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Kearny Museum



The museum is located on the upper floor of the main library building. A staff of volunteers organizes the local displays, which includes a collection of photographs, articles of clothing, war memorabilia, and a collection of Kearny High School yearbooks.


Museum Piece

Name: General Kearny’s Smoking Chair

Description: Napoleon III of France presented General Kearny with the pictured smoking chair. The picture shows the chair with its original blue velvet upholstery and silk fringe, with a delicately carved back with a cigar motif. Its hinged cigar box on the chair’s back is upholstered in blue velvet as an armrest. It is the only chair of its type in this country, a similar one being in a Paris museum. It was used by the general in his home at “Belle Grove”, which was more commonly called Kearny Castle. Virginia Livingston Hunt, who was Kearny’s granddaughter and Agnes Maxwell Kearny, who was his second wife, donated the chair. Hunt’s regard for the late Harold Latham and his interest in her grandfather motivated her to have the general’s favorite smoking chair returned to the town carrying his name. It had been part of the Traphagen Museum Collection until she arranged for its homecoming to Kearny in 1968.



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Saturday 10:00am - 12:00pm
Wednesday 6:30 - 7:30pm

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Kearny Public Library
318 Kearny Ave
Kearny, NJ 07032
Kearny Branch Library
759 Kearny Ave
Kearny, NJ 07032

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