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The town of Milford is situated on the Souhegan River in Hillsborough County, New Hampshire. Until 1794, Milford was part of Amherst. Like most towns named Milford, the town got its name from the fact that it grew up around a mill that had been built on a ford, on the Souhegan River. At one time, there were several granite quarries in and around Milford, although only one remains in operation. A stop along the Underground Railroad, Milford was the home of Harriet E. Wilson, who wrote the first novel by an African-American published in the United States, entitled, Our Nig, or Sketches in the Life of a Free Black, published in 1859. Milford is bordered by Amherst, Brookline, Hollis, Lyndeborough, Mason, Mont Vernon, and Wilton.

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