Gateway to History


  • DesignationState Byway
  • LocationMS
  • Length32.8 miles
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Gateway to History


The “Gateway to History” is located in Madison County, one of the most beautiful areas within our wonderful state of Mississippi. It is rich in history and has been blessed through the years with leaders who have chosen to embrace the importance of preserving both its natural beauty and remnants of bygone days. The cities of Madison, Flora and Canton all have historic downtowns with beautiful old buildings and tree-lined streets. County officials have made great strides toward protecting the view shed along Highway 463 by establishing the Mannsdale-Livingston Preservation District in 2005. At the crossroads of this scenic byway is the site of the Town of Livingston which was the original county seat for Madison County in 1824. This bygone town is now being recreated as Livingston Township, a historic replication of the original county seat, complete with farmer’s market, general store, organic gardens, community center and many boutique stores.

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