The Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour
In 2005, the Milton High School Alumni Association created the Walking Tour as a community service project to launch TIME. It promotes three primary objectives – historic preservation, education, and fitness and health. There are 16 tour stops on the one-mile loop through the downtown business district bordered by Front, Walnut, Arch, and Mahoning Streets. Each of the stops features photo/literature kiosks explaining the history of Milton. Murals, featuring highlights of Milton’s history, can be seen along the Walking Tour.
The idea that ultimately evolved into the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour was born in September 2004, when George Venios, President of the Milton High School Alumni Association, encountered Amy Moyer, President of The Improved Milton Experience (T.I.M.E.), and Ray Rugh, former Chief of the Milton Fire Department, while all three were enjoying the annual Milton Harvest Festival activities.
As a Milton historian, Venios knew that the 125th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1880 would occur in May 2005, and he told Moyer and Rugh that something “big” should be done to commemorate this anniversary, which also happened to be the 125th anniversary of the first graduation ceremonies for the Milton High School. As President of the Alumni Association, Venios had already been thinking about ways to appropriately celebrate the High School’s 125th milestone, and he proposed that the Fire Company and the Alumni Association should mark these two events together.
Moyer, as President of TIME, agreed that TIME should play a major role in the project. More about the Milton Historic Downtown Walking Tour.