Summit is a city in Union County, New Jersey, United States. It is about 20 miles from Manhattan. One report was that Manhattan’s financial elite prefers Summit real estate because of big houses, good schools and New Jersey Transit rail link to Manhattan’s financial district. Summit had the 16th-highest per capita income in the state as of the 2000 Census.
The region in which Summit is located was purchased from Native Americans on October 28, 1664. Summit’s earliest European settlers came to the area around the year 1710. Summit was called the “Heights over Springfield” during the late 18th century and most of the 19th century, and was considered a part of New Providence. In the 19th century, Summit served as a nearby getaway spot for wealthy residents of New York City in search of fresh air. The city experienced a great building boom, as living outside New York City and commuting to work became more common and the population of New Jersey grew. At this point, Summit took on its suburban character of tree lined streets and architect-designed houses that it is known for today.
Some of the notable landmarks are: The Carter House – at 90 Butler Parkway, Summit’s oldest known structure, built in 1741, now home to the Summit Historical Society; The Summit Diner, located on the corner of Union Place & Summit Avenue, is a 1938 O’Mahony diner; Twin Maples is a registered Historic Place at Springfield Avenue and Edgewood Road.; and The Summit Playhouse which features live dramatic performances.
Students in Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade are educated by the Summit Public Schools.
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