Mississippi Scenic Byway: Gateway to History

The Mississippi Heritage Trust identifies historically threatened places in the state each year and several years ago the Mannsdale Livingston area was included on the list.  Preservationists have been hard at work ever since by working toward having the area turned into a federally appointed Mississippi Scenic Byway.  Last year Governor Phil Bryant approved the measure and things are moving forward!  The trail will be marked at the Livingston Farmers  Market, the Chapel of the Cross and the historic cities of Flora and Canton.

Last Saturday a kick-off celebration was held at the Livingston Farmers Market…

Scenic Byways

The byway is named the “Gateway to History” and covers almost 33 miles.  There will be a welcome center located in Canton and multi-use trails will be placed between Flora and Canton.  The new town of Livingston is being created and is now marked by the Livingston Farmers Market.

Saturday’s celebration included a ribbon cutting…

ribbon cutting for Mississippi Scenic Byway

Local garden clubs assisted with daffodil planting…

ribbon cutting for Mississippi Scenic Byway

even the young set got in on the action…

ribbon cutting for Mississippi Scenic Byway

The town of Livingston was the first county seat of Madison and it is wonderful to see it coming to life again…

ribbon cutting for Mississippi Scenic Byway

The new town will reflect Livingston’s history…

ribbon cutting for Mississippi Scenic Byway

Now, here I make my confession – I was headed to the celebration on my way back to Jackson from Clarksdale on Saturday and I knew that I would be cutting it close.  All that remained as I was driving in were a few tents and a few tired volunteers!  Thanks so much to my friend Cheryl Welch for all the pictures that I was not there to take!  I wanted to tell you about this exciting undertaking though and promise to keep up with progress and report along to you.

I have another little excursion planned for the weekend, how about you?

Any highway travel in your plans?…

dog riding in car





The town of Livingston was the first county seat of Madison. The new town will preserve and reflect the history of the original town.


1st picture is the new revised history of the Johnstones of Annandale – Gay Yerger did it and part of the proceeds go to the daffodil planting

2nd picture – getting ready to plant daffodils – Garden Club representatives from the Reunion Garden Club, Whisper Lake Garden Club, the Garden Club of Madison and the Garden Club of Jackson all took part.  These are old bulbs that are back in the woods along the Scenic Byway
3rd pic – Michael Yerger, Rita Martinson and Cheryl getting instructions
4th and 5th pic – getting ready to plant – and NO!  I’m not trying to drop the bulbs on Rita’s head!!!
2nd, 3rd and 4th picture is the ribbon cutting – David Landrum, Michael Yerger, mayor of Flora, Rita Martinson, guy doing the grocery store/commissary, Phyllis Doby and Will Longwitz
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  1. How wonderful! I love scenic byways. Many a great road trip has been spent on one!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      I love driving also, just have trouble with wanting to stop and take pictures all along the way!

  2. Thank you, Kimberly Sharpe, for taking all the pictures! Exciting for this part of Madison county!