Livingston does community well. Beyond the holiday decorating recent fun happenings have included a presentation on “Owls of Columbia County!” and the “Great Backyard Bird Count and Feeder Making,” both put on by the Livingston Free Library in cooperation with the Mud Creek Environmental Learning Center in nearby Ghent (a field and wetland habitat that's home to beavers, muskrats, rabbits, coyotes, birds and even a bobcat)! These small events are what make a tight community.
Outdoor adventure awaits at the 319-acre Livingston State Forest, where, besides recreational activity, the forest is managed for timber production, watershed protection, wildlife habitat and its Hudson River vistas. Livingston is the place for you if you love hanging out by the Hudson amongst enormous old trees and acres of lush farmland… and, if you’re a history buff. The Livingston History Barn is a genealogical resource and has relics of the town’s agricultural, economic, military and everyday past.
Part of the original 160,000-acre land grant to Robert Livingston the Elder in 1686, Livingston was founded in 1788, and is one of the original towns of Columbia County NY. The last mansion still in the Livingston family is Oak Hill, now a 100-acre wedding venue right on the Hudson. Oak Hill is on the National Register of Historic Places, as are two other original Livingston family dwellings: the Greek Revival-style Forth House, built between 1835 and 1840, and the Federal-style Richmond Hill.