The Milford Museum will dedicate a statue of Gen. Alfred Torbert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29.


The Milford Museum will unveil and dedicate a life-size bronze statue of Maj. Gen. Alfred T.A. Torbert at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 29. Museum Chairman Dave Kenton and committee chairman, Marvin Schelhouse have led a year-long fund-raising campaign that generated $75,000 from 50 local citizens to help complete this civic project. The bronze statue and granite base will be the first public memorial to a military hero in Milford.

Maj. General Torbert resided in Milford from 1866 until his death in 1880 and was Milford’s highest ranking military figure. He served in the U.S. Consul General service from 1869 to 1878. The museum chose General Torbert’s statue to serve as a focal point for museum activities and as an inspiration to future generations to seek public service in defense of their country.

Schelhouse will serve as master of ceremonies for the dedication ceremony. It will also include local Boy Scouts, Civil War re-enactors, members of the Torbert Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans, Milford School District musical talent, Mayor Dan Marabello and local political figures.   The public is invited to attend.  

A reception will follow the dedication inside the museum. Shelhouse will discuss the life of Maj. Gen. Torbert, and guide an interpretive explanation of the Torbert exhibit in the museum gallery.  Light refreshments and hors d’ouerves will be served to all guests. For more information, call the museum at 424-1080.