Liberty Hall Podcast


  • Address: 1003 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ 07083
  • Hours of Operation: April-December, Wed – Sat: 10-4; Sun: 12-4
  • Contact: 908-527-0400; libertyhall@kean.edu
  • Website: http://www.kean.edu/libertyhall/



Built in 1772, Liberty Hall was originally owned by William Livingston, American Patriot, Governor of New Jersey, and signer of the Constitution. This house and its residents survived the tumultuous years of the American Revolution (1775-1783) but there were many occasions when those fates were in doubt. During the war, William Livingston, was seen as a dangerous rebel and wanted man by Loyalists and the British. On numerous occasions British troops entered Liberty Hall searching for Livingston and important documents that might be hidden there. It was due to the valiant efforts of his wife and daughters that the Governor and his papers escaped capture. Today Liberty Hall still bears witness to those violent times including sword marks on the main stairway that are still visible.

Liberty Hall has seen many additions in over 200 years, transforming it from a 14 room Georgian Country home to a 50 room Victorian Mansion. It lies on more than 25 acres of land with almost 60 types of trees including the oldest known living tree in New Jersey. Besides its important role in the Revolution, Liberty Hall is the ancestral home of the Livingston and Kean families and has hosted many important visitors including Alexander Hamilton and Martha Washington. In 1995 Liberty Hall was named a National Historic Landmark and today, as a part of Kean University is open to the public for tours.

“Union County: Battleground of Freedom” is made possible through a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State; the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders; the Crossroads of the American Revolution Association; the Greater Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce; and Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University.

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