All Things Main Street
Welcome to the official page for all things Main Street in Livingston. This is the hidden jewel of the Piney Woods that everyone has been searching to find. Livingston is the setting that gives a nostalgic old time feeling without having to give up the modern benefits everyone loves. The place to find hand made chocolates, antiques and cute cafes all within walking distance. Somewhere to enjoy a Saturday morning Farmers’ Market at a park around the corner from a restaurant that delivers through door dash.
This Historic Downtown Main Street is proof that this little town can overcome anything when it comes together. The major fire of 1902 caused most of the town between Abbey and Polk Street to be destroyed. Only the courthouse and few businesses survived. However, later that same year Livingston was incorporated and the process of rebuilding began.
Early businesses in town included general stores, a livery and feed stable, brick factory, cotton gin, hotel, sawmills and blacksmiths. Now Main Street is the place for different kinds of Shopping, Dining, Entertainment and more in the heart of downtown. There is no limit to what this little town has to offer. Main Street is full of unique shops with great finds for all ages and a variety of foods and treats. There is even a park directly on Main Street. There is plenty of side street parking available, or park on the back side of most businesses in the parking lots like a local.
The Livingston Main Street program envisions historical downtown as the heart of the city and county where social, economic, and civic activities generate a welcoming environment in which local citizens and visitors enjoy diverse experiences. The Historical Downtown Main Street District of Livingston invites all to come and see how #livlocal on Main Street.
In 1977 the National Historic Trust developed the Main Street Program to address the decaying traditional commercial districts across America. The advent of shopping malls, highway bypasses, and changing consumer trends in the 1960s and early 1970s led to a mass exodus of these downtown districts, with the buildings being boarded up and falling into disrepair.
The program goals are to restore the buildings and revitalize the downtown economy. There are over 1,600 Main Street cities in the United States, and 90 of them are in Texas, overseen by the Texas Historical Commission. The Main Street Program offers member cities guidance in historic preservation and renovation, economic development, and architectural assistance.