Public invited to tour historic Milford home on Saturday

The public is invited to visit the Sanford-Bristol House, an historic house in Milford, on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visitors can learn about its storied past and multi-year restoration work.

The 2,400-square-foot house, with 3.5 baths on a third of an acre lot, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it is currently for sale or rent.

Built c. 1745, the house was slated for demolition. The Milford Preservation Trust brought suit under the Connecticut Environmental Protection Act and, with the help of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, was able to achieve a settlement whereby the house was sold to Lesley Mills in 2013.

Since then, Mills has supervised the restoration of the house, with attention to detail.

“She has seen to it that the house is a livable home for the 21st century, while carefully observing the regulations of the local historic district,” states an announcement about the open house.

“The Trust has been involved with this project for several years and because of Lesley’s high standards and personal commitment to doing the restoration work right we presented her with a Connecticut Preservation Award of Merit this past spring,” said Jane Montanaro of the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Trust, a non-profit whose mission in part is to promote the value of preserving historic places, is co-sponsoring the event as part of its “Open House Talks” held around the state in partnership with local realtors.

Talks on the history and recent restoration of the house will be given at 10 and 11:30 a.m.

The Sanford Bristol House is located at 111 North Street in Milford. Parking is available on the street. Attendees are asked to RSVP by contacting Lesley Mills: 203-376-7340.