Millburn-Short Hills is home to numerous points of interest sure to enchant everyone from nature enthusiasts to die-hard shoppers to dedicated patrons of the arts.
Throughout the township, it is easy to appreciate the beauty of the natural surroundings. One of the most prominent places to enjoy the outdoors is through the South Mountain Reservation (the largest parkland in Essex County), which extends through Millburn Township, as well as the surrounding municipalities of West Orange, Maplewood and South Orange. The more than 2,000 acres of reservation include hiking trails, waterfalls, creeks and ponds, as well as magnificent vistas from 550 feet above Millburn.
Short Hills is also home to the 16.5-acre Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that serves as a cultural and educational center for the residents of greater Millburn Township. The arboretum was established more than 50 years ago to promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment. There are more than three miles of trails open to the public, and The Stone House has numerous animal exhibits for viewing—all part of the tract of woodlands donated to the township by Miss Cora Hartshorn in 1958.
Greenwood Gardens is a nonprofit public garden located adjacent to Old Short Hills Park. The once private retreat (which features Italianate gardens, mossy pebbled walks, rough stone grottos and exceptional vistas) was the country estate of 20th-century real estate auctioneer Joseph P. Day. Later, the property became part of the estate of Peter P. Blanchard Jr., who preserved the original gardens. Today, the 22-acre campus includes the formal gardens, teahouses, fields, ponds and woodlands. Greenwood is one of only 12 preservation projects of the Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of America’s exceptional gardens.
Throughout town, visitors can enjoy a walk back in time through the historic sites along the Veterans Memorial Path, a 4.5-mile trail with 17 points of interest, including Revolutionary battlegrounds, Civil War gravesites and WWI, WWII, Korean and Vietnam War memorials. The path begins at the Millburn Free Public Library with a Veterans Memorial that graces the lobby. The present library facility (opened in 1976) houses a collection in excess of 90,000 books, as well as substantial holdings of other circulating materials.
The Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society oversees a museum that is housed in the westbound Short Hills train station building. The museum features exhibits, research materials and formal lectures. The Historical Society seeks to accumulate and preserve memorabilia, photographs, maps and postcards to encourage interest in local history by the dissemination of information about the town.
A great sense of history and community spirit is evident in every aspect of the township, particularly with numerous annual town-wide events and activities. Hundreds of people celebrate Independence Day with festivities, fireworks and a fishing derby, organized by an independent, volunteer Fourth of July Committee. Throughout the year, there are also celebrations, such as the Halloween Parade, Snowflake Parade, Easter Egg Hunt, Car Show, Street Fairs and the annual 5K Road Race for residents and visitors of all ages to enjoy.
Millburn Township is also home to New Eyes for the Needy, a philanthropic organization founded in 1932 to improve the vision of poor children and adults around the globe. Since its founding more than 75 years ago, New Eyes has assisted 7 million people worldwide.