Civil War History Buffs Descend on Jefferson Texas

The 6th annual Civil war symposium comes to Jefferson this weekend August 12 !!!

This years keynote subject is  “RED RIVER CAMPAIGN NARRATIVES OF DESTRUCTION, HEROISM & BLOOD”  by Dr. Henry O Robertson. flags-crossed

Jefferson Texas is the perfect place to attend this symposium (see info below) since the subject matter took place in the area. To experience what it was like back then take the “Turning Basin Boat Tour” up and down the Big Cypress Bayou located in downtown Jefferson and it does not take much imagination to picture yourself on that fateful campaign as they made their way through the area. The Jefferson Museum on Austin Street and the Mason Dixon Line Military Museum on Lafayette street in downtown also are great places to help you get a feel of what it was like during that tumultuous time.

Don’t forget to tour the Historic Oakwood Cemetery and view the section of modest white gravestones that mark the graves of the Union soldiers that were stationed at the Garrison in Jefferson after the war. You walk among those age marked headstones and see the names of the enlisted and officers that met their demise in this southern port city, where they were originally sent to burn Jefferson down to the ground but ended up occupying the city instead… it’s hard not feel the animosity they must have dealt with. There is a saying ” Half of these soldiers died from Malaria, the other half died from being stationed in a southern town that did not want them”. There are many other historic figures buried in Oakwood as well.

oakwood cemetary union graces

After a day of Civil War history, enjoy the cuisine from one of the several Jefferson restaurants with choices from fine dining to comfort food, and be thankful you did not have to eat what those soldiers did back then. After dinner, you head back to enjoy complimentary Smores and/or Wine at the Firepit if you happen to be staying at The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast. 

CH Breakfast mediaThe next morning you will wake up to the smell of Fresh ground coffee and Jessi’s Signature Gourmet Breakfast. Have a seat inside or on the wrap around porch and let us serve you up a two-course breakfast (always dessert first) before you head back to to the noisy, modern world.

On the way out of town as you drive out FM 2208 if you have the windows down. Then listen to the sounds and smell the scents of the forest…and maybe if you try real hard, you might be able to hear the hoofbeats of General John G.Walker’s troops and the Texas Infantry Division as they made their way through the moss covered cypress trees and tall pines that all but blocked out the sunlight, and made traveling feel like permanent twilight.  You can imagine their young faces cast in steely resolve as they made they way to Mansfield, Louisiana to stop the Union troops from burning down the port cities Shreveport and Jefferson.Civil war soldiers in forest

At this time of this post, we still have a couple of rooms left so call us direct for your reservation 903-665-9511.6th annual

For information or registration, contact the Museum at 903-665-2775. www.jeffersonmuseum.net

The Carriage House Hosts Summer Corporate Retreats

The Carriage House in Jefferson has had a record number of Corporate and Organizational Retreats in 2017 that have stayed with us or planning to this Summer. Organizations from Education, Military, and Business has found that a retreat in Jefferson is a great place to hold a planning, educational or strategy retreat. The Carriage House has the ability to transform its main room into a classroom or lecture style area to accommodate groups of up to 25 people and larger groups can be accommodated at the Jeffersonian Institute in downtown Jefferson which is a short walk away from the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast. Quitman School District, Barksdale AFB, Pro Train, TCEA, and Private corporations have found that Jefferson has just the right mix of relaxation and recreational activities to make for a productive getaway..of course, Jessi’s cooking helps too. We offer extras like Welcome Bar-B-Que’s, lunch and dinner plans, and of course the Breakfasts that we are known for. So if you’re company or organization needs a break from the city in a place that is a true “Retreat” then Jefferson Texas and The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast is the place for you. There are several other B&B’s that have agreed to participate if you need more rooms than the eleven we offer.

Just call Jessi and we can put together a custom package that will make your corporate retreat a memorable one 903-665-9511

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The Carriage House prepares for Pilgrimage and the Garden Tour

It’s just a few days away from Pilgrimage 2017 in Jefferson Texas, and the town is getting ready for the much-anticipated event! Jessi and the staff are also in full preparation mode as The Carriage House is part of the Pilgrimage Graden Tour this year. If you stop by this week after breakfast you will probably find her in the garden battling weeds and putting on the final touches. However, if you’re in Jefferson feel free to get a sneak preview of the garden tour the property if you have not had the chance to do so.

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Carriage House hosts College Administrators

image000000 (3) image000000 (7) image000000 (6)The Carriage House B&B hosted Dr. Trenton Hightower’s Strategic Sales conference in February. Attendees included representatives from Texarkana College, Galveston College, TSTC in Marshall and others. The conference shares best practices for Colleges to work with local industry to develop contract training programs to help Workforce and Continuing Education Departments. The attendees were treated to a welcome Bar-B-Q upon arrival the night before the conference after exploring Historic Jefferson Texas that afternoon. The Carriage house provided a lunch for both days of the conference, but the Attendees headed out to Jefferson’s award winning Restaurants for dinner.  The conference was produced by Training Certification, and Educational Associates which is planning to bring more conferences and project management boot camps to Jefferson Texas. The Conference was sponsered by Gradcast.com and ProTrainedu.com

STRAWBERRY CREAM PUFFS

Sweets for your Sweetie

February 14th, Valentines Day. The day of love and romance. Make these simple homemade Strawberry Cream Puffs then add some chocolates, candlelight and your favorite bubbly to create a fabulous valentines treat guaranteed to get your Valentine’s heart beating. Enjoy! 

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Ingredients

1 C. flour

3.5 oz. milk

3.5 oz. water

2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. salt

5 1/2 Tbsp. unsalted butter

4 eggs

Filling

2 C. heavy cream

1/3 C. powdered sugar

1 tsp. vanilla extract

Fresh strawberries, cut into slices

  •  In a saucepan bring the milk, water, sugar, salt and butter to boil.
  • Remove your pan from the heat and add the flour all at once and mix vigorously with a wooden spoon until all ingredients are mixed well together.
  • Place pan back on the heat on cook while stirring for 1 or 2 more minutes to remove moisture. The cream puff dough will pull away from the sides of the pan.
  • Transfer batter to a large mixing bowl and allow it to cool slightly. Add the eggs one at a time mixing with your wooden spoon.The batter will be smooth and be able to hold its shape.
  • Fit a pastry bag with a 1/2 inch round tip and pipe the dough into 1 1/2 inch circles on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Add your sheet to a 350 degree preheated oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until browned and puffed.
  • Prick each cream puff on the underneath with a skewer to release the steam and cool on a wire rack.
  • In a large bowl whip the heavy cream with an electric mixer until it forms a stiff peak. Add sugar and vanilla and mix well.
  • Cut the cream puffs in half. Fill the bottom half with the cream mixture, top with strawberries and add the top half of the cream puff to the cream.Dust with powdered sugar and serve.

 

Join us for Thanksgiving 2016 At the Carriage House!

Jessi is doing a Special Thanksgiving dinner at the Carriage House in Historic Jefferson Texas this year. You can dine on a delicious plated Thanksgiving Day Feast including beverages for 32.99 per person.This experience is available whether or not you are staying with us, or just in town for the day. Be sure to call for reservations as seating is limited. Enjoy Jefferson, Football, and my wife’s cooking
call 903-665-9511 http://carriagehousejefferson.com/blog/thanksgiving-2016-carriage-house/
-BW Brooks photo of food collagehttp://www.jefferson-texas.com/

Handicap Ramp added to a Jefferson TX bed and breakfast

Bed and Breakfast Handicap Ramp in Jefferson, Texas

17 months we have been here now. When we put our lives into this bed and breakfast, we had so many plans.  My idea when I first arrived was to make the Carriage House mine, my style, my comfort, my easiness and my hospitality. New Quilts, paint repairs, gardens, the right plates, magnificent food and presentation, the right wholesome staff. All of this is very important to me. It is a never ending thought how to make it better and more memorable to our guests.

As time went by in such a short period of time, I met so many neat and amazing people. This perfect house started to seem to me it needed a little updating. Updating didn’t and doesn’t include the house, property or staff. I saw that a variety of people that came and visited our home. The responses from their stays were overwhelmingly encouraging. BUT… I saw a need….

Our guests range in ages and needs to really enjoy and relax. There are knee surgeries and walkers and families bringing a loved one that needs that little extra something to help them, enjoy their stay.  We have a one story home. People call me and ask questions about the property about the accessibility to maneuver around the house. I always said, YES, one story, 2 steps leading up to the wrap around porch…Easy …Easy…Easy….

Then some arrived and it wasn’t so easy. I had to make a change.

We have just added a beautiful ramp  to our wrap around porch which is located on the main house which houses 2 original bedrooms, the parlor and the dining room. Everything at your fingertips without a stair.
What a difference it has made. For one of my first big renovations, I believe this was the best choice for the house and our guests.

We also have walk in showers with grips on the shower floors. We have also installed safety bars in the two rooms with the bath and shower combinations.

Safety is important to us and to th health of our guest. Pictures to come soon. My husband told me we could not paint the ramp yet because the wood has to cure???? Anyway, June or July I will be able to paint the porch and the ramp. Pictures will be posted.

If you are looking for that special amenity of a handicap accessible bed and breakfast in Jefferson, Texas, We may have what you are looking for. A beautiful and relaxing stay for all ages and life occurrences.

 

Jefferson, TX – City Wide Rummage Sale

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The Fall city wide rummage sale in Jefferson, Texas is coming up soon so mark your calendars for this spectacular event. The Flea market will be taking place this weekend also. Homeowners and businesses offer sales and bargains all weekend. So get ready to load up your cars, trucks or vans and SHOP TILL YOU DROP!!!!!!

Semi – Annual City Wide Rummage Sale

Always the first weekend in April and the first weekend in October!

rummage sale poster

Twice a year in the Spring and Fall the Marion County Chamber of Commerce sponsors the City Wide Rummage Sale. Homeowners all around town go through their closets and storerooms bringing out treasures to sell; you might not find anywhere else, there are also booths set up downtown to hunt through. You can pick up a map of all the places that have wares for sale from the Chamber.

Maps will be available on Thursday afternoon.

New things coming to the Carriage House

Wow!!! Gosh!!! We have been so busy here at the Carriage House. All things are new and good. As I said, been so busy but a busy good. We have met so many great people in the short time we have been here. So blessed to have been given this opportunity to do what I love and what I  have always loved to do. They say people, time and experiences tend to come and go. How so true that is .The great thing about this place is that I have been blessed with people (guests/friends) that come and go and come back again and again. Yippee for me. I want to believe Yippee for them too..

The Carriage house is moving so fast right now. We have had a Halloween Celebration, 3-4 Thanksgiving celebrations, Christmas with the Tour of Homes, Mardi Gras and Valentines. All of this within 4 months of buying the Carriage House, Jefferson. I have enjoyed every moment, every person, every four-legged friend…..every ounce of sleep I have to force myself to get. I must be crazy you say. Yes, I am. Crazy in love with my occupation and the chance to live my dream. Enough of me. Thank you all that make this a reality.

We are making changes. Things are moving slower than we thought, who would have known we would have been accepted so well by our guests. They say Rome wasn’t built in a day and creation took 7 days. PATIENCE, I tell myself.

We are working so hard to bring the ultimate weekday/weekend experience to our guests. New and repeating guests.

We have just acquired our food permit. We can do so much with this still keeping with the intimacy of the small bed and breakfast aspect. We are working on our amenities packages and pricing and a build your own package that will suit everyone. Please have patience with us until we get the whole website thing together.

With our newly acquired food permit, we plan to start serving lunches and early evening fares to our guests to be served in the dining areas which include the wrap around porch and other potential areas. Room service menus will be posted in each room for selected hours also.

On Friday and Saturday nights, we want to offer all of our guests an option to order a 4 course dinner when they make their reservation.

So keep watching us to see when all of this will be available. If you build it, they will come.

So from the Carriage House, I say good night.

We’ll see you soon!!!!!!

Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration

First Mardi Gras community celebration.

Next month all around the country, Americans will be celebration Mardi Gras. Along with New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Jefferson, Texas also has a cultural link to the Mardi Gras Celebration.

From 1845 to the late 1870s, Jefferson was a steamboat trading partner with the city of New Orleans. New Orleans’ steamboats traveled North on the Mississippi and veered off onto the Red River traveled across to Caddo Lake and then up Big Cypress Bayou to the Port of Jefferson. The New Orleans influence is still recognizable in the architecture and heritage of Jefferson.

Jefferson’s first Mardi Gras celebration was held in 1871. By 1876, Mardi Gras In Jefferson, Texas had grown into a city wide celebration that still carries on the tradition of the Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration where revelers dress in purple, green and gold, dance in the parades, eat cultural foods, and catch beads off of the many floats and balconies that line the streets.

We here in Jefferson, Texas hope to see you at the celebration. Put on your green, gold and purple and come and join in Jefferson’s Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration. The celebration will consist of three parades, carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music along with fun, frivolity and zany events during this three day celebration. Friday evening begins with a Doo Dah Parade. Saturday features a Grand Parade with colorful floats, marching bands and more. Sunday allows the kiddos to get in on the action with a Children’s parade.

The bed and breakfasts are all decorated with the spirit of the celebration. The local restaurants will have specials and music playing everywhere. Plenty for all to do.

Until then, Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday”lie in the Christian calendar as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Some see Mardi Gras as a late-winter celebration welcoming the coming of Spring. February 6th, 7th & 8th join in the celebration.

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