Riker Hill Art Park
What is now Livingston’s Riker Hill Art Park began its life as a United States Army Nike Missile Base in the 1950s. The tract was purchased from the federal government for $1.00 in 1974. The buildings that once housed army facilities have been converted to art studios where sculpture, painting, photography, and various crafts now flourish. Riker Hill is a 204.68-acre complex off Beaufort Avenue located in the western section of Essex County and is composed of three parts: 1) The Riker Hill Art Park, a 42-acre former US Nike missile tracking base, acquired in 1977. Its former army barracks are now occupied by artists, sculptors and craftsmen; 2) Dinosaur Park, a 16-acre tract acquired in 1970—well known throughout the state as the site of the smallest dinosaur tracks ever found (This park is not open to the public) and 3) Becker Park, a 147-acre tract of undeveloped parkland that was purchased in 1969 in part through the Green Acres Program.
The Historic Force Homestead Museum
The 3-floor Old Force Homestead was originally built in 1745. Now a museum, it’s maintained by the Livingston Historical Society. Find out more about this local treasure, which is included in the U.S. Department of the Interior’s National Registry of Historic Places!
The Historic Ely Cemetary
The Ely Cemetary is open for free tours on certain days each year, including Memorial Day and Veterans Day. It was established in 1777 by French and Indian War veteran Captain William Ely on quarter acre of his land. Visitors can hear about its history and see various examples of different types of slabs, headstones and tablets, lettering and carvings. Abandoned for many years, Livingston Historical Society volunteers were able to once again begin upkeep in 1978. Come visit this small slice of Livingston’s considerable history, the original burial ground that holds generations of Elys and other prominent families with whom they intermarried.