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“Historic gem in Union, NJ”

Liberty Hall Museum
Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Union
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Welcome to Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University, home of New Jersey's first elected governor and signer of the Constitution, William Livingston. Built in 1772, on the eve of the American Revolution, Liberty Hall has been a silent witness to more than 200 years of American history. Over the last two centuries, the originally designed 14-room Georgian Style home has grown into a 50-room Victorian-style mansion. The site houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. Ancestors of the Livingston/Kean families have included Governors, U.S. Congressmen and Senators, entrepreneurs, and pioneering women with vision and strength. The stories of their lives, passed down from generation to generation, tell how this family met the challenges of a changing nation. Visit Liberty Hall Museum and discover the living past. Liberty Hall Museum has it's own parking lot and it's free.
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Toured the mansion and grounds with the garden club. Such a beautifully maintained facility showcasing centuries of NJ history. Well informed docent made the day so special. Many of the members want to do a return visit.

Thank barbetNewJersey
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Reviewed May 26, 2013

We really enjoyed an in-depth tour at Liberty Hall Museum, its current exhibit is "Ring for Service" to tie-in with the Downton Abbey mania. The best part of this mansion is its original furniture, clothing, wallpaper, china, silver, household goods, and estate equipment. This is so much better than touring mostly empty historic sites (e.g. many chateaus in France are all empty) or site with reproduction pieces (e.g. Colonial Williamsburg). Liberty Hall is truly an authentic NJ historic site, and its garden is very beautiful too.I just have 1 quibble with our costumed guide yesterday who seemed very grumpy & frowning which was an odd way to start the tour, but she did warm up a bit gradually. There are many special events for children, school groups, or adults. We are looking forward to returning for an Afternoon Tea event there. Note that the parking lot & garden paths are all gravel/pebbly and it's less suitable for ladies wearing heels.

Thank fbc001
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

Liberty Hall is an amazing place to visit. The guided tour is informative yet informal with plenty of room to examine objects closely and ask questions of the guide. The house and grounds are beautiful and a peek inside life in numerous eras. It is very easy to get to from the GSP, parking is abundant and the staff is friendly and helpful. Don't miss Ursino restaurant across the street - food to die for!

Thank jacn518
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Reviewed May 9, 2013

Today, I visited Liberty Hall for the first time. The historic mansion and grounds are beautifully maintained on the campus of Kean University. The guided tour provided interesting stories about NJ history from colonial times to the present. Two famous NJ families (the Livingston family and the Kean family) lived here for six generations. I believe children and adults would enjoy this site. There are beautiful grounds, a film before touring, and a wonderful exhibit of historic fire engines from Elizabeth and Union, NJ.

Thank travelingrm
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Absolutely a treasure trove of precious items. Many activities available that turn it into a true living history, for adults and children alike.

1  Thank Barbara G
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