Livingston, Mississippi

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Livingston, Mississippi
Livingston, Mississippi is located in Mississippi
Livingston, Mississippi
Livingston, Mississippi
Livingston, Mississippi is located in the US
Livingston, Mississippi
Livingston, Mississippi
Coordinates: 32°33′11″N 90°12′58″W / 32.55306°N 90.21611°W / 32.55306; -90.21611Coordinates: 32°33′11″N 90°12′58″W / 32.55306°N 90.21611°W / 32.55306; -90.21611
CountryUnited States
StateMississippi
CountyMadison
Elevation
289 ft (88 m)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
GNIS feature ID672734[1]

Livingston is an unincorporated community located in Madison County, Mississippi, United States.

Once a thriving commercial center, Livingston was nearly deserted by the Civil War. Recent commercial and residential development has revived the lost community.

History[edit]

In 1829, the county seat was moved from Beatties Bluff to Livingston. A courthouse and jail were built by 1833, and the town was incorporated in 1836.[2][3] That same year, the county seat was officially moved to Canton, though Livingston "unofficially" remained the county seat until 1858, because its courthouse continued to be used until that year.[2]

Livingston became an important trading center for nearby plantations.[3]

A Methodist church was established in Livingston around 1830,[4] and there was a Masonic Lodge from 1854 to 1866, when Union forces ransacked and destroyed it.[5]

By the 1850s, railways had been established across the county, and Livingston had been bypassed. Most of the town's residents moved and businesses shut down,[6][7] though the post office remained until at least 1902.[3] The only remains of the original town are a cemetery, and the foundation of the court square.[2]

New development[edit]

In 2012, a farmers market opened in Livingston, featuring food and entertainment. It became a popular summertime destination, and attracted performers such as country music singer Travis Tritt. Developers began a $73 million construction project in Livingston in 2013, which will included an 1800s-style town square, men's barbershop, mercantile store, and office building. There is also be a restaurant called "The County Seat". Two residential developments are also planned.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Livingston, Mississippi
  2. ^ a b c "Madison County Information". Madison County Mississippi. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Riley, Franklin L. "Extinct Towns & Villages of Madison County, MS". Genealogy Trails. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  4. ^ Johnson, Claude W. "Madison County, Mississippi: Seedbed for Early Methodism" (PDF). Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-02-24.
  5. ^ "Livingston Lodge #192". ICRR. Retrieved 4 August 2017.
  6. ^ a b Chandler, Clay (Jan 21, 2014). "The Town of Livingston Soon Will Get Well". Carion-Ledger.
  7. ^ Rothman, Joshua D. (2012). Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson. University of Georgia Press.