Liberty Hall was a 14 room Georgian style home when it was first built in 1772 by William Livingston, a lawyer who became a member of the First and Second Continental Congress and later the first Governor of New Jersey. Livingston’s gardens and orchards are still intact and can be toured year round.
Many famous visitors spent time in Liberty Hall including Alexander Hamilton, and George and Martha Washington. Peter Kean purchased the house in 1811 for his mother who was a niece of William Livingston. The Kean family owned the house for several generations during which time they modified the home to make it a 50 room Victorian Italianate mansion. They also added running water, gas lighting, and hot-air heating. Mary Alice Kean spearheaded the restoration of Liberty Hall in the 1940s.
Liberty Hall is located on the corner of Morris and North Avenues on the Liberty Hall Campus of Kean University. Liberty Hall is and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. The collection includes furniture, clothing, manuscripts, pictures and other historical artifacts including a signed letter from George Washington and an invitation to Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration.
There is a farmers market at Liberty Hall every Thursday this summer from 12-7 until October 30th.
A farmers market evokes memories of sunshine, mouth watering berries, giant tables covered with bright vegetables, and corn on the cob so sweet it could be a dessert. I love picking giant shoppings bags filled with fresh fruits and vegetables and then piling them up on my kitchen table and cooking the day away. If you’re a farmer’s market lover, like we are, then get ready because the season is just about to begin. Here are some of our favorites:
- Liberty Hall Museum Community Farmers Market at 1003 Morris Ave in Union on Thursdays from 11am-5pm from June 8th until October 30th. Tons of Jersey Fresh produce, wine, cheese, breads, honey, pickles, coffees, crafts, syrups.
- Roselle Park Farmers Market at the corner of Chestnut Street and East Grant Ave in in the gazebo parking lot of Michael Mauri Park in Roselle Park on Wednesdays from 1pm to 6pm from July 3rd to October 30th. Fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, baked goods, pickles.
- Scotch Plains Farmers Market at 430 Park Avenue in the Municipal Parking Lot in Scotch Plains on Saturdays from 8am to 2 pm from May 17th through November. Jersey Fresh fruits and vegetables, baked goods.
- Springfield Farmers Market at Dayton High School at 139 Mountain Avenue in Springfield on Mondays from 12 noon to 6 pm from July 1st through August. Fruits, vegetables, baked goods, granola.
- Westfield Farmers Market at the South Avenue Train Station in Westfield on Saturdays from 8:30 am to 2pm from July 5th through October 25th. Fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, granola, dried fruits, cheese, yogurt, eggs, baked goods, honey.
How do you know what’s locally ripe and in season? Try RipeTrack. Just type in the fruit or vegetable you’re looking for and see if you’ll be buying locally grown produce. Alternately, click What’s In Season Right Now and see all of the produce that local farmers are picking today.