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 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 or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Jefferson Carnegie Library 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 or call 903-926-8216. Horse drawn carriage service that specializes in weddings, romantic rides, and historic tours.

The Black Swan 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 or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion.

Music City Texas 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 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 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 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 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 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 Trails Canoe or kayak along prehistoric bayous and sloughs of the Big Cypress Bayou and Caddo Lake

Graceful Ghost Steamboat Tours on Caddo Lake 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 fishing, canoeing, swimming, picnicking, hiking and nature studies. Park is open 7 days a week.

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

Billy Carter’s Guide Service 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 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 or call 903-789-3233. Boat rentals and fishing guide on Caddo Lake.

Lake o’ the Pines State Park bird watching, fishing, hiking

Johnson’s Creek Marina 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.


Add on Packages to your Stay

Breakfast in Bed – Are you planning a romantic getaway or a lazy day away from home? Do you want to have breakfast in your PJs? We can bring your breakfast to your room so you can enjoy your meal in privacy. $10 per person

In-Room Massage – our relaxing vacation would not be complete without a massage. Enjoy a 60 minute Swedish massage in the privacy of your room. Massages are available in the Allen Urquhart room, Ladybird Cottage, and the Diamond Bessie room. Please give us two days notice to schedule your massage. $80 for one hour massage/ Can be split into two 30 minute massages for a couple.

Carriage Ride – Weather Permitting – Take a trip back in time with a horse drawn carriage tour of the Jefferson Historic Riverfront District. The carriage will pick you up here at the Carriage House B&B and give you a guided trip through the historic neighborhood. $60 for two people

Jefferson, TX Love and Devotion Romance Package

Honeymoons, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Valentine’s Day, Marriage Proposals… there is always a reason to celebrate your Love and Devotion. Let our Jefferson, TX lodging help you make your romantic getaway special with our Love and Devotion Package. This romantic package will have everything you need to sweep your special person off of their feet. The Carriage House offers Jefferson, TX lodging.

The Love and Devotion Romance Package includes all of the ingredients for a getaway that the two of you will never forget. When you arrive, there will be a custom flower arrangement awaiting you in your room. We will have a $75 Lamaches or Stillwater Inn gift certificate waiting for you at check-in. At a time designated by you, a romantic horse drawn carriage will await you at the gate ready to whisk you and your love off on a romantic ride of the historic riverfront district. The next morning, the two of you need not get out of your pajamas because we will bring your breakfast to you in your room. Lastly before you check-out, you will select two of our hand thrown signature coffee mugs to take with you as a reminder of your stay at our Jefferson, TX lodging establishment.

This all inclusive package is for a two night weekend stay.

Carriage Ride

Two Night Stay – $489

  • Two nights in any room in the house
  • Romantic horse drawn carriage ride
  • $75 gift certificate to Memories and More or The Stillwater Inn
  • Custom made flower arrangement
  • Breakfast in bed for two
  • Two signature coffee mugs

The Naughty and Nice Romance Package at our East Texas Lodging

In this hectic and crazy world, it is hard to connect with your special love. Finding time for one another is almost impossible with work schedules, soccer practices, and nonstop deadlines. However, for the sake of your relationship, you must take time to make time for each other.

The Naughty and Nice Romance Package is designed for you as a couple to reconnect. We will bring all of the elements of romance together in an unforgettable two day escape at our east Texas lodging that will bring back the butterflies and rekindle the magic you once had. From having a meat and cheese tray waiting for you in your room so you don’t have to go out at night, to a romantic and sexy board game to entertain each other, all of the elements of an unforgettable retreat await you in your room.

Enchanting Evening GameYour Naughty and Nice Romance Package includes:

  • Meat and Cheese Tray
  • Bottle of champagne or sparkling cider
  • Floral arrangement in the room (yours to keep)
  • Two one hour in-room massages
  • Breakfast in Bed both mornings
  • Two nights in either the Diamond Bessie room or the Jay Gould Room
  • Keepsake Signature Coffee Mugs (to remind of you of all of the fun)


The Naughty and Nice Romance Package is perfect for honeymooners, anniversaries, birthdays, Valentines, newly engaged couples, or anyone who needs to reconnect with their special love. With only one week’s notice, we will put everything in place for what will be a most romantic escape.

The all inclusive cost for a two night weekend stay is $599. Please call us at 903-665-9511 to book your romantic getaway today!

East Texas Bed and Breakfast Girl’s Getaway

Perfect room for Girlfriend's GetawayDo you need a break from husbands, boyfriends, kids, grand kids  soccer practice and work? Is it time to get away with your best girlfriend? Come on down to our East Texas bed and breakfast and escape from it all. The Girlfriend Getaway package is designed with you, your best friend, and relaxation in mind. Come spend a couple of days with us at the Carriage House and let us help you reconnect and decompress. The Carriage House is the only East Texas bed and breakfast located in downtown Jefferson.

The Girlfriend Getaway includes:

  • A Fancy Foot Massage Party in your room – Relax in your room with a fancy foot massage and paraffin dip with a peppermint rub
  • A chocolate gift basket (1 per room booked) – A snack for all of those long hours chatting
  • Breakfast in Bed – stay in your jammies and giggle and talk over breakfast
  • One keepsake coffee mug (per person) from the Carriage House – Something to remember your trip to our East Texas bed and breakfast.
  • Your choice of any available room at the Carriage House – Pick your favorite.

All Inclusive Pricing is per person (minimum 2 people)

2 Weekend Nights – $224.50 Per Person

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