was a village in the Marsh Creek Valley of Chester County, Pennsylvania
that was inundated by the construction of the Marsh Creek
Dam in 1972.
Milford Mills was one of several farming villages settled by Welsh
in the first quarter of the 18th century in Upper Uwchlan Township
. Like nearby Lyndell
, Milford Mills grew during the 19th century as paper and textile manufacturing flourished. Bypassed by large-scale industry in the late 19th century, the region reverted to an agricultural economy until after World War II
when the Pennsylvania Turnpike
brought suburban development to northwestern Chester County.
From 1964-1972 the State of Pennsylvania acquired properties throughout the region for the Marsh Creek Dam project, relocating residents and finally razing the village entirely. Today the site lies beneath the Marsh Creek Lake: part of a water management project operated by the Chester County Water Resources Authority
and the State of Pennsylvania.
Abandoned roads and traces of houses, barns and other structures can be seen on the shores of the lake and in adjacent recreation areas in Marsh Creek State Park
Quillman, Catherine C. The story of Milford Mills and the Marsh Creek Valley
, Devon, PA: privately printed, 1989 Read More