Wednesday, August 1, 2012

The History of Millburn-Short Hills, NJ

Local residents know that Millburn-Short Hills, NJ is a fantastic place to live, but not everyone knows about its history. If you've ever wondered what your town was like years and years ago, this post is a good place to start. If you are interested in more in-depth information about Millburn-Short Hills, NJ beyond what is here, check out the "Links" page on the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society website. That will show you where to find specific information, such as the history of a particular house or building, or a local family lineage.

Short Hills, which is located in Millburn Township, was formed in the late 1800s. Prior to that, Native Americans such as the Lenape lived on that land. Short Hills started off as a planned community from the beginning. Business man Stewart Hartshorn decided to create the town as an ideal home for workers to live in.

Stewart Hartshorn thought Short Hills was in a perfect location for commuters. He built a railroad station along the Morris and Essex Railroad line so commuters could travel to and from Hoboken and New York City relatively quickly. Although Short Hills is still largely a "bedroom community" in the sense that residents sleep but do not work there, more businesses have cropped up over the years.

Although Short Hills is an independent community with its own train station, post office, and downtown, it does not have its own governmening body. Millburn Township is the local government that also presides over Short Hills, NJ. If you'd like any further information about the history of Millburn-Short Hills, NJ, check these resources at the Millburn Free Public Library site.

As always, do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the area or about local real estate!

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