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Millburn – Short Hills

Millburn Township is a beautiful residential community located in the southwest corner of Essex County. The Township is easy to reach via the midtown direct line of New Jersey Transit, the Garden State Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, and is also convenient to Routes 24 and 78.

Schools Within Millburn Township

Millburn Township has an excellent school system. New Jersey Magazine has ranked the Millburn High School among the top 5 school districts out of 337 in the state.  Niche.com consistently shows top rankings for all schools within the district.  In addition, Township schools also receive a national ranking as having one of the most academically challenging high schools in the country, offering many advance placement courses to students who excel in those classes.

Activities & Recreation

The Township offers a wide variety of recreation programs, including a community pool, tennis courts and a par 3 golf course, making the community appealing for families. In addition, Millburn Township has many fine restaurants, a movie theater, the Hilton Short Hills, rated by AAA as a 5 Diamond Hotel, and a wide variety of cultural events, including the renowned Paper Mill Playhouse and the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary.  There are 3,000 plus acres of reservation surrounding Short Hills and Millburn with hiking trails, waterfalls, fishing in the pond and a dog park. The Turtle Back Zoo with an adventure course, South Mountain Arena for sports activities such as ice skating and ice hockey, miniature golf and swan paddle boats are accessible through the reservation.  Parks within the township are Taylor Park, Old Short Hills Park, Gero Park and Green Gardens.  Papermill Playhouse.

Shopping in Millburn Township

Millburn Township is unique in that it offers upscale, high-end, 5th avenue shopping along with quaint small town shopping of a traditional downtown. The Mall at Short Hills, located on the western side of the Township, is a beautiful regional shopping center in which many fine shops and stores are located. The downtown and local shopping areas offer a variety of unique specialty shops, service-based businesses, and professional offices.

Population

The present population of the Millburn-Short Hills area is approximately 20,130. Millburn Township is a full-service community where most residents live in single family homes. Millburn is comprised of the historic Wyoming district, and South Mountain and Millburn Center areas. Short Hills contains the sections of Knollwood, Glenwood, Brookhaven, Country Club, Merrywood, Deerfield-Crossroads, Mountaintop, White Oak Ridge, and Old Short Hills Estates.

Transportation

Roads and Highways

As of May 2010, the township had a total of 100.77 miles (162.17 km) of roadways, of which 81.45 miles (131.08 km) were maintained by the municipality, 15.65 miles (25.19 km) by Essex County and 3.67 miles (5.91 km) by the New Jersey Department of Transportation.

A variety of roads serve Millburn. Major county routes include CR 510, CR 527 and CR 577. Route 24 and Route 124 also pass through along the southwestern border with Summit. Interstate 78 passes through the very southern tip of the township in the area of exit 49.

Public transportation

Milburn train station

Millburn Township is served by two New Jersey Transit railroad stations along the Morristown Line, providing service to Newark Broad Street Station, Secaucus Junction, and New York Penn Station, as well as to Hoboken Terminal. The Millburn station is located at the intersection of Essex Street and Lackawanna Place near the Millburn Free Public Library,  and the Short Hills station is located near The Crescent Street between Hobart Avenue and Chatham Road. The latter station is also the site of the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society's museum.

New Jersey Transit operates bus service in the township, including the 70 route that stops at the Millburn railroad station on a route between Newark and Livingston, with local service on the 873 route.

Newark Liberty International Airport is a 15-minute ride away.

Transit Links

www.njtransit.com

www.nywaterway.com

www.pathtrain.net

www.mta.com

www.amtrak.com

History 

Millburn began as a colonial settlement with agricultural origins, followed by a 19th century mill / factory economy and eventually became a Victorian residential community. There are many examples of this rich history still present in the township, from the Hessian House, the Cora Hartshorn Arboretum, the Paper Mill Playhouse, and the many beautiful homes from all phases of our history, to our 2 historic districts, Short Hills Park and Wyoming.

Origins

Millburn Township was once part of Elizabethtown and Newark settlements in New Jersey, created by a grant from Charles II to his brother James in 1664. In 1793, Springfield Township was created and it included Millburn. In 1857, Springfield became part of the new Union County and Millburn became a separate township within Essex County.

The topography of Millburn has determined its development. The last glacier that covered North America ended here, forming a "terminal morraine." As the glacier melted and retreated, it deposited a layer of sand, silt, clay, and boulders over the hard basalt substructure, creating irregular surfaces. The first inhabitants, the Lenape Indians, beat trails around these small or 'short' hills; streams cascading through them fueled colonial mills and 19th century factories; the railroad was built at the base of their slopes; and developers of suburban homes found knolls and uneven terrain attractive building sites

Millburn in the Revolutionary War

With George Washington's army camped at Morristown and the British attacking through the Hobart Gap, Millburn was brought into the Revolutionary War. Washington allegedly viewed his troops from atop a strategic point in the South Mountain Reservation, now known as Washington Rock. The Battle of Springfield on June 23, 1780, marked the last thrust of the British into New Jersey and the 1st battle since Bunker Hill won by local militia supporting Continental troops. A reminder of the war still exists in the Parsil family cemetery on White Oak Ridge Road, where Nicholas Parsil was buried after being killed in a skirmish with the British.

After the Revolution, the town underwent another change. The Rahway River was dammed in 5 places to form mill ponds. Samuel Campbell built the first paper mill in 1790 and manufactured banknotes. Most of the early mills were paper mills, among them the Diamond Mill, now the site of the Paper Mill Playhouse, but hat mills eventually became dominant. In 1835 the Morris and Essex Railroad was finally completed, linking Millburn to the big cities in the east and the coal regions in the northwest.

Names of Millburn

Millburn has had many names, from Rum Brook, Vauxhall, Milltown, and Millville. In 1857, 'Millburn' was decided upon, partly because many of the town's residents were from Scotland and the mill burn (Scotch word for 'river' or 'stream') reminded them of home. Later there were disputes over the spelling of Millburn, but the double-L advocates won.

Development in Millburn

Once again, because of location, Millburn underwent another change: the creation of 2 residential suburbs within its borders. In 1872, the Wyoming Land and Improvement Company purchased 100 acres of land and the 1st speculative real estate development was started and named Wyoming. Stewart Hartshorn acquired 1552 acres to build his ideal village called Short Hills, the 1st planned commuter suburb in America.

Millburn Township Schools

Address: 434 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041

Telephone: (973) 376-3600

Website: www.millburn.org

 

Elementary: South Mountain, Wyoming, Glenwood, Deerfield, Hartshorn

Middle School: Millburn Middle School

High School: Millburn High School

 

NICHE RATINGS: #2 IN 2016 BEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN NEW JERSEY

 

A+ Overall Niche Grade                  Academics A+

     Teachers A+                                          Outcomes A+

     Clubs & Activities A+               Health & Safety A-

 

Millburn Township Schools Rankings

Niche ranks over 8,000 public school districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

 

             2016 Districts with the Best Academics in New Jersey#1 of 244

             2016 Districts with the Best Teachers in New Jersey#1 of 243

             2016 Best School Districts in New Jersey#2 of 251

      

     K-8 Schools in Millburn Township Schools

      

             A+Deerfield Elementary School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJK-58 reviews

             A+Glenwood Elementary School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJK-5

             A+Hartshorn Elementary School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJK-5

             A+Millburn Middle School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJ6-85 reviews

             A+South Mountain School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJK-52 reviews

             A+Wyoming Elementary School

                             Millburn Township Schools, NJK-5

 

School Transportation Available

Subscription busing is available if you live less than 2 miles for K – 8 and 2.5 miles for high school. For free busing, the School District follows the state regulation that you have to be further than 2 miles for K - 8 and further than 2.5 miles for high school. 

Township of Millburn Directory

Town Hall Address: 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, NJ 07041

Main Line…………………………………………....973-564-7000

All Emergencies (Police, Fire, Ambulance)..........9-1-1
Police (Non-emergency)..................................... 973-564-7001
Fire (Non-emergency)..........................................973-564-7043

Board of Education.............................................973-376-3600

Construction Office..............................................973-564-7055 Court....................................................................973-564-7066

Finance Department ...........................................973-564-7079

Health Department............................................. 973-564-7089

Library................................................................. 973-376-1006

Public Works Department....................................973-564-7060

School District……...............................................973-376-3600

Township Forester…………………………………973-564-7058

Recreation Department....................................... 973-564-7064

Recycling information ........................................ 973-564-7060
Tax Assessor.......................................................973-564-7081
Tax Collector...................................................... 973-564-7084

Township Clerk.................................................. .973-564-7073

Zoning Office ......................................................973-564-7752

 

Jersey Central Power & Light ……………………888-544-4877

PSE&G.……………………………………………..800-436-7734

New Jersey American Water……………………...800-272-1325


 

Area Private Schools

Far Brook, Short Hills

Pingry, Short Hills & Martinsville

The Winston School, Short Hills

Newark Academy, Livingston

Joseph Kushner, Livingston

Morristown Beard, Morristown

Peck School, Morristown

Golda Ochs Academy, West Orange

Seton Hall Prep, West Orange

St. Rose of Lima, Short Hills

St. Vincent Martyr School, Madison

 

Continuing and Higher Education

Drew University, Madison

Fairleigh Dickinson University, A portion of Florham campus is in Madison

The College of Saint Elizabeth, Florham Park.

Kean University, Union

County College of Morris, Randolph

Seton Hall University, South Orange

Union County College, Cranford

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