The story of New Jersey’s first elected governor and his country estate’s Revolutionary War heritage is now being told by an interpretive kiosk located on the grounds of Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University in Union.
The kiosk was unveiled on March 12 by representatives from Liberty Hall Museum and Crossroads of the American Revolution. In addition to a brief history of Governor William Livingston, the sign includes information on the June 1780 Battles of Connecticut Farms and Springfield, which marked the last major attempt of the British to engage Continental forces in the northern states. Watch the video.
The Liberty Hall kiosk is part of Crossroads of the American Revolution’s statewide signage program to create a recognizable brand for more than 200 sites that tell the story of New Jersey’s crucial role in the war for independence. Featuring the six-pointed star used in the original United States flag, the signs are designed to make it easier for residents and heritage tourists to locate key Revolutionary-era historic sites and learn more about the state’s deep Revolutionary War heritage. The Liberty Hall kiosk includes a map highlighting other key Revolutionary sites in Elizabeth, Union and Springfield.
“New Jersey saw more battles and skirmishes during the American Revolution than anyplace else, and families were deeply affected by the many years of conflict that took place at their front door,” said Janice Selinger, executive director of Crossroads of the American Revolution. “Crossroads is proud to highlight Liberty Hall Museum as a gateway to New Jersey’s Revolutionary story, especially as we work toward attracting more heritage travelers to discover the state’s contributions during the commemoration of the nation’s 250th anniversary in 2026.”
“We are excited to be a part of the Crossroads of the American Revolution signage program. Liberty Hall played such an important role during the Revolution as home to New Jersey’s first elected governor, William Livingston,” said Liberty Hall Museum Executive Director Rachael Goldberg. “As the home was being built, he had little idea that the location would put the estate in the middle of conflict between British and Continental armies. In fact, the house was raided several times by both forces. The fact that the house, now a museum, stands strong 250 years later, is a testament to the Livingston and Kean families.”
The signage project was accomplished with financial assistance from the New Jersey Historic Trust through the Discover NJ History License Plate Tourism Grant Program. Major funding for the signage was extended through a generous grant from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield.