Union County Township set in the hills of the Watchung Mountain Reservation, this economically and culturally diverse community has a population of about 22,000. Popular with families for its public school system which boasts having more than 90% of its graduates bound for college. Housing is made up of single-family ranches, colonials, Cape Cods, condominium complexes and town homes.
Summit has been known by a few different names over the years. During the Revolutionary War, Summit was known as Beacon Hill for the bonfires that were lit to warn the NJ Militiamen of oncoming British troops. Later it was known as Heights-over-Springfield and was considered part of New Providence. In the 1830s, there was a house in the area called Summit Lodge which may have spawned the town’s current name.Town website: http://www.cityofsummit.org/ Public schools: http://www.summit.k12.nj.us/
Summit has an active town center with an abundance of cultural, social and recreational opportunities. Programs and activities, like outdoor movies and concert series, fill the calendar at the numerous parks, playgrounds, tennis courts, playing fields, a 9-par golf course and municipal pool. Reeves-Reed Arboretum is a great place to visit with formal gardens and woodlands on its 12.5 acres site and is a New Jersey Registers of Historic Places (nature classes/seasonal events are available for children and adults.) The Summit Free Public Library offers cultural readings, films, special events and free internet access. Thriving Downtown Business District is filled with wonderful specialty shops, clothing stores and restaurants town’s center is thriving. The Short Hills Mall is two miles from downtown.