The Milford Information Booth

The Milford Information Booth

Long before the days of Google Maps, TripAdvisor or Yelp, the town of Milford had a rather low-tech means to give locals information on restaurants, attractions, and goings-on around town. For nearly three decades in the mid-20th Century, a small white log cabin known as the Milford Information Booth was erected at various spots around the Oval between July and Labor Day each year. The booth had a sign above that read “Welcome to Milford, NH - In the Heart of New England - Settled 1738 - Incorporated 1794 - Population 5202 - Elevation 271.”

For many years it was staffed by Edward Ruonata, a knowledgeable local who served as a kind of town-wide concierge, giving visitors a roundup of local eating haunts, the most direct or scenic route to nearby destinations (depending on one's preference) and even the best place to get fresh worms (one hopes for use as bait). More than 2,000 information seekers stopped by each summer. In 1971, the amiable booth was replaced by the Chamber of Commerce's information services, which no doubt was knowledgeable about local business but somehow just didn't have the same charm.

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