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A Pumpkin Patch Celebration at Historic Liberty Hall

UNION, N.J. - Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University will host its annual Pumpkin Patch Day celebration on Saturday, October 23, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the historic grounds of Liberty Hall.

The day features its traditional menu of activities, including pumpkin picking, carving and decorating, Halloween crafts, hayrides, house tours and much more. Admission is $10 for adults; $6 for senior citizens, college students with valid ID and children ages 3-17; and free for Liberty Hall Museum members and children two years of age and under. Additional charges for pumpkins, food and beverages apply.

Liberty Hall Museum will also host several additional activities for children and visitors of all ages in October.

On Saturday and Sunday, October 16 and 17, Liberty Hall Museum will offer free tours as part of Union County’s Four Centuries in a Weekend heritage festival. Tours will run on Saturday, October 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Sunday, October 17, from noon to 4 p.m. Only the first floor of the historic home will be open. The event is sponsored by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

A Children's Afternoon Tea and Fashion Show will be held on Sunday, October 3, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Guests will lunch on yummy treats served on real china while watching a live fashion show. Children will also play games and win prizes. Recommended for girls 7-12. The cost is $24 per person. Reservations are required.

The Halloween Afternoon Tea will be served on Wednesday, October 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Set in the glass-enclosed porch, guests will enjoy a selection of sandwiches, pastries, scones and clotted cream, jams and choice of two teas. Cost is $33 per person and includes a house tour. Reservations are required.

Liberty Hall Museum will also present a blockbuster exhibit, entitled Stitches in Time: Three Centuries of Hemlines, Necklines and Everything in Between. Running from September 30, 2010, through June 30, 2011, the exhibit will feature an array of fashion from Liberty Hall Museum’s vast collection of material culture from the late 18th century to the mid 20th century.

The historical pieces on display will include a rare 1790s bicorn hat, an 1890s gown designed by Charles Worth, the father of haute couture, two early examples of Christian Dior gowns from the early 1950s, historic christening gowns, a groom’s wedding jacket from the 1850s, a squire’s costume worn by Julian Kean to the famous Vanderbilt Fancy Dress Ball of 1883, lady’s slippers from 1780, several Louis Vuitton trunks purchased in Paris with receipts signed by Louis Vuitton and dressing sets made by Tiffany. The Museum will also feature a special selection of vintage undergarments in a display called “Victorian Secrets.”

Liberty Hall Museum at Kean University chronicles more than 200 years of American history. Built in 1772 by William Livingston, New Jersey’s first elected governor, the Victorian style mansion is a treasure trove of historic riches. Along with forgotten letters from Thomas Jefferson, Liberty Hall also houses extensive collections of antique furniture, ceramics, textiles, toys and tools owned by seven generations of the Livingston and Kean families. The Firehouse is the latest addition to the museum’s complex, housing antique fire engines and a collection of fire memorabilia.

Liberty Hall is located at 1003 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. It is open to the public Monday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Closed Sunday). For more information or to make reservations, please call Liberty Hall at 908.527.0400, e-mail or visit