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Milton Massachusetts (MA) Real Estate Tour

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Uploaded on Jul 23, 2008

http://www.miltonmarealestate.com -- Tour Milton, MA neighborhoods, condominium developments, subdivisions, schools, landmarks, recreational areas, and town offices.

Milton, Massachusetts is an affluent suburban community between the Neponset River and the Blue Hills. Although the first English traders passed through Milton in the 1620's, the earliest permanent settlement occurred in 1634 when colonists created an agricultural community growing barley, rye and Indian corn. A powder mill was built in 1674 and is thought to be the first of its kind in the colonies.

Boston investors, seeing the potential of the site and its proximity to the city, provided the capital to develop 18th century Milton as an important industrial site with an iron slitting mill, paper and sawmills and the first chocolate factory in New England in 1764. Benjamin Crahore began making pianos in 1800 in what is thought to be the first piano factory in the country.

Situated at the head of a tidewater, Milton became a commercial trading center where goods from the interior could be exchanged for West Indian imports. Prosperous Bostonians, including Governor Hutchinson, followed their investments and moved to Milton, creating an early estate district which grew side-by-side with 125 farms.

As Milton's fortunes grew, immigrants arrived from Ireland, Nova Scotia and Scotland to work along the bustling harbor. Laying of streetcar lines fueled the rapid expansion of residential development and between 1870 and 1915 Milton grew into essentially the community it is now, a wealthy streetcar suburb with only some chocolates, biscuits and market produce to remind residents of the past.

By 1929 many of the big estates were broken up into subdivisions. Milton now retains a good many 19th century country houses and estates and early 19th century workers' housing. For other town tours visit http://www.virtualhomes.com . For towns in MA visit http://www.ma-virtualhomes.com . For MA relocation information go to http://www.relocationma.com . For a MA MLS map search visit http://www.virtualhomesmls.com .

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