The Liberty Hall Museum in Union, NJ actually will schedule a private tea...
we haven't done it, but it looked so interesting, that I thought I would let folks know.
from the website:
"Tour groups may also schedule a private Tea, which includes a house tour, on either our glass-enclosed porch for groups of 24 or in our Victorian Carriage House for larger groups. The price for Tea is $30 per person.
Assorted Tea Sandwiches
Cucumber with Herbed Cream Cheese
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Shrimp Salad with Watercress
Scones & Clotted Cream
Black and Green Tea"
We finally made it out to the Liberty Hall Museum today.
If you live in North Jersey, it is a really worthwhile visit.
Very, very interesting place. The Keans are descended from Gov. Livingston, the NJ governor during the Revolutionary War. At 15, Alexander Hamilton was put up in the family home, as a ward. They showed us the room that he stayed in. Pretty neat. And, of course, George Washington stayed there...but actually.
They have a horse chestnut tree in the back of the home that dates from 1770, still yielding..
The main mansion dates from around that time, when Governor Livingston fled from NYC to get some peace in Jersey (only to find himself drawn into public service again).
Just neat stuff. They lay out the various rooms to fit different periods...from the 1930's, all the way back to colonial times. 50 rooms. Colonial kitchen, smokehouse, ice house, huge barn. Later on one of the Keans loved everything about firefighting...so he had an authentic 1920's style firehouse built on the property, complete with two fire engines from the time. Huge barn/stable that has some carriages including an actual one-horse sleigh. Just cool stuff.
Really not a bad visit. I thought it was better than the Ballantine House down by the Newark Museum.
So, basically it is all through a guided tour. They run about every 1/2 hour or so, depending on who shows up.
Here's the website: