Springfield offers a great deal to its residents: a history-steeped small town with fantastic location and Union County taxes. Springfield was among the first NJ towns to be incorporated in 1798. Today it consists of 5.2 square miles and has a population of about 17,500 people.
The Battle of Springfield took place in 1780 – George Washington pushed back the British Army towards Morristown – and is considered an important battle in the Revolutionary War. The Cannon Ball House still stands as a reminder of this battle.
The town has five schools. Public pre-school is available for four-year-olds at the Walton Early Childhood Learning Center (the school educates Pre-K 4 through 2nd grade). Two other schools provide elementary education for grades 3-5, after which students attend the middle school (grades 6-8) and then Jonathan Dayton High School (grades 9-12).
The town is convenient for transportation, located at the meeting of Routes 78 and 24. It is only 10 miles from Newark Airport. There are bus lines into New York’s Port Authority, and some residents are able to walk to the Millburn and Short Hill train stations for service to New York’s Penn Station.
Springfield borders the beautiful Watchung Reservation – a Union County park in which residents can enjoy nature via hiking and horseback riding. There are local and county playgrounds and parks located within town also. The municipal pool is a great place for residents to cool off in the summer.