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Livingston Place Added to Nationwide Register of Historic Locations


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Mar 22, 2024
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Livingston Place Earns Itemizing on Nationwide Register of Historic Locations

In January 2022, the Nationwide Park Service added the 9,125-acre Livingston Place property in Greenville, Florida, to the Nationwide Register of Historic Locations, making it one of many largest designated websites within the state. Nationwide Register designation acknowledges this distinct cultural panorama, together with its architectural significance, whereas additionally serving to shield and protect it for the longer term.


Tall Timbers has owned Livingston Place — generally known as Dixie Plantation from 1926-2020 — since 2013, when the Geraldine C.M. Livingston Basis gifted the historic quail searching property to our group.

As present steward of the property, Tall Timbers has expanded wildlife analysis and made land administration enhancements, along with finishing a multi-phase restoration and rehabilitation mission of the 1938 Livingston Place Foremost Home — with monetary help from members of Tall Timbers’ Board of Trustees, the Pink Hills neighborhood, and three Florida Division of State Particular Class grants.

Grasp architect John Russell Pope designed the Foremost Home; it’s the solely considered one of his designs in Florida. Pope is understood for designing a number of distinguished Washington, DC buildings, together with the Jefferson Memorial and the Nationwide Gallery of Artwork.

“Restoring the Livingston Place Foremost Home brings life again to this historic construction and permits Tall Timbers to put it to use for visitors, science and conservation gatherings, and neighborhood occasions. We’re enthusiastic about this primary step as we consider a plan of action primarily based on utilization and demand,” commented Dr. Invoice Palmer, President and CEO of Tall Timbers.

The Nationwide Register designation can be very a lot about this distinct American panorama of enormous quail searching preserves, wealthy in pure and cultural sources, defined Kevin McGorty, Tall Timbers Land Conservancy Director and nomination co-author. “This is without doubt one of the largest properties listed within the Nationwide Register from Florida, reflecting a definite cultural panorama that was formed by each the Livingston household and their sporting pursuits, and the African American tenant farmers who lived and labored on the land.”


Tenant Home at Livingston Place

The Legacy of the Livingston Household

The Livingston household left a wealthy legacy by making the property a nationally acknowledged area trial venue, showcasing competitors amongst among the nation’s prime chook canine and their handlers. The distinguished Continental Subject Trial has been hosted yearly on the web site since 1937, and is considered one of few remaining area path occasions with wild bobwhite quail, because of science-driven land administration practices that embody the standard use of prescribed hearth.

The Livingstons’ implementation of land stewardship practices, as promoted within the Pink Hills area by early conservationist Herbert L. Stoddard, improved not solely the property’s wild quail populations, but additionally conserved different wildlife and restored habitats, together with longleaf pine forests.

Intertwined with conservation, Livingston Place is important for its direct affiliation with Black tenant farmers and sharecroppers and their necessary function within the Pink Hills’ financial, leisure, and environmental growth. African People, free of slave labor on large-scale agricultural plantations, adopted small-scale patch farming and cultural burning that favored quail populations and performed a pivotal half within the success of searching preserves within the Pink Hills area after the Reconstruction period. Black workers at these properties additionally ensured clean working of the protect operation as expert canine handlers, horse trainers, and home and grounds staff.

Interpretive Exhibit for the Foremost Home Being Developed

Three tenant farmer cabins, a commissary, two staff’ cottages, three cemeteries, and a canine cemetery stay as surviving options to inform the story of this working panorama. Tall Timbers can be growing an interpretive exhibit for the primary home, to share with guests the historical past of the Livingston household and the function of African American farmers in shaping this revered American panorama generally known as the Pink Hills.

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