About Livingston, NJ
Livingston is a historic community, dating from the 1700’s. Purchased from the Lenni Lenape Indians, the land stretches from the Watchung Mountains to the banks of the Passaic River. The Lenni Lenape Indians, who lived in small groups and traveled from place to place, were a peaceful tribe, living off the land by fishing and hunting.
In 1702, settlers from Newark purchased a tract of land that encompassed the areas now known as Caldwell, Livingston and West Essex. They paid 130 English pounds to the Lenni Lenape Indians. In 1811, seven hamlets — including Teedtown (now Livingston Center), Northfield, Morehousetown (Livingston Circle), Cheapside (Livingston Mall), Washington Place and Squiertown (Route 10 Circle) got together and petitioned for the formation of The Township of Livingston. It was named in honor of William Livingston, the first governor of New Jersey and a framer of the Constitution.
Livingston has an excellent school district. With its Blue ribbon public school system known for academic excellence, over 95% of its graduates attend college.
Livingston is a lively cultural community, with many activities taking place in theater, music, and art. Cultural attractions in the area include the Morris Museum, the Community Theatre of Morristown and the highly acclaimed Paper Mill Playhouse in nearby Millburn. The exclusive Mall at Short Hills and nearby towns such as Summit, South Orange and Chatham provide unlimited opportunities for fine dining and retail shopping. Plus, the Livingston Mall has Macy’s, Lord & Taylor, and Sears, as well as other shops.
The New Jersey Ballet, located on 15 Microlab Road, brings dance to over 150,000 New Jerseyans throughout the year. It’s reputation for artistic excellence has attracted a considerable number of major dance works which have been premiered in New Jersey. Dance, choral, opera, and symphony audiences alike have enjoyed New Jersey Ballet performances with the New Jersey Symphony, New Jersey State Opera, and over 50 other major performing arts organizations in the state.