About Dixie Plantation:
Wildlife Habitat Conservation
Through research programs in conjunction with state, federal and private agencies, Dixie carefully manages its population of quail, deer, turkey, duck and dove.
Agricultural and Forestry
Most of our agricultural land has been converted forestry. Much is devoted to long leaf pine regeneration and wildlife management. A significant portion is devoted to intensive commercial forestry. We raise and train dogs as "man's best friend" but we consider plants produced as man's essential friend for survival. A small portion of our land is in cultivated crops to produce feed for wildlife and livestock.
Dixie Plantation is operated under a perpetual conservation easement, which insures it will never be developed or sold. We currently are engaged in several conservation projects in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Natural Resource Conservation Service and the Suwannee River Water Management District.
Mr. Gerald Livingston established Dixie as a quail hunting preserve. He raised, hunted and ran in field trials many wonderful bird dogs, primarily English Pointers. Shores Brownie Doone, double national champion, and other famous bird dogs owned by the Livingston's are buried in a formal cemetery on the property.
The plantation manager, Joe Milligan, continues this tradition carefully breeding and training superior pointers for hunting and field trial competition.
Tennessee Walking Horses
Because of the comfortable gaits, stamina, and ability to keep up with the bird dogs, Tennessee Walking Horses are the breed of choice for field trials. The Livingstons owned Midnight Sun, THE Tennessee walking horse of the past century. He holds the coveted honor of siring more champions than any other walking horse in history. Dixie maintains a magnificent herd of walking horses, the majority of which are direct descendants of Midnight Sun.
The Big House
The main house of the plantation is a Greek revival mansion designed by John Russell Pope who was arguably the outstanding classical architect of the twentieth century. Pope designed
such outstanding classical buildings as the Jefferson Memorial
and the National Archives. There are only two residences
in the South which were designed by Pope, the other being
located on Jekyll Island's “millionaire's row”.
Pope died before the home was completed in 1940.
There are over 14,000 square feet of living space, not counting the service areas or the servants' quarters.
The Geraldine C. M. Livingston Foundation is currently involved in the preservation and restoration of this architectural treasure.