Introduction to Milltown, New Jersey
Milltown was settled in 1812, when Jacob Bergen constructed a grist mill near Lawrence Brook. The mill provided support to farmers in the area, which was known as "Bergen's Mill" at that time. Industrial development was introduced by the Meyer Rubber Company which was established in 1843. Meyer's home and the factory were damaged by fire in 1845, which was around the same time that the community came to be known as "Milltown." In the late 1840s a number of Germans immigrated including, Phillip Kuhlthau who later emerged as a leader of the German immigrants. Gradually, railroads and schools were built, and Milltown was incorporated on January 29th, 1889. Electric service arrived several years later in 1904.
Milltown and Nearby Attractions
- Eureka Fire Museum
- Princeton Battlefield
- Cheesequake State Park
- Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary
- Staten Island Zoo
- Staten Island Botanical Garden
Things To Do In Milltown
Milltown is home to the Eureka Fire Museum. Various artifacts of historical importance are on display in the nearby East Brunswick Museum, the Stone Museum, the Middlesex County Museum, the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture, and the Hungarian Heritage Center. Buccleuch Mansion, an 18th century colonial estate, and Conference House, a 17th century stone manor, are among the historical sites within 10 miles of Milltown. Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and fishing can be enjoyed at the Washington Valley Park. Cora Hartshorn Arboretum & Bird Sanctuary, Staten Island Botanical Garden, Reeves-Reed Arboretum, and Staten Island Zoo are other popular destinations in the area.
Air transportation is available from the Newark Liberty International Airport.
Milltown Higher Education
Colleges near Milltown include Middlesex County College, Rutgers University, Devry Institute, and Princeton University.