast. I would have to stop at the Irish and the Italian restaurants... way too hard to choose, so why bother!

Your series is as delightful as you. I am so happy that you are writing.

Voted UP & UABI & Fabulous... Many hugs, Maria


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Maria,

I am such a big fan of exploring our own backyards and even when my husband and I travel far away we always strike up a conversation with locals to get their opinion of the best places to eat and visit.

So glad I can be your unofficial, Delaware tour guide.

Yes, you could venture down here and feel like you're on a French Farm when you go to Lavender Fields, have traveled back to Colonial times when you stay at the Governor's Bed & Breakfast and eat and drink like the Irish or Italians at the nearby restaurants. Hmmm.... choosing which to do is definitely the hardest part! LOL

Thanks so much for the vote up, encouragement and hugs.

Sending Hub Love Your Way and am off to read the second installment of your new legacy series about your mother.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

What a wonderful review of the town of Milton, it's history (great video!) and nearby locations. Loved your photos. Voted all across except funny and sharing. Would love to visit there someday! Thanks!


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Green Lotus 4 years ago from Atlanta, GA

I bet those garden tours were spectacular...especially Libby and Bob's home! Rated up and useful :) Cheers.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Happyboomernurse, this is another added gem to your series of these quaint and relaxing getaway spots. You always paint these portraits with so mych color. You bring your guests right along with you. Thank you.


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shalini sharan 4 years ago from Delhi

this was a really imaginative work

thank you for sharing


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Peggy,

So glad you enjoyed the hub and I hope you do get a visit to visit this wonderful, historic town someday.

I'm sure you would love it.

Thanks so much for the vote up and the share.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Green Lotus,

You are absolutely right!

Also, Libby and Bob's home and garden is used for art & photography workshops. As you can see, there's much inspiration for artists in this unique setting.

Thanks for your feedback. It's greatly appreciated.

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Aw Mike,

You are so kind and supportive. I truly appreciate your feedback and am glad to know you're enjoying this series.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Shalini,

So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for leaving a comment.


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

HBN, another great article! Milton looks like a beautiful place, very charming. You always do such a great job writing about them Gail. Each one you write about, I want to visit:) Great pictures and information as always. Anywhere close to the beach is a big thumbs up for me:) Voting this up and all the way across but funny.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Lyricwriter,

The best thing about Milton is that it truly reflects small town life not just in the present but also in the past.

The contrast to our busy yet beautiful beach resorts is amazing and tourists who visit both places can have totally different experiences and come away with a greater understanding of our state.

Thanks so much for your kind, supportive words and the vote up.

Hope you are having a great summer.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Since I have never seen Delaware, I always appreciate your hubs on that state. The pics are great and now, at least, because of your efforts I have some vision in my brain about the lovely area in which you live. Thank you Gail!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

There's a two word "joke" about my state:

"Dela Where???"

It's always a good day when someone like yourself who has never seen it, lets me know that a hub I've written has given them a positive image of my wonderful state.

Delaware is small but truly wondrous and I'm grateful that I'm able to live here.

Thanks so much for your feedback and support.


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Alastar Packer 4 years ago from North Carolina

Gail your turning me into a Delawareophile, I swanee you are lol. The folks in Milton really have their sense of all the good things in the past, present, and future well in order: the beauty of the memorial park and other spots, the museum and all the activities must truly make for a great place to reside and visit. I'd love to stop in for a bite and mug at the Irish Eyes restaurant and stroll through the Lavender fields. And of course check-out those Delaware beaches!


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MartieCoetser 4 years ago from South Africa

As the other hubs in this series of yours, I enjoyed this visit to Milton tremendously, as if I was there in flesh and bone. I love the pictures, although I know they cannot reveal the real wide-angle beauty of a place. But, at least, they provide an idea. And the video is awesome!

Thank you so much, Gail!

Voted up and ayoba :)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Alastar,

Delawareophile? Now that's a term I've never heard but it sounds pretty cool. LOL

Ah yes, I suspect you'd fit right in at Irish Eyes sitting at the bar and entertaining the locals with paranormal stories of the Civil War. They'd surely have a few of their own tales to share with you.

Thanks for leaving such a delightful comment.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Martie,

So thrilled you enjoyed your "visit" and thanks for the feedback and ongoing support.

You are definitely right- it's hard to capture the true essence of a place in photos.

Glad you had a chance to watch the video.

Sending Hub Hugs Your Way,

Gail

BTW: I love your new profile pic.


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b. Malin 4 years ago

What a Wonderful Treat and read Gail, very Enjoyable as well as Educational. You always make these Hubs so Interesting and Informative. Now I feel like I've been there... Especially after watching the Video, and viewing your Beautiful pictures... And maybe one day, I will go with Lover Man. You've been a Marvelous Tour Guide my friend.


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi b. Malin,

Am thrilled you enjoyed your cyber visit and hope you and Lover Man do get to visit this charming historical town someday. I'm sure you could write a great hub about it that would be an entirely unique experience. Something witty, fun and imaginative. LOL

Thanks for the kind words and your ongoing support. They're very much appreciated.


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Danette Watt 4 years ago from Illinois

Wonderful hub, interesting and very well written with loads of info! And of course your photos are beautiful. :)

If I ever find myself headed to Delaware, I'm going to go back and check out all your tour hubs. Voted up and across the board (except funny, although the train looked fun.)


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Danette,

Thanks for the great review. As always, I'm thrilled that you liked it and appreciative of the vote up.

Next time I go to a concert I'm hopping on that train even if I don't have a child with me. There's definitely something very appealing and fun about it.

Hub Hugs,

Gail


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Dolores Monet 4 years ago from East Coast, United States

Hi Gail - next time I'm in the area, I've got to check out the lavender gardens. They must be exquisite!


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Happyboomernurse 4 years ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Dolores,

Yes, the lavender gardens are great, especially when many of the plants are in full bloom which is usually the month of July. Some species will bloom in August and I believe the farm stays open till early October but it would be best to check hours of operation before you go.

Hope you're having a great summer.


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kittythedreamer 23 months ago from the Ether

Very cool! You know, I lived in Maryland most of my life and did not travel to Delaware often enough! Thanks for sharing some info. and photos of this wonderful place. :)


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Happyboomernurse 23 months ago from South Carolina Author

Hi Kittythedreamer,

Your comment made me realize I'm doing the same thing in reverse---I've lived in Delaware for 14 years now, and rarely explore nearby sites in Maryland, although I have been to some lovely places on the Eastern Shore.

Glad you enjoyed the photos. I feel blessed to live in a place as beautiful as Southern Delaware and always enjoy sharing photos of it.

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