Millburn and Short Hills

The beautiful suburban community of Millburn/Short Hills offers a superior quality of life, convenient location and long list of amenities that make it one of the Garden State's best places to live.

Below, I've included information about the area's History, Amenities for Commuters, Schools, Entertainment, Great Outdoors, & Shopping as well as some links to useful Resources. For an even more in depth look at the community, please feel free to request my free Short Hills, Millburn, Livingston and Summit Relocation Package which is packed full of useful and important information about these areas. Just fill out the request form and I'll send it over to you for no charge.


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History

In 2007 Millburn celebrated its 150 years anniversary as anofficial town with festivities and a parade for the whole community. The first recorded inhabitants of the area, the Lenape Indians, were here long before, however, beating trails through the short hills carved by the last glacier in North America. In 1664 the area became part of the Elizabethtown and Newark settlements created by King Charles II of England.Mills fueled by streams cascading through the glacial hills allowed the area to prosper. After the American Revolution ended in 1783, the Rahway River was dammed in five places to form mill ponds. This allowed Samuel Campbell to open the first paper mill in 1790 in which hemanufactured banknotes. Soon after, in 1835, the Morris and Essex Railroad was opened, creating a convenient link from Millburn to the big cities in the east and the coal regions in the northwest.

Over the years the town has had many names, among them Rum Brook, Vauxhall, Milltown, and Millville. In 1857 it was fixed as Millburn partly because many residents were from Scotland, where "burn" means a river or stream. One of the first areas to be developed for housing was the Wyoming District, 100 acres along the railway line, bought by the Wyoming Land and Improvement Company in 1872. The Victorian, Italianate, Tudor and Colonial homes in this historic part of town set the tone for what would later become the comfortable suburb of modern day Millburn.

Around the same time that Wyoming was being created, Stewart Hartshorn acquired 1552 acres to build his ideal village called Short Hills, the first planned commuter suburb in America. Hartshorn, who had made his fortune in spring roller blinds, wanted to create a harmonious community for people who appreciated nature and a place "where natural beauty would not be destroyed by real estate developments, and where people of congenial tastes could dwell together." He closely supervised the early development of the town and in 1879 built Short Hills Railroad Station at his own expense along the line running through Millburn. With great foresight he preserved corridors of land along the track from development and to this day the only structure that has stood adjacent to the line is the railroad station. Hartshorn also established the Short Hills Park directly across Hobart Avenue from the station. In 1944, his estate donated Short Hills Park to Millburn Township, with the provision that it remain open to the public.

The Millburn and Short Hills Historical Society has a small museum housed at Short Hills train station.

Commuter Amenities

Maplewood Township has begun offering Wyoming section residents of Millburn Township the opportunity to use its jitney service to the Maplewood train station. The new extension provides two additional stops. There are six scheduled jitney pick-ups in the morning at each of the two stops, the first at Glen Avenue and Cypress Street, the second at Wyoming Avenue and Maple Street. Jitney stop signs mark the locations. The cost of the ride is an affordable $1 each way. Check out the Jitney schedule available here.

I would also recommend checking out this link: http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainSchedulesTo for information on train schedules on NJ Transit to and from New York City, Newark Airport, and other destinations across NJ

Schools

Millburn School District is known as one of the top school districts in the country, and has many academic excellence awards to prove it!

Millburn High School won the highest honor conferred by the US Department of Education when it was named a National Blue Ribbon School in recognition of its outstanding achievements in 2007. It has consistently been named one of the best high schools in New Jersey, ranked #3 in the state by both New Jersey Monthly magazine and Newsweekand featured in the US News and World Report's top 100 schools in the United States.

The High School offers 140 courses to its students including an astounding 27 Advanced Placement courses, a challenging honors program, specialized electives and unique programs in Special Education, Independent Study, Unified Studies, Marketing Education, Life Skills and Youth Community Service. The school also placesa strong emphasis on community service with its students.

Millburn Middle School has been named a Benchmark School of Excellence for four years running. In addition to providing a superb academic foundation for its students, Millburn Middle School has a very active community service program and a great range of elective activities. Former student - and now Hollywood actress - Anne Hathaway (Becoming Anne, Devil Wears Prada, Brokeback Mountain, Princess Diaries) took her first steps on the path to stardom on Millburn Middle School's stage.

There are 5 elementary schools in the area: Deerfield, Glenwood, Hartshorn, South Mountain & Wyoming.

Entertainment

Catch the latest movie releases at Millburn Cinema 4 located in the heart of Millburn, conveniently close to restaurants and cafes.

If you prefer live theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse on Brookside Drive is one of the most highly-acclaimed non-profit regional theatres in the country, attracting red carpet stars including Liza Minnelli, Patrick Swayze, Chita Rivera and Kristin Chenoweth. The community has worked hard in recent years to turn the Paper Mill Playhouse into a thriving facility and today it is the pride of Millburn.

The Great Outdoors

Newcomers to Millburn and Short Hills often comment on the remarkable lush open spaces. The town is immersed in beautiful green forestry and natural landscape. When you hike through the reservation or relax in one of the beautiful parks, it is easy to forget that the chaotic streets of NYC are only 15 miles away!

Hike to the top of the South Mountain Reservation to see breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline to the east. The 2048 acres of pristinely preserved woods (not to mention the 25 foot waterfall) attract outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties: joggers, hikers, cyclists and nature lovers. The whole area is a haven for deer, chipmunks, squirrels and bird life.

On Sundays, the town closes off Brookside Drive, where it runs through the reservation, for recreation. On this day, you will likely see many of your neighbors out for a bike ride, jog, or leisurely stroll down the road. For dog lovers, there is also a great Dog Park complete with canine obstacle course and drinking fountains!

The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and bird sanctuary is another great space for nature lovers and families. This historic woodlands garden, bequeathed by the daughter of Short Hills founder Stewart Hartshorn, is a natural wonder, with a wealth of different trees and wildlife and one of the greatest concentrations of native wild flowers in New Jersey. It is also contains an environmental educational center, running a varied program of events and field trips for every age.

The Greenwood gardens, which lie within Old Short Hills Park, also put on some great events and workshops. This lovely 28-acre public garden is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is described as a time capsule of New Jersey's gracious past, with formal planting, sweeping vistas, pasture and tea house.

Taylor Park, located in the heart of downtown Millburn, is always a central hub of activity. The gazebo and rose garden are popular meeting spots. There is a well-equipped playground, a walking path popular with workers during lunch break, a pond, ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and theBauer Community Center. During the spring and summer families love to picnic here, especially on free concert evenings.

Gero Park in Short Hills is another well-trafficked area containing Millburn Township's recently refurbished swimming pool. The pool is open to all residents and is a popular, inexpensive destination for families throughout summer months. Another residents' facility is the par 27 9-hole Millburn Municipal Golf Course. There are also beautifully kept ball fields, tennis, basketball and roller hockey courts and a playground.

Shopping

Millburn and Short Hills boast some of the best shopping outside of Manhattan, whether you are looking for designer labels, household goods or farm fresh produce. Even New York City residentscome out to Short Hills to shop, impressed by the town's ability to rival 5th Avenue!

New Yorkers in the know go to Short Hills Mall in order to avoid the city crush. With valet parking, a relaxed atmosphere and 160 upscale stores selling luxury brands, Short Hills Mall is one of top shopping destination in the entire Northeast. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Dior, Dolce & Gabbana, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom are just a few of the high-end brands available here. Quick tip: Make reservations for the excellent restaurants in advance because you won't find a food court here.

If you are looking for a more local feel, Downtown Millburn retains its old-style ambience and charm with a good selection of small shops, many of them family-owned, selling everything from 25 cents hardware to fine furs and jewelry. The Farmers Market in the parking lot on Main and Essex Streets brings a fresh taste of the country into town every Tuesday morning between June and October.

For supermarkets and other day-to-day stores take a trip down the Morris and Essex Turnpike. Kings Supermarket has a cooking studio where you can hone your culinary skills. Just down the road, the Wine Library on Morris Avenue is stacked to the rafters with bottles from all over the world and residents love their wine & cheese tastings and knowledgeable staff. The town also has many of the stores you've come to rely on: Whole Foods, Staples, Costco, Target, Bed Bath & Beyond, and more.

Resources: Useful links and information

Millburn and Short Hills events calendar

Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce

http://www.downtownmillburn.org - Info about restaurants, shopping, etc.

http://www.njtransit.com/sf/sf_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainSchedulesTo - Train schedules on NJ Transit to and from New York City, Newark Airport, and other destinations across NJ