Today, the town is populated by slightly more than 2500 residents strewn across less than 900 households. That demographic alone places it squarely between a charming, sleepy village and Smalltown, America. Near the site of the former foundry, the former business center of town can still be seen along the intersection of Route 15 and Morris Farm Road. The former post office, grist mill and a number of other notable buildings can still be seen there today, albeit in different incarnations - mainly collectable and antique shops. My personal favorite was the former general store that is now home to the Millside Café.
The Millside Café is a quaint establishment that sits beside a picturesque babbling brook and somehow, retains the charming simplicity of a bygone era, even as traffic speeds by at a relentless pace along the heavily traveled Route 15. And even though this well traveled byway sits barely a dozen or so yards from the establishment's front door, the sound of speeding automobiles goes almost unnoticed as the serene setting takes prominence above all else.
Upon entering, we were greeted by a well-mannered server who allowed us to choose our own table. Of course, we chose one in the rear corner of the dining room which gave us a commanding view of the establishment, and one where our picture-taking would not impede upon the privacy of those around us. We sat and chatted, and over coffee gave the room something more than a cursory glance. Upon the well-worn wood floor that revealed previous layouts of the building's past incarnations, sat an eclectic array of mismatched tables and chairs that were artifacts and antiques from varied eras. There was a variety of baker's tables, kitchen tables and desks that ran the gamut of historical epochs. Baskets denoting different styles of American folk-craft hung from the plaster ceilings. Peripheral furniture ranged from early American china cabinets to colonial pantries. Even the salt and pepper shakers were mismatched, displaying an array of nostalgic design; several styles representative of those that sat on my grandparents' table when I was a child. For we lovers of history, this dining room was a sensory delight.
But in truth, we had come here to eat, not gawk. So over a second cup of coffee, we perused the Millside Café's breakfast menu.
The menu was filled with an ample array of your typical breakfast fare; pancakes, french toast, eggs and particularly, omelets - priced between 5 and 8 bucks each. And judging by the portions that went by our table en route to hungry patrons, it seemed to be everything one would expect from a hearty country-style breakfast.