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MILLS RESERVATION

HOST COMMUNITY - CEDAR GROVE

Incorporated as a township with Verona in 1842.  Thomas Jacobus purchased the entire valley from the Indians in the early 1700's.  The families of VanRipers, Personnettes, Canfields, and Bowdens developed large farm tracts here in the ensuing years.

ACREAGE
157.19

LOCATION
Normal Ave. & Reservoir Dr., Cedar Grove
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HISTORIC PROFILE

Mills Reservation is a 157.15-acre reservation located in Cedar Grove and Montclair. It is bordered by Reservoir Drive, Normal Avenue, Edgecliff Road, and Montclair's Mountainside Park.

In 1954 the Park Commission received a gift of 118.9 acres from the Davella Mills Foundation.  Additional acreage was acquired through a land-swap for property in Branch Brook Park which went to Newark's Barringer High School.  Acreage purchased in 1962 and 1967 completed the reservation.

The stipulation for the original gift was that the land be preserved in its natural state. Therefore, the only development undertaken on this land was a small parking area and a system of walking trails that gives the public access to the interior—a minimal design by the Olmsteds in their last association with Essex County.  The outcrop at Quarry Point provides a scenic lookout.  The area has attracted bird watchers who observe migratory birds, such as warblers in the spring and hawks in the fall.  There are no buildings in Mills Reservation.


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CURRENT IMPROVEMENTS

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DISTINGUISHING FEATURES

  • Preserved open spaces.
  • Walking trails.
  • Scenic lookout at Quarry Poit.
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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

From New Jersey: Take Route 280 West to Exit 8B. Take Prospect Avenue/Route 23. Turn right onto Ridge Road. Turn right onto Reservoir Drive. Turn right onto Normal Avenue. Reservation is on the right.

From New York: Take Route 3 West to Valley Road/Montclair exit. Turn right onto Normal Avenue. Park is on your left.

Use the intersection of “Normal Avenue and Reservoir Drive” when obtaining driving directions from the Internet.

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Department of Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs
115 Clifton Ave, Newark, NJ 07104 ~ (T) 973-268-3500 ~ (F) 973-481-5302
 
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