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Downtown Millburn offers many clothing boutiques, jewelry stores, restaurants, coffee shops and ice cream parlors, a movie theater and of course the Paper Mill Playhouse. The quaint village in Short Hills features the post office, Station Stop which sells newspapers, magazines, drinks, snacks and candy, school supplies and cards, a deli, a cleaners and the Short Hills Pharmacy.
Millburn is Scottish means ‘mill on a stream". Native Indians and early settlers called the area surrounding the tiny New Jersey colonial settlement "the Short hills." Thus the township received its name.
Long before the first Dutch immigrants arrived in the 1600s, the Lenape Indians lived and hunted here. By 1700 the English had arrived and contributed the names of Parkkhurst, Parsil, Denman, Briant, Reeve, Wade, Baldwin, Ross, Meeker and Morehouse to the landscape. By 1764 the community numbered more than 60 landowners.
Until 1857 the settlement had no individual identity but was part of the City of Springfield. During the Revolutionary War the British and Colonial forces marched back and forth across the local settlement, climaxing the confrontations with the famous Battle of Springfield, which halted the British army’s advance into Northern New Jersey.
After the war ended Samuel Campbell arrived here from Scotland and built the first paper mill. More industrialists followed and soon mills were manufacturing felt hats as well as paper.
When the township was created through an act of the New Jersey legislature in 1857 the name Millburn was chosen by its residents in honor of Mr. Campbell’s contribution to the community.
By then the railroad already was a vital part of the community life. The Morris and Essex, a predecessor of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western and N.J. Transit, came through in 1837. Not only did train service brighten the future of the community as a commercial center, but it also added to its desirability as a residential suburb for prosperous Newarkers and New Yorkers.
Shortly after 1870 Stewart Hartshorn, inventor of the roller window shade, decided to make his home here and to enter the real estate business and establish an ideal community. He purchased and developed much of the "short hills" area and adopted the Indians’ name for his community.
About the same time the Wyoming Land Development Co. purchased large tracts of land in Northeastern Millburn and laid out a grid of streets. The development company ,however, built only 25 houses before it went bankrupt.
By the time the town celebrated its semi-centennial in 1907 it boasted fire and police departments, running water, electricity, telephones and a sewer system.
As population of the township grew, more large private land areas and farms were purchased by developers. The Whittingham family estate was transformed into South Mountain Estates and the Campbell acreage became Glenwood.
After World War II the township’s population experienced a second surge, not only in residents, but in businesses, Supermarkets, insurance companies, some small industries and the Mall at Short Hills became integral parts of the community.
Single family home prices typically start in the $600,000s.
The general feeling about the current real estate market is that the market has cooled, some believe has turned.However, if you look at the sales statistics* the market is still strong and still growing.Prices in Millburn-Short Hills in 2006 were up from the previous year and the number of sold listings and the average days on market are all within normal expectations.
The real state market in communities along the Morris and Essex train line exploded beginning around 2001.In 2001, the average priced home in Millburn-Short Hills was $738,052 and by 2004 it was $1,065,220, a growth of 31%.In 2005 prices went up an additional 19%, the average home selling for $1,314,908.In 2006, home prices in Millburn-Short Hills rose just 2% but still up 21% from 2004.
In 2007 the average sale price fell 9% over the same time period of 2006 and total dollar volume is at its highest ever, 10% over last year.In 2007, 157 properties sold, the average sale price was $1,231,395 and total dollar volume was $191,229,152.
The real estate market has adjusted itself from the explosive growth experienced in the past few years and is settling into a more realistic pace.Prices are still rising, homes are still selling.The benefit of buying today as opposed to 2005 is that buyers are less likely to face the dreaded bidding war.
For comprehensive statistical reports please visit our Area Market Statistics including statistics per school districts.
*Based on data from the Garden State Multiple Listing Service, comparing the first half of each year (January-June, the most active part of the year for real estate transactions).
Far Brook School is a private, nonsectarian coeducational day school located in the Short Hills section of Millburn, serving students in nursery through eighth grade. The school has a total enrollment of 197 students.
Millburn Public School Report from the State of New Jersey
Millburn Township Public Schools
Millburn High School
Millburn Middle School
Deerfield Elementary School
Glenwood Elementary School
Hartshorn Elementary School
South Mountain Elementary School
Wyoming Elementary School
Parking for either Millburn or Short Hills train stations is on a “first come, first served” basis. Parking is not guaranteed. Permits are for residents only. Cost is $300 per year for the first car, $400 per year for an additional car. Costs are slightly pro-rated if you apply for a permit mid-year. Checks are payable to “Township of Millburn.”
Submit application, payment, enclosed self-addressed stamped envelope and a copy of the vehicle registration* issued to your Millburn or Short Hills address to:
Or in drop box located outside of Millburn Town Hall.
Permits are issued by the Tax Collector located at Town Hall, 375 Millburn Avenue, Millburn, 07041. They can be reach by phone at 973-564-7084 and the office hours are 8:30-4:30.
*If the vehicle is leased, a copy of the registration AND copy of the insurance card issued to your Millburn or Short Hills home address.
Train and bus schedules available at NJTransit.com.
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
Mall at Short Hills
Stop & Shop
WINE AND SPECIALTY FOODS
Chatham Wine Shop
Hickory Wine Cellar
Village Wine Shop
Chez Barbara To Go
Summit Cheese Shop
The Wine List
Westfield Wine Liquors
POPULATION 18,630 (based on 1990 U.S. Census
Millburn Township Board of Education, 15 Coniston Road, Short Hills 973-376-7360
Elementary School- Grades K-5
1. Deerfield School- 26 Troy Lane, 379-4843
2. Glenwood School- 15 Old Short Hills Road, 379-7576
3. Hartshorn School- 110 White Oak Ridge Road, 379-7550
4. South Mountain School- 2 Southern Slope, 921-1394
5. Wyoming School- 53 Myrtle Ave. 761-1619
Middle School –Grades 6-8
15 Old Short Hills Road, 379-2600
Millburn High School -Grades 9-12
462 Millburn Ave. 564-7130
1. Far Brook School-52 Great Hills Road, 379-3442 Grades Nursery-8
2. St. Rose of Lima School-50 Short Hills Avenue, 379-3973 Grades Nursery-8
3. Pingry School-Country Day Drive, 379-4550 Grade K-6
Library: Located at 200 Glen Avenue 973-376-1006
SOCIAL & CIVIC ORGANIZATIONS:
Boy Scouts- Oakland (201) 677-1000
Little League 379-5423
Lacrosse Club for Boys- Jean Riley 973-379-5019
Girl Scouts- Michelle SanFillipo 376-6814
Beautification Laegue- Gail Kellog, President 376-1652
Short Hills Garden Club- Jill Bendict, President 379-9070
Short Hills Home Garden Club- Liz Moldenhauer, President 379-1948
Millburn Municipal Alliance-Committee for Drug Alliance (M-MAC)
Barbara Gruska, President 467-0149
AFS International- Gertrude Carrington, 379-4283
Scholastic Boosters- Tom Hildner 973-467-9824
Student Loan Fund- Marshall Sherman 973-379-7440
Special Education Committee- Renay Zamloot 973-762-1976
Music Boosters- Ann Brown 973-376-2277
Kiwanis Club- Larry L. Leifer 973-763-8555
Lions Club- James S. Quinn 973-376-9430
Rotary Club- Phyllis Fox Catz 973-736-8501
SOCIAL & FRATERNAL CLUBS
B’nai Brith Lodge- 973-467-2417
Casa Colombo- 973-379-9819
Continental Lodge- 732-548-9699
Knights of Columbus- 973-376-2103
Friday Friends- 973-564-7064
Old Guard- 973-762-8675
Newcomers/Encore Club- 973-376-0566
PATRIOTIC & POLITICAL GROUPS
American Legion Auxiliary - Barbara Murphy 973-292-1126
American Legion Post 140- Roger Standfast, Commander 973-379-9866
American Red Cross- Barbara Allora, Director 973-379-4198
Daughters of American Revolution- 973-539-7502
Democratic Committee- Richard Livingston, Chairman 973-467-0443
Disabled American Veterans- 973-376-1988
Fourth of July Committee- Bob Haertel 973-376-7518
Historical Society- David C. Siegfried 973-467-3064
League of Women Voters- Noreen Brunini 973-912-0424
Republican Committee- Alan Kral 973-379-9510
SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS
Paper Mill Playhouse Guild-Sharon Sandbach 973-379-4412
PEO Chapter D- Betty MCColgan 908-277-6853
PEO Chapter S- Carol Charles 973-593-4915
Overlook Hospital Ladies Auxiliary Twigs- Barbara Parker 973-322-4576
Saint Barnabas Auxiliary- Barbara Parker 973-322-4576
Women’s Club- Irene Werbel 973-376-6181
United Way- Carolyn Ferolito 973-467-1170
Unity Group- Laura D’Orsi 973-403-2429
HOUSES OF WORSHIP AND RELATED GROUPS
Christ Church (Episcopal). 66 Highland Avenue, Short Hills, 973-379-2898
Women’s Guild of Christ Church, 29 Dorset Lane, Short Hills, 973-379-5793
Community Congregational Church, 200 Hartshorn Drive, Short Hills 973-379-5600
Congregation B’nai Israel( Conservative), 160 Millburn Avenue, Millburn 973-379-3811
Women’s Assoc. of Congregation B’nai Jeshurun, Short Hills 973-921-9202
Covenant Presbyterian Church, 291 Parsonage Hill Road 973-467-8454
First Baptist Church, 134 Spring Street, Millburn 973-376-4327
Mount Zion AME Church, 56 Church Street, Millburn 973-467-6762
St. Rose of Lima (Roman Catholic) 50 Short Hills Avenue 973-379-3912
St. Stephen’s Church (Episcopal) 119 Main Street, Millburn 973-376-0688
Wyoming Presbyterian Church, 432 Wyoming Avenue, Millburn 973-376-3066
POST OFFICE: 973-376-0123
Millburn-Short Hills Public School Information
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