12 S. High Street, PO Box 609
Millville, NJ 08332
Phone: (856) 825-7000
Fax: (856) 825-3686
The earliest settlers in the Millville area were woodcutters that lived along the Maurice River in the 1700's. In 1790, the Union Company, formed by Henry Drinker and Joseph Smith, purchased 24,000 acres of land. They established a mill and built a dam to power its wheels. Today, this is Union Lake . The lake is a pristine spot for fishing, sailing, canoeing, and enjoying nature.
In 1795, Colonel Joseph Buck acquired the Union Company mill and much of the land in the area. Colonel Buck envisioned the town with bustling mills to the West and comfortable homes to the east. He drew street plans, named the area Millville, and built his home on the Northeast Corner of High and Main Streets.
The Lee Glass plant, which was founded by James Lee in 1806 on the eastern bank of theMaurice River , spurred Millville 's growth. Lee later sold the factory to Whitall Tatum. It was taken over by Armstrong Cork Company in 1939, then by Kerr Glass, Foster Forbes, and American Can. The plant closed in 1999 after 142 years of operation. At that time it was the oldest working glass plant in the nation.
Dr. TC Wheaton opened a drug store on High Street in 1884. He left the drug store to take over operations and financing of an 8-pot furnace that became the Wheaton Glass Company. Today, Wheaton Glass, after changing ownership and name several times, is still a leading, international glass and plastics manufacturer.
There are many things to see and do in Millville , known as the "Holly City " from the many holly trees cultivated at the former Holly Farm in East Millville . There are many parks, lakes, streams, and wildlife areas to explore in Millville . The MillvilleArmy Airfield Museum gives a glimpse of World War II History. Enjoy the annual air show "Wings Over Millville" at the airport with vintage and high-tech aircraft in flight. Visit theGlasstown Arts District in downtown Millville . Along with the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts, there are many private art galleries and shops located in buildings with rich architectural histories. An excellent selection of restaurants, cafes and pubs are available for your dining pleasure. The New Jersey Motorsports Park , Thunderbolt Raceway, opened in the summer of 2008 with a variety of activities planned for the two tracts, from world-class racing facilities, to karting.
Any time of the year Millville is a quaint place to visit. Call the Millville Chamber of Commerce for more information, or visit the Millville Government web site.