The Milton community will have a small celebration Saturday to mark its bicentennial anniversary.

Organizer Teresa Davenport said she had hoped to have a large celebration, but that changed because of COVID-19. Friday is the actual anniversary date.

“This is a very historic event for our small community,” she said. “We just didn’t get anything together as a large group, but we didn’t want this to go by unnoticed. I want people to know our little community is still at it after 200 years.”

Davenport is setting up a display outside Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 11916 Milton St. from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

There will be refreshments and historic photos on display, Davenport said. The first 50 visitors may take a printout showing a timeline of Milton’s history.

The community was founded in 1820 by Gideon Thompson, she said. It has four churches, a post office and The Gathering at Milton, an event venue located in an old country store.

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