New Milford. 1 Town (1990 pop. 23,629), Litchfield co., W Conn., on the Housatonic River; inc. 1712. Situated in a dairy region, its manufactures include paper products and electronic equipment. The town hall is on the homesite of Roger Sherman, a drafter and signer of the Declaration of Independence. The Canterbury School is in New Milford. 2 Borough (1990 pop. 15,990), Bergen co., NE N.J., on the Hackensack River, a suburb of New York City; inc. 1922. It is primarily residential. New Milford was settled in 1695 by French Huguenots. One of the original homes still stands, and there is a Huguenot cemetery in the city. In 1776, George Washington's forces crossed the Hackensack River there during their retreat from Fort Lee to Trenton, N.J. Washington used the New Bridge Inn (still standing).
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