Eighteenth century Milton was an important industrial site, home to
an iron slitting mill, paper and sawmills and New England's first
chocolate factory, established in 1764. In 1800, Benjamin Crahore
began making pianos in what is thought to be the first piano factory
in the country, and in 1809 the first public health drive in the country
was held in Milton to inoculate residents against smallpox.
In the town of Milton, the Twelfth Suffolk
District includes Precincts 3, 6 and 7 consisting of East
Milton and Milton Hill. Milton is a suburban, residential
community located between the Neponset River and the Blue
Hills, first settled as an agricultural community in 1634.