Museums and Historic Homes in Jefferson Texas

Jefferson has played an important role in the early development of the state. Once a center of culture and refinement, of stern-wheelers, wagon trains, and ox-team freighters, Jefferson was once the pride of this great state and the entire people around which revolved graceful living, southern charm, prestige, and. productivity. The town’s bygone glories cannot be forgotten, and today Jefferson is a most eloquent reminder of an era long since vanished.

Civil War Powder Magazine www.VisitJeffersonTexas.com or call 903-665-3733. Join Jefferson’s Tourism Director, Jeff Campbell, for an out and back walk for an “Across the Bayou View” of the Jefferson Confederate Powder Magazine. The structure is the only surviving powder magazine in Texas. The walk is approximately 1/3 Mile in each direction. Reservations are required

Jefferson Historical Society and Museum www.jeffersonmuseum.com or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Jefferson Carnegie Library www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com or call 903-665-8911. An original Carnegie Library built in 1907.

Lafayette Street Vintage Vehicle Museum call 903-2406180. Private collection of vintage vehicles.

Gone with the Wind Museum www.scarlettohardy.com or call 903-665-1939. A 1,700 square foot museum, dedicated to Gone With the Wind, features one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South.

Singleton Virginia Cross Home Tour www.virginiacross.com or call 903-665-3938. Historic antebellum home furnished in antiques of the period. Guided tour of home at 1.00 PM on Saturdays.

Excelsior House www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. The Excelsior House is the second oldest continuously running hotel in the state of Texas. The Excelsior House is open for tours weekdays at 2pm and at 1pm and 2pm on weekends.

Ruth Lester Playhouse www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. Built in 1860 and having been everything from a convent to a Jewish Synagogue, the Ruth Lester playhouse has been lovingly restored and is full of period antiques.

Jay Gould’s Rail car Atalanta www.theexcelsiorhouse.com or call 903-665-2513. The “Atalanta” has luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler’s pantry and bathroom. Open daily 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Museum of Measurement and Time www.museumofmeasurementandtime.org or call 903-665-6668. Private collection of Johnny and Edith Ingram of maps, clock, surveying equipment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Kid and Family Friendly Activities

There is plenty to do for the whole family. Jefferson, Texas can be a great place to bring the whole family for a getaway. With mule-drawn wagons and a trip to a deer farm, your kiddos will be talking about their trip to Jefferson for months.

Mule Drawn Wagon Tours www.jeffersontexascarriage.com or call 903-926-8216. Mule-drawn covered wagon takes you on a tour of Jefferson. Tours are Thursday through Saturday.

H&D Exotic Deer Farms www.hddeerfarmtours.homestead.com or call 903-665-9625. Take your family on a tour and see wild and exotic animals and birds from around the world.

Karma Farms www.karmafarms.com or call 903-935-9980. Rent a horse and go on a trail ride through the beautiful Piney Woods of East Texas. Karma Farms is one of the nation’s leading breeders of Colonial Spanish Horses.

Jefferson Pedal Power call 903-926-5167. Rent a Surrey, a Tandem Bike, a Schwinn Trike, or a Recumbant Bike and see the beautiful Historic Riverfront District of Jefferson from the comfort and fun of a bike.

Captain Ron’s Gator Park and Petting Zoo visit Captain Ron’s on Facebook or call 903-789-2100. Stand on the feeding deck and watch the gators get fed or enjoy petting and getting to know some exotic animals from all over the world. Alligator feedings are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

City Drug Store call 903-665-2521. Old fashioned soda fountain, ice cream and candy store. The City Drug Store has been in continuous operation since 1953.

Jefferson General Store www.jeffersongeneralstore.com or call 903-665-8481. The Jefferson General Store is a must stop while visiting Jefferson. This store is full of old-fashioned candies and toys. Enjoy an ice cream or a 5cent coffee while visiting.

Historic Jefferson Railway www.jeffersonrailway.com or call 903-665-6400. Enjoy a five mile run down the Big Cypress Bayou on an old fashioned narrow guage steam train..

Romantic things to do in Jefferson, Texas

A slice of the old antebellum south, Jefferson is home to beautiful historic homes, southern belles and descendants of riverboat captains. Many couples make their way to Jefferson for the romance that this beautiful offers. Whether it is for a marriage proposal, wedding, honeymoon or a romantic getaway, Jefferson has plenty of romance for everyone.

The Lone Star Carriage Company www.jeffersontexascarriage.com or call 903-926-8216. Horse drawn carriage service that specializes in weddings, romantic rides, and historic tours.

The Black Swan www.visittheblackswan.com. Enjoy a truly unique and romantic private riverboat dinner for two. The meal will be a chef prepared six course meal with each course served with appropriate wine. This romantic meal is by reservation only

Stillwater Inn www.stillwaterinn.com or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

Music City Texas www.musiccitytexas.org or call 903.756.9934. Go on a romantic date to East Texas’s premier theatre. Check out their website for the event schedule.

Carriage House Bed and Breakfast www.carriagehousejefferson.com or call 903-665-9511. The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast has many different options to make your romatic get away special.

L.J. Carriage Services call 903-490-0461. Available for carriage rides and special events

Massage Therapy of Jefferson call 903-665-9388 to book an in-room massage

Haunted Tours and Paranormal Adventures in Jefferson Texas

We enjoy our share of friendly spirits who still roam the streets of Jefferson and reside in our homes and businesses. Much to the delight, and sometimes surprise, to our visitors who welcome them.

Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk www.jeffersonghostwalk.com or call 903-665-6289. A night time journey to discover Jefferson’s Historic Haunts. The hour and a half tour leaves at 8pm.

Ghost Train www.jeffersonrailway.com or call 903-665-6400. The ghost train departs at 9pm from the haunted depot and takes you deep through the dark woods along the bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones.

The Grove www.thegrove-jefferson.com or call 903-665-8018. Tour one of the most haunted homes in Texas. Strange activities and hauntings have been reported for over 100 years.

Dinner and a Ghost Call 214-628-6043. So Come Join Us ~ in a building that is registered among Paranormal Investigators as the 8th most Haunted in Texas for an Evening of Ghosts and a Dinner! Don’t forget to bring your camera and an appetite!

Water Adventures in and around Jefferson Texas

“Historic Riverport, to the Southwest”, “Baghdad on the Bayou”, “Queen of the Cypress”; all the aforementioned names aptly fit this small, yet magical place. Nestled between two lakes – Caddo Lake to the East and Lake O’the Pines to the West, Big Cypress Bayou runs lazily through the city and is the main focal point of Jefferson’s colorful and storied past. Although Jefferson is no longer a port city, there is still plenty to do on the water city, there is still plenty to do on the water

Turning Basin Bayou Tours www.jeffersonbayoutours.com or call 903-665-2222. Hour long tours of the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson run Tuesday through Saturday 12pm and 2pm.

Kayak and Paddling Trailshttp://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails/inland/ Canoe or kayak along prehistoric bayous and sloughs of the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake

Graceful Ghost Steamboat Tours on Caddo Lake www.gracefulghost.com or call 1-877-894-4678. Steamboat tours of Caddo Lake are Tuesday through Saturday 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm

Captain Ron’s Gator Park and Petting Zoo visit Captain Ron’s on Facebook or call 903-789-2100. Stand on the feeding deck and watch the alligators get fed or enjoy petting and getting to know some exotic animals from all over the world. Gator feedings are at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, and 4pm.

Caddo Lake State Park www.tpwd.state.tx.us/spdest/findadest/parks/caddo_lake/ fishing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature studies. Park is open 7 days a week.

Johnson’s Ranch http://www.johnsonsranch.net/ or call 903-789-3213. Full service marina (and oldest inland marina in Texas) on Caddo Lake.

Billy Carter’s Guide Service www.caddoguideservice.com or call 903-789-3213. Billy Carter is one of Caddo Lake’s most experienced guide. Duck Hunting, Fishing, Sightseeing, Birding on Caddo Lake. Reservations are required.

Caddo Lake Outback Tours and Guide Service www.caddolaketours.com or call 903-789-3384. Go-Devil boat tours specilizing in nature tours, scenic tours and photo tours getting into parts of the lake and swamp that other larger boats can’t reach. Reservations are required.

Crip’s Camp www.cripscamp.com or call 903-789-3233. Boat rentals and fishing guide on Caddo Lake.

Lake o’ the Pines State Park www.tpwd.state.tx.us/fishboat/fish/recreational/lakes/lop/ bird watching, fishing, hiking

Johnson’s Creek Marina www.johnsoncreekmarina.com or call 903-755-2530. Lake o’ the Pines is a fisherman’s paradise! Fishing Guide, Fishing Reports, Boat Rentals on Lake o’ the Pines

Mid-week Lodging Special

Sunday through Thursday nights! Book three consecutive nights at the regular weekday price and get your third night stay for free. Gourmet breakfast included each morning.

Valid through September, 2015.

 

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration at the Jefferson Carnegie Library

   St. Patrick's Day

COME ONE, COME ALL, FOR A GREAT TIME, SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 2012, 6:00-10:00 PM TO CELEBRATE ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

AS ONLY JEFFERSON CAN DO, AN OLD FASHIONED IRISH SING ALONG, AUTHENTIC IRISH MUSIC, IRISH BUFFET, AND GREEN BEER! LIVE MUSIC THROUGHOUT THE EVENING WITH A SILENT AUCTION, THE CARNEGIE LIBRARY BALLROOM.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

5:45-6:30 – IRISH MUSIC FOR GATHERING FEATURING
TOM MOSS AND JOHN NANCE

6:30-7:00 – AUTHENTIC IRISH MUSIC FEATURING
TOM MOSS AND JOHN NANCE

7:00-7:30 – TRADITIONAL IRISH SING-ALONG

7:30-8:30 – IRISH BUFFET, DINNER MUSIC BY DAN SMELSER

8:30 – CLOSE SILENT AUCTION

8:30-10 – MUSIC FOR DANCING & RELAXING BY DAN SMELSER

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND FOR A FUN FILLED EVENING. THIS IS ALL FOR A CHARGE OF $25.OO PER PERSON. YOU MAY ALSO BRING YOUR OWN REFRESHMENT OF YOUR CHOICE.

 

St. Patrick’s Day at the KnightLight Theater in Jefferson,Texas

St. Patrick’s “A Celtic Celebration Tasting Event

Leprechaun

Come on down to the KnightLight Theater and enjoy some Irish Mead from both the Enchanted Manor Winery and Red Road Vineyard & Winery.  Not sure what Mead is?  Mead is an old Irish Traditional Wine and is one of the wines and it is being offered to taste only at the Knight Light Theater on St Patrick’s Day.

Tickets  for the St. Patrick Day Party are $5.00 and can be purchased from 1PM to 7PM.

While you are enjoying your Irish Mead, sit back and enjoy the original comedy skit featuring “Lucky the Leprechaun” from 7pm to 8pm.  Later, dance the night away with live  music from Borderline.

Don’t forget to put on your green for the costume contest!

$15.00 at the door for first available seating or show your wristband from earlier that day for $10.00.

Concession bar is open with desserts and food available.

Contact: 903-665-8546 or 903-445-3966 to reserve tickets.

Email: richard@knightlighttheater.com

The ART Event at The Bakery in Jefferson, Texas

 THE ART EVENT

The ART Event At The Bakery Restaurant, 201West AustinJefferson, TX903-665-2253

We will be painting a Caddo scene. Stop by the Bakery to see an example of “Ron’s Caddo”!!

A team of art instructors will guide you using a “patent pending” teaching method which streamlines classical and traditional techniques allowing novice painters to have a good time and be amazed at what they can accomplish in just a few hours.

All supplies furnished.

Chicken and Sausage Gumbo will be served.

Bring your own wine or drink of choice (tea provided)

Fee:  $45

Must preregister/prepay by March 22.
Some walk-ins will be accepted, but this will be limited.
Arrive at 5:30 pm–get your apron and have some gumbo. Painting begins at 6pm.

Irish Eyes are Smiling at the Carnegie Library

Green Beer
Irish Eyes are Shining

‘Tis no blarney. The Friends of the Library are putting on a great show to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.   Join us for a fun-filled evening on March 17, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. for authentic Irish music and an old-fashioned sing-along. Irish music will be performed by Don Clampitt, Tom Moss, Johnny Nance, Don Oatman and Don Smelser. Bring your friends for a night of fun including an Irish Buffet and Green Beer provided by Historic Jefferson Railway.

You’ll enjoy the warm Irish hospitality, fun and laughter at the best Irish bash in town. The party will take place at the Jefferson Carnegie Library Ballroom, 301 W. Lafayette, Jefferson, Texas. Tickets are $25 per person and seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended. Reserve your own table for 8-10. BYOB. Tickets are available at the library.

With a little bit o’ Irish luck, you could be the big winner in the door prize drawing. Bring along some Irish Green to participate in the silent auction, benefiting the Friends of the Library. There will be plenty of time for conversation and dancing to the music of Dan Smelser.

Many Americans first entered the worlds of information and imagination offered by reading when they walked through the front doors of a Carnegie library. One of 19th-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s many philanthropies, these libraries entertained and educated millions. Between 1886 and 1919, Carnegie’s donations of more than $40 million paid for 1,679 new library buildings in communities large and small across America. Jefferson’s library, built in 1907, is one of only five Carnegie Libraries serving its original function in Texas today.

The Library ballroom is a great place to dance in the New Year. The Original Greek Revival architecture was awarded a Texas Historical Commission plaque and a National Trust Register of Historical Places plaque.

Operating as a non-profit organization, the library board is committed to the preservation, maintenance and full usage of this historic landmark. The library depends on donations and the fund raising efforts of the Friends of the Jefferson Carnegie Library. All proceeds from the party will be used to support the library and to preserve a part of history.

Corned beef, soda bread, Irish stew and GREEN BEER. Buy your tickets now and catch the Irish spirit.

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