DescriptionMillburn came into existence via a 1664 land grant by Charles II and was settled in the 1720s. Stewart Hartshorn, inventor of the window shade, acquired more than 1,500 acres in town in 1877 and designed a village called Short Hills. Although it likely cut into sales of his invention, Hartshorn's meandering street plan called for the preservation of as many trees as possible. The Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary , 324 Forest Dr. S. in Short Hills, was founded in 1923 by Hartshorn's daughter. The 16.5-acre site offers good bird-watching and has a natural amphitheater; phone (973) 376-3587.
The success of many lumber, paper, cloth and hat mills was assured with the arrival of the Morris and Essex Railroad, later called the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad. The tracks linked Millburn with Newark, New York City and the coal industry to the northwest.
A former mill on Brookside Drive is now the home of the Paper Mill Playhouse, New Jersey's designated state theater. The season runs from October through June. Phone (973) 376-4343.
Visitor InfoMillburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce 343 Millburn Ave. Suite 303 MILLBURN, NJ 07041. Phone:(973)379-1198