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Former home of Livingston and Kean families, members include state's first governor, William Livingston (1776-90), Governor Thomas H. Kean (1982-90) and current Republican Senate Leader Thomas Kean, Jr.. Home originally built on land acquired in 1760 by New York lawyer and colonial legislator William Livingston, member of wealthy Livingston family which owned extensive property along Hudson River north of Manhattan. Livingston built 14-room Georgian mansion country retreat on 120 acres in what was then Elizabethtown and later relocated permanent residence in 1772 from New York to Liberty Hall, subsequently elected as first state governor, died at home in 1790 while serving 14th year as governor. Home remained in family ownership until 1970s transfer to Kean University. Currently operated as museum with holdings including family furniture, paintings, memorabilia, letters of Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin. Adjacent museum houses New Jersey firehouse memorabilia, including three historic engines, Located on Union campus of Kean University.
Headquarters and museum of Morris County Historical Society. Home built for Schermerhorn family in 1853, purchased by Augustus and Mary Crane in 1860 and owned by their descendants in Crane and Hone family until donated in 1971 with contents and surrounding five acres to Historical Society. Exhibits and photographs recognize role of Crane and Hone women in both preservation and women’s suffrage movement. Acorn Hall retains most of its original interior design characteristics and furnishings and serves as authentic representation of early upper-middle class suburban life in Morris County. Society sponsors changing exhibits on local history.