Did you know that the town of Milton has long been referred to as “The Holly Capital of the World”? When fertilizer salesman, Charles G. Jones Sr. decided to take advantage of the wild holly that grew here in Delaware in 1906, he began selling it and subsequently became the top supplier by the time the 1930s rolled around. It was around that time that holly sales generated roughly $400,000 each year (that’s about $5 million today) and proved to be a huge support to the community.
Today, we still value the history of our state tree and honor it each year with the Holly Festival at the Milton Fire Hall. Since the festival is always held on the 2nd Saturday of December, the event will take place this upcoming weekend on December 13, 2014 from 9am-3pm.
Those who choose to make their way out to the festival will be able to browse through a number of handmade crafts and treats from local merchants inside both the Fire Hall and Goshen Hall. If you’d like to learn more about the art of holly wreath-making, be sure to head over to the Historical Society Museum for a quick demonstration. Don’t forget, however – if you’re planning to bring the kids with you, you’ll want to make sure you stick around long enough for them to visit with Santa Claus!
Around 2:30pm is when one of the festivals most popular events will take place: the Holiday House Tour. Take a stroll through downtown Milton and explore some of the great historical homes that are always decorated to the nines for the holiday season!