Morningside, Milford, Connecticut:
In 1639, about 100 acres of Milford shoreline was purchased by English settlers from Native Americans. The farmland belonged to the Merwin family for more than 200 years. Then, industrialist and entrepreneur, Henry G. Thompson bought the plot of land in 1865. He created a sprawling estate in the Folk Victorian style and a few of these buildings still stand today.
The cliffside neighborhood on Long Island Sound became known as Morningside for its marvelous sunsets. A trolley line linking Milford with New Haven and Bridgeport ran along the edge of Morningside from 1897 until about 30 years later, when it was replaced by buses. Capitalists from New York developed Morningside into a residential neighborhood in the 1920’s.
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