Rich and Rustic
From boom times to hardships, forgotten river towns to back roads; explore Livingston County Historic Sites…
Although Kentucky was granted statehood in 1792, the portion of the state that lies west of the Tennessee River (including part of Livingston County) was Indian territory until purchased by US President Andrew from the Chickasaw in 1818.
Although officially part of Chickasaw territory, Livingston County was established in 1798. The expansive original land mass of Livingston County included what is today part of Caldwell, Crittenden and McCracken Counties. In the early 1800’s the area was a new frontier, filled with rich farm land and accessible by rivers.
Livingston County is named for Robert R. Livingston, a member of the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence. Visit these historic sites and discovery more of the story.
Livingston County Historic Sites
Grand Rivers Furnace
Located on Hwy 453 at the entrance to Lighthouse Landing
The furnace was located 1/2 mile west of the marker, and built in 1890~91, by Thomas Lawson’s Grand Rivers Company. Two stacks, each one 60 foot high, together could produce 45,000 tons of Iron yearly, using coal for fuel until 1901, and coke after that. These blast furnaces were dismantled in 1921.
Lucy Jefferson Lewis
At the intersection of Hwy 60 and 137
Roadside Marker to commemorate the burial site of Lucy Jefferson Lewis. Born in 1752, Lucy Jefferson Lewis was the youngest sister of U.S. President Thomas Jefferson. Lucy moved to Livingston County in 1808 with her Husband. Mrs. Lewis died in 1811 and was buried near her home in Rocky Hill.
Robert R Livingston
Located at 352 Court Street in Smithland
The maker is located beside the Old Courthouse in Smithland, KY. The marker commemorates the namesake of Livingston County, Robert R. Livingston. Robert Livingston was a member of the Committee of Five that drafted the Declaration of Independence.