Livington County, KY
HistoryLivingston County, Kentucky was formed from Christian County in 1799. It was named for Robert R. Livingston (1746-1813), who was a member of the Continental Congress, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, minister to France and one of the drafters of the Declaration of Independence.
The county is located near the confluence of the Ohio and Cumberland Rivers and in the earliest days of settlement, Smithland, the county seat, had a reputation of being a lusty, bawling river town, full of unsavory characters. Soon, however, lots were bought by people of a much different and better character who built homes and established businesses including Inns and Taverns, some of which are reputed to have had tunnels used by escaping slaves.