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Millburn Township is a beautiful residential community located in the southwest corner of Essex County New Jersey. The Township is easy to reach via the midtown direct line of NJ Transit, the Garden State Parkway, NJ Turnpike, and is also convenient to Routes 24 and 78. Millburn has an outstanding school district. New Jersey Magazine has ranked Millburn Township among the top 3 school districts in the state. Millburn offers a wide variety of recreational programs, including a Public Pool and a Par 3 Golf Course, making the town appealing for families. In addition, there are several fine dining restaurants, a movie theater, parks, and a wide variety of fun town events, including the renowned Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary. Millburn is distinctive in that it offers upscale, high-end, New York City like shopping along with old-fashioned little boutique stores. The Mall at Short Hills is a beautiful regional shopping center in which it has plenty of good shops and stores for both a young and old demographic. Millburn owes its name to Samuel Campbell, a Scottish immigrant who built the first paper mill factory along the Rahway River in 1790, on what is now Brookside Drive. Using the Scottish term burn, which means stream, he called his factory the Mill-on-the-Burn, and that name was adapted to Millburn when the township split from neighboring Springfield in 1857. Today the same factory stands as a play house called the Paper Mill Playhouse which performs classic American Musical's. But the municipality owes its character and its prestige to Stewart Hartshorn, inventor of the spring-loaded window shade. In 1877, when he was 37, Mr. Hartshorn bought up 1,550 acres in Millburn. Because of its undulating topography of low hills, none above 660 feet, the area was already known as ''the short hills.'' Today, Millburn has a total of 9.8 square miles of which 5.61% of it is water. 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. Interstate78 passes through the very southern tip of the township in the area of exit 49. 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 Avenue 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.

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