Part of Essex County, New Jersey, Millburn township offers a great place to live. Some top reasons include the high quality school systems, a village and neighborhood feel and great commuter access to major business hubs. Millburn also includes the hamlet of Short Hills. Due to this convenient access to major cities and affluent flare, Millburn-Short Hills has grown considerably, with a population around 20,000 as per the 2000 US Census.
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.
Millburn is known for its proximity to South Mountain Reservation. Millburn is perhaps best known as home to New Jersey’s most celebrated theater, the Paper Mill Playhouse. The 1,200-seat professional Equity theater offers musicals, plays, international performers and children’s programs year-round. Take the family and be sure to leave time to tour the town.
Commuting is easy with many buses and trains available and offering easy access to New York City including mid-town and lower Manhattan. There are also buses and trains to businesses in Hoboken, Newark and Jersey City. Trains stops are available in Millburn and Short Hills, and the buses can pick up passengers at various points in town. The Millburn-Short Hills area provides a quick 15 to 20 minute commute to/from Newark Airport and is close proximity to major highways, such as the Garden State Parkway and New Jersey Turnpike. There are also commuter parking lots available for Short Hills and Millburn residents.
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In March of 1857, Millburn Township was formed by the New Jersey Legislature. Millburn’s name evolved from an acknowledgement of the local mill that was built on a stream. “Burn” is actually the Scottish name for “stream”.
Although there is an absence of records, it seemed that during the post Civil War period, Millburn had a population of slightly more than 1500. There were very few stores that provided commercially-prepared goods during this time. Livelihood came predominantly from little mills and small farms. Trains were available to New York and Newark and this was great excitement for the townspeople. Resources for water were only a short distance via ponds and streams. Fishing, boating, and swimming were there to partake in.
By 1870, Millburn began to emerge more as a small manufacturing town. Due it’s great accessibility to cities, resources and business, Millburn began to grow as a development.
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