Milton Historical Society: Boats, Buttons, Beans and Beer Walking Tours

08/20/2016 at 09:30 AM
Location: Dogfish Head Craft Bewery
Address: 703 Chestnut Street
Milton, DE 19968

For immediate release:  May 8, 2016



Kevin Kelly



Boats, Buttons, Beans, and Beer Walking Tours of Milton


Explore historic Milton and find out why boats, buttons, beans and beer are so important here. The Milton Historical Society in partnership with Dogfish Head Brewery offers these tours monthly beginning in May through October. Milton was originally known as the “Head of the Broadkill” and enjoys a rich heritage with 198 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The walking tour reviews the town’s early history and includes a lively discussion of the ship captains and seafaring men who called Milton home. A broad range of architectural styles will be featured and button sheds, barns, and outbuildings will be discussed as the tour winds through side lanes and alleys. The tour will also include a history of the King Cole Cannery, part of the site where Dogfish Head Brewery is now located.


Tours begin at the Dogfish Head Brewery Steampunk Treehouse at 6 Village Center Blvd. beginning at 9:30 am and last about an hour and a half.  For GPS purposes please use 511 Chestnut St., Milton, DE 19968.   The walk covers a little over a mile. Sturdy, closed-toe walking shoes are required. Bring and use plenty of sun block.  Hats are recommended.  The cost is $5 cash for non-MHS members and free for MHS members. Reservations are required. Reserve your tour by calling 302-684-1010 or sending an email to Tour dates for 2016 are May 21, June 25, July 23, August 20, and October 1.


Please park in the Dogfish Head Brewery parking lot off Village Center Blvd.  If you plan to take a tour of the brewery with beer tasting, you can sign up for a tour beginning at 10:45 am right after the walking tour. These tours are first come, first served and always free.


You may sign up in advance for the brewery tour in the main entrance near the Steampunk Treehouse.  The MHS cannot guarantee that space will be available for the brewery tour.  However, they are offered throughout the day.


The Milton Historical Society and Museum is located at 210 Union Street in downtown historic Milton.  Admission is free.  The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. For further information, contact the museum at 302-684-1010 or email