New Milford Borough; A Main Street Town
New Milford Borough’s Main Street is also Route 11, a part of the old Lackawanna Trail. The town offers easy access to Interstate 81 (Exit 223) and is a jumping off point for traveling across the county on SR 706 to reach Route 6 in Bradford County (see MAP). The town also lies on the Canadian Pacific Railroad and has an active rail siding. The 19th century atmosphere belies the town’s 21st century outlook. With a population of just under 1,000, New Milford Borough is a small town with big ideas. The town has between seventy and eighty businesses that serve residents, outlying areas of the county, and travelers on Interstate 81. “We’ve been working hard on our infrastructure,” says Councilman Rick Ainey. The borough maintains municipal-owned water and sewer systems and the borough council has worked diligently to resolve land issues. The borough has instituted a zoning program that encourages economic development while maintaining the town’s character.
The Pratt Memorial Library was built in 1903 by Charles Pratt as a memorial to his parents. The library was maintained by the Pratt family until 1922. At that time, the family deeded the library property to the newly chartered Pratt Memorial Library Association.
New Milford’s Main Street is dotted with homes that are among the earliest in Susquehanna County. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church was constructed in 1827. Old Mill Village, an interactive farming museum is one mile outside of town.
MidTown Park is a New England-style green, and includes two monuments, a pagoda, a children’s playground and tennis courts.
New Milford Borough also boasts Susquehanna County’s only municipal swimming pool, located at Blue Ridge Park. This park is also equipped with a basketball court, softball and Little League fields. Both parks are overseen by the council’s Parks Association.
The borough council encourages civic involvement through a Junior Council Member program where a 16-18 year old borough resident can join the council as a non-voting member for the school year. Also, to highlight the positive aspects of the community and to recognize those help to make New Milford Borough a nice place to live, the council has instituted a “Good Neighbor Recognition” program, to acknowledge those who help the community and its people.