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Ground broken for Livingston's rebirth

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MADISON COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Developers are working to re-create Madison County's first county seat on the site of what was the town of Livingston.

County officials and developers broke ground on the spot where a courthouse once stood. Developers say they want to bring old southern charm back to the town of Livingston in a modern way.

Livingston was a thriving community in the early 1800s. But when rail lines moved, the town withered away, and it lost its charter in 1840. Developers are taking the first steps to rebuild the area.

"Being this historic site where the first courthouse in the county sat, and these 182-year-old cedar trees that wrap the courthouse -- putting that back, everybody that loves history has been very excited about what's getting ready to happen here," said David Landrum, a member of the Livingston development team.

Landrum says a "market pavilion" will open next spring and create 100 jobs. The second phase is a mercantile store that will open about a year from now. The plans call for Livingston to have additional retail stores and restaurants and employ about 750 people.

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