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Get To Know The Town Of MiltonSettled in 1640, Milton was once part of Dorchester, MA and was referred to as "Unquety", the term used by the Neponset Tribe of the Massachusetts Indians as meaning "Lower Falls" which was translated into the Lower Mills after the establishment of the Stoughton Grist Mill in 1634. In 1662, "that part of the Town of Dorchester which is situated on the south side of the Naponsett River commonly called "Unquatiquisset" was established as an independent town and named Milton in honor of Milton Abbey, Dorset, England.
The Neponset River powered industry early in the Milton village area attracting settlers and other commercial endeavors. A grist mill evolved into a chocolate mill, which later become the Walter Baker Chocolate Factory, the first chocolate producer in the colonies. At that time, all chocolate was imported in the form of cocoa beans that had to be ground by hand with a mortar and pestle. Needless to say, the chocolate business was a great success. The Walter Baker Chocolate Factory produced chocolate until 1965, when the building was converted into apartments. The Neponset River still thunders over the old dam on its way out to the Neponset Estuary and the sea.
Milton still retains a good many 19th century country houses and estates and early 19th century workers' housing, including the Forbes House and the Suffolk Resolves House, and field stone walls forming property boundaries are not uncommon.
Milton has several small commercial areas including Milton Village and East Milton Square. Current Town plans include making improvements to the Milton Village area. This includes streetscape improvements to Adams Street and Central Avenue, four station rehabilitation projects along the Red Line's Trolley Service and a new zoning overlay district to encourage revitalization.
The Milton Public School system consists of 6 schools: 4 elementary (Collicott, Cunningham, Tucker and Glover), the Pierce Middle School, and Milton High School. During the last five years, Milton has made rebuilding aging school structures a priority. All of the schools have undergone or are currently undergoing renovation or construction.
Milton is also the home of renowned private schools such as Milton Academy, Fontbonne Academy, and Curry College.
Milton is a contemporary suburban community in eastern Massachusetts that prides itself on a rich historical heritage, tree-lined streets, and acres of protected open space. Milton is unique in that it has the most privately and publicly conserved land within 20 miles of Boston, giving the town a bucolic atmosphere in close proximity to the cultural and business opportunities in the Greater Boston area.
Milton residents have quick access to major highways such as Routes 128, Interstate 93 and Interstate 95. Residents can also access the Red Line into Boston via the Mattapan Trolley.