The Town of Milton Historian’s Office is dedicated to the motto "Preserving the Past—Collecting for the Future." Its primary concern is with the people of Milton and their pursuits and activities from earliest times through the present.
The collection of historical information and materials is arranged by:
- churches and cemeteries;
- agriculture. business, industry;
- schools and civic organizations;
- pictures and maps;
- narrative materials; and
Anyone tracing ancestors and/or their location in Milton through the years may contact the Historian with a request for the particular information desired. Such requests need to include specific name(s) with date, place of birth, death, and marriage if known. Inquiries regarding local history in general may also be submitted. Requestes need to include return contact information and may be submitted by one of the following:
- Phone at (518) 885-9220 Extension 135
- Postal Mail at Town of Milton Historian, 503 Geyser Road, Ballston Spa, New York, 12020
The public is welcome to come to the Historian's Office by scheduleing an appointment to review materials relative to request for information and also to reference the general local history materials that are available.
While most of the Historian’s Office activity involves preserving and sharing the past, the Office is equally interested in collecting recent and current information and materials to be available for the future. The Office is very much interested in collecting any information and pictures that would update and extend current records or establish new records that will be available to our younger generations as they seek to learn about family and Milton history in the years to come.
HISTORICAL STRUCTURES AND PLACES COMMITTEE- UPDATE
The Historic Structures and Places Committee continue to work on finalizing a DRAFT TOWN OF MILTON HERITAGE PRESERVATION GUIDELINES to be presented to the Town Board for review and action. These Guidelines address and promote the objective added to the 2001 Milton Comprehensive Plan through 2006 Resolution #41: "Strive to protect Milton historic structures and places that are the foundations of the present and future Town of Milton."
Both National and New York State legislation provide municipalities the authority to enact laws and rules to identify and protect historic and cultural resources. The Town of Milton has many such resources that reflect its heritage and in 2005 the Town Board established a Historic Structures and Places Committee to consider and recommend measures to protect these resources. Since that time the Committee has studied this legislation as well as that of area municipalities and numerous reference materials regarding historic preservation.
In April the Committee presented these DRAFT Guidelines materials to the Town Board for consideration and review. Referral to the Planning Board and the Zoning Board for review was requested. The Committee then presented these materials and attended the May meeting of each of these Boards to respond to questions and comments.