Milk Street was one of Boston's earliest highways. The name "Milk Street" was given to the street in 1708 due to the milk market at the location. One of the first post offices in Boston was located on the street in 1711, when the first regular postal routes to Maine, Plymouth and New York were established.
Grace Croft's 1952 work, titled "History and Genealogy of Milk Family", also proposes that Milk Street may have been named for John Milk, an early shipwright in Boston. The land was originally conveyed to his father, also John Milk, in October 1666.
The closest subway stop to Milk Street is State Street.
- Old South Meeting House, at the corner of Washington St.
- Former tenants
- J.L. Cunningham, auctioneer, worked in Corinthian Hall, corner Federal St., 1826-1843
- Benjamin Dearborn, inventor, lived on Milk St.
- Abram French ran a crockery business on Milk St. in the 19th century
- David Claypoole Johnston, artist, kept a studio on Milk St. in the 19th century
- Julien's Restorator
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Overview photo by J.W. Black, showing Milk Street and vicinity, 1860
- City of Boston, Landmarks Commission. International Trust Company Building (45 Milk Street) Study Report, 1977