QR codes are on Milford historic sites

MILFORD – On the front door of The Cabinet Press building, and at 12 other sites in Milford, there is now a sign with a QR code symbol. QR means Quick Response, and it allows anyone with a smartphone to get historical information about the place, including old photos.

Created by the Milford Improvement Team with the help of the Historical Society and the Conservation Commission, the QR code program allows for an easy historical walking tour of Milford.

Wave your phone at the sign at 54 School Street, for example, and you’ll learn that the brick building was built in 1853 as a high school after the school on the west side of the Oval became too crowed and it was considered “a wonder of the town,” and students from the other district schools could come here for 25 cents per week for the study of English, and 33 cents per week for the study of languages.

Other QR places are the Benjamin French Tannery, the band stand and World War I memorial, the Community House, the town’s first fire house, the 1838 school house, the Paul Revere Bell, Town Hall, Eagle Hall, the stone bridge, the William Crosby House, Wadleigh Memorial Library and the south side of the common.

The Mayflower Town Forest is meant to be number 13 on the list, but it hasn’t been installed yet.

A tour of the Paul Revere Bell tour, in Town Hall, has to be arranged with Russ Works, the building’s facilities manager, said Wendy Hunt, executive director of the Milford Improvement Team. The information lets you know that the bell was one of dozens cast in Revere’s shop, and it is the only one in New Hampshire that remains intact and that was never cracked.

Milford’s might be the first OR code-enhanced walking tour in New Hampshire.

“If we’re not the first, we’re among the first,” said Hunt. She said businesses have been very cooperative in allowing the signs posted in their windows.

MIT would like to extend the tour to include historical people of Milford, conservation trails, and maybe a cemetery tour. Hunt also wants to invite grade school classes that are studying New Hampshire history.

What about people who don’t have a smartphone? The same information is available on the Milford Historical Society’s website at www.qrtours

Kathy Cleveland can be reached at 673-3100 or