New Milford museum honors women in town's history

Jeanne Garvey Stax as she addresses a crowd on hand in 2007 for the dedication of the Lover's Leap State Park.

Jeanne Garvey Stax as she addresses a crowd on hand in 2007 for the dedication of the Lover’s Leap State Park.

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NEW MILFORD — The New Milford Historical Society & Museum, 6 Aspetuck Ave., has been honoring prominent women in the town’s history during Women’s History Month.

Sarah Sanford Black (1841-1910), the founder and director of the Ingleside School for Girls along Aspetuck Avenue in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, was also active in town activities while guiding Ingleside students toward whatever path in life they might choose.

Jeanne Garvey Stax is a native New Milfordite who most recently created the Friends of Lover’s Leap State Park to advocate for the development of a state park in that region of town. Her dream came to fruition after years of work when the park was dedicated on June 16, 2007.

That achievement culminated a long career in public service for Stax, including tenures on the town’s Planning Commission, as representative to the state General Assembly, on the New Milford Historical Society Board of Trustees and on the Hunt Hill Farm Board of Directors.

The museum is still closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic but the staff and volunteers are busy working to prepare for a reopening, hopefully within months, an announcement said.

For more information, call 860-354-3069 or visit nmhistorical.org.