You might have already guessed, based on the city's name, that milling had a big role in Millville's early days. That is a good guess, because some of the first recorded activity by European colonists in the area came around 1720, when a mill was built in what was then known as Shingle Landing. The area remained popular for lumber milling due to its proximity to the Maurice River, which allowed the mills to transport lumber cheaply and easily. Glassmaking was also an early industry here thanks to the abundance of silica sand. The city's Glasstown Arts District is a tribute to this history.
Boating in Millville
The Maurice River runs through Millville, connecting the city to the Delaware Bay and to Union Lake, which is also in the Millville city limit. Not only does this provide beautiful scenery for the area, but these bodies of water also provide locals with the opportunity to enjoy their natural environment by boat. The city has an official boat ramp, the Fowser Road Boat Ramp that provides a good access point to the Maurice River. From here, appropriately sized craft can make their way north to Union Lake or south to the Delaware Bay, enjoying the changing scenery along the way.