New Milford's Village Center is a true gem and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Village Center is an area of approximately eight blocks of older commercial, residential and civic buildings that form the “downtown.” The Village Center sits alongside the picturesque town green, the longest in Connecticut.
During the heyday of tobacco production in New Milford, the Village Center’s appearance changed principally in the rebuilding of the block bounded by Railroad, Bank and Main Streets following the Great Fire of 1902. Except for the west side of Main Street the green remains almost exactly as it looked in 1902.
The greatest concentration of older commercial buildings is on Bank Street and the south end of Railroad Street. Both sides of Bank Street are nearly continuous masonry block fronts of turn-of-the-century commercial buildings in eclectic styles, giving this section of town a more urban feel than the green.
Today, the Village Center is a once again a bustling commercial district with a number of shops, restaurants, a locally-owned movie theater and a host of beautifully restored professional offices.
View of Bank Street. Photo courtesy of the Greater New Milford Spectrum.