Summit

Summit, New Jersey is home to an international community of over 21,000 residents speaking 39 languages. It has a vibrant and bustling city center with unique shops, cinema, fine cuisine and beautiful galleries. The town is conveniently situated for visitors, located only 25 miles west of New York City and mere minutes from New Jersey Transit's Midtown Direct service. Additionally, the renowned Grand Summit Hotel, situated just a few blocks from downtown, is a great place to stay for both short and long-term visits.

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

The region in which Summit is located was purchased from the Native American residents on October 28, 1664 for "twenty fathoms of trading cloth, two made coats, two guns, two kettles, ten bars of lead and twenty handfuls of powder." Its earliest settlers arrived in 1710 with most of the founding fathers bringing Puritan heritage from the British Isles, and from neighboring New England. The area was abundant with timber, rabbits for food and pelts, turkeys, and fertile area for farming, making it an ideal place for its new residents.

Originally, Summit was a small farming community of 300 people until 1837 when, with the coming of the railroad, the community refocused their energies from farming and milling to more commercial activities. After the Civil War, Summit became a summer resort area because of its clean mountain air and convenient proximity to New York City. Summit began to attract wealthy people who built beautiful and extensive summer estates.

Summit's original name was "Turkey Hill" to mark it apart from "Turkey", as New Providence was known until 1750.During the Revolutionary period, and for some time afterwards, Summit was called the "Heights over Springfield" and was considered a part of New Providence. In 1837, the railroad came over the "The Summit" hill and so renamed the town again. Finally,in 1869, Summit separated itself from New Providence and became the "Township of Summit," becoming officially incorporated thirty years later in 1899.

Nowadays, Summit is a family-oriented residential community with light industry. Many Summit settlers and current residents have significantly contributed to the world's business, industrial and government affairs. More importantly, their dedication tocommunity service has made Summit a leader in civic mindedness. Additionally, the governing body of the town has often brought in experts to consult on community issues of economics, communications, education, government administration, physical and mental health, recreation, social planning, transportation and safety in order to make Summit a great town to live for all of its residents.

The Summit Historical Society and town archives are housed in Summit's oldest house, built in 1747.

Commuter Amenities

Commuters tend to love Summit due to its multitude of convenient rail and bus links to Newark, Manhattan, Routes 24 and 78, the Garden State Parkway and the Newark-Liberty International Airport. The Summit Train Station connects to the Mid-Town Direct train, transporting commuters from Summit to Penn Station in less than 30 minutes. The City of Summit also has numerous parking garages with ample parking for resident commuters and downtown employees.

Schools

The schools of Summit - public, private and parochial - have had a superb track record in providing the young people of the town with a strong social and academic foundation, as evidenced by the fact that 92% of Summit students go on to attend college. Summit High School was even recently ranked the 6th best high school in the State of New Jersey.

Summit's public education system includes five elementary schools, a middle school for grades 6 to 8 and Summit High School. In 2003, Summit High School was renovated with a 22.4 million dollar expansion project. The project involved the building of a new wing, a new library/media center, a new gymnasium, and the addition of academic courses, cultural arts, athletic and social club programs.

Entertainment

Catch the latest movie releases atClearview Cinemas (Summit Beacon Hill 5) located in downtown Summit.

If you prefer live theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse in nearby Millburn 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 Summit Boards of Recreation and Education, the Summit YMCA and many other non-profit organizations put on leisure and health-related programs, available to residents of all ages. The town also has numerous playing fields, including ones forbaseball, football, soccer, basketball, and tennis, a running track and a 9-par Golf Course and a Municipal Pool.

The New Jersey Center for the Visual Artsoffers cultural activities, ranging from art exhibits and jazz concerts to courses for budding artists.

The Summit Free Public Library offers a diverse array of cultural readings, movies, special events and free Internet access for all ages.

The Great Outdoors

TheReeves-Reed Arboretum, on the New Jersey Registers of Historic Places, is a great place for nature-lovers with well-cultivated gardens and woodlands located across 12.5 acres. Nature classes and seasonal events are available for both children and adults.

Shopping

Summit's Downtown Business Districtcontainsa wide variety of specialty and gift shops, clothing stores, home furnishings stores, restaurants, bakeries, fine wine outlets, and plenty of free parking! In addition to international dining and fine shops, Summit also has a wide variety of professional services, galleries, spas and salons. Art lovers will find the New Jersey Center for Visual Arts within easy walking distance of downtown.

Summit is also a short drive from the popular Short Hills Mall. 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.

Resources: Useful links and information

http://www.summit-nj-online.com/calendar.php - Summit Community Events Calendar

http://www.summitdowntown.org

http://www.ci.summit.nj.us/index.cfm - Official City of Summit Website

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

We are indebted to the City of Summit website as the source of some of this information. For more details, please see: http://www.ci.summit.nj.us/