The 1772 Foundation was so named in honor of its first restoration project, Liberty Hall in Union, New Jersey built in 1772 by Governor Livingston, the first governor of that state. The residence has since been converted into a museum open to the public.
Like so many of the Foundation's projects, this building has a unique history. Liberty Hall was home to the Livingston and Kean families for 225 years and represents the evolving styles and traditions of American history. Visitors find 23 acres of manicured landscape in the heart of a bustling urban city. Stories are told here of the Livingston/Kean families including Governors, a U.S. Congressman, and U.S. Senators. Visitors also learn about the lives of millers, farmers, and servants who were part of the Liberty Hall history. More information can be found at www.kean.edu/libertyhall
The Foundation, thanks to its original benefactor, the late Stewart B. Kean, continues to provide ongoing support for this project, and for other restoration projects throughout the United States. It is our hope to continue in the tradition of Stewart Kean and Liberty Hall to preserve our architectural and cultural history for future generations.
Links to details on the foundation's current giving priorities can be found on our home page.