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Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas May 26-30 2011

May 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
MAY 26-30, 2011 – Memorial Day Weekend

 

* “FLY-IN”
Saturday, May 28 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Location: Cypress River Airport, Hwy 134 East
FREE ADMISSION
Plane rides available
Information: (903) 665-7311
www.jeffersonflyin.com

* MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE
Monday, May 30 @ 10:00 a.m.
Location: Oakwood Cemetery, North Alley St.
Speaker: John Allen
Bring a lawn chair
Information: (903) 665-2701

* “ENOCH’S SOUTH AFRICAN BARN STOMP & PIG ROAST”
Monday, May 30 @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Location: Enoch’s Stomp, 871 Ferguson Rd (CR-4312) Harleton, TX
* * Enoch’s South African Barn Stomp, Pig Roast, live music featuring “Dag Nabbit”
Menu: Spit Vark: South African style – slow roasted whole pig, Afrikaner Sausage,
Pap en Sous – South African style Frits with vegetable topping
Rooster Koeke: Bread rolls cooked over fire
Mixed green salad
Koekstruif and via: Trifle with custard for dessert
Tickets & information: Maria (903) 240-1587 or www.enochsstomp.com

* AUNTIE SKINNER’S RIVERBOAT CLUB & RESTAURANT
Thursday, May 26: “Dennis Hogan” (Country) @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday, May 27: Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 28: “Doctor Doctor” (Classic Rock N’Roll) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

* KARAOKE
Saturday, May 28 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

* BINGO!
Location: Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in May @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments
(903) 472-8416

* TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays-Saturdays @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed
(Weather permitting)
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

* LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, May 27-29
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations or “just stop by”

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Friday & Saturday, May 27-28 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location: Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

* JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
Friday-Sunday
Additional rental by appointment
(903) 926-5167

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Saturday, May 28 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)
8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories
9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
www.JeffersonRailway.com

* LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

* CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
Friday & Saturday, May 27-28 @ 3:00 p.m.
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com
Call for reservations

* HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

* SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, May 21 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938; (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

* THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
Saturday, May 21 @ 2:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR
211 W. Austin
Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com
Call to confirm tour times

* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

* H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open: Sunday-Friday (Closed: Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

* THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m, 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior reservation
Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

* CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

* CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

* JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
(903) 665-8911
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

Summer Savings at the Carriage House B&B

May 19th, 2011 by carriagehouse

 

 

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Weekend Entertainment for Jefferson Texas, May 12th – 15th

May 12th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Jefferson General Store

Jefferson General Store

 JEFFERSON, TEXAS
WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT
MAY 12-15, 2011

*Auntie Skinners

Thursday,  May 12:  “Terry Dorgan”  (Country Ballads)  @ 6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Friday,  May 13:  Karaoke @ 8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 14:  “The Voodudes”  (Classic Rock N’Roll) @ 9:00 p.m.-1:00 a.m.
(903) 665-7121

* KARAOKE
Saturday, May 14 @ 8:00 p.m.-12:00 midnight
Location: The Sandwich Shop, 123 W. Austin
(903) 601-2211

*BINGO!
Location:  Pine Hill Nursing & Rehabilitation, 1307 MLK
Each Monday in May @ 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Prizes & refreshments
(903) 472-8416

* TURNING BASIN RIVERBOAT TOURS
200 Bayou St.
Saturdays @ 10:00 a.m., 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays-Saturdays @ 12:00 noon & 2:00 p.m.
Sunday & Monday: Closed
(Weather permitting)
(903) 665-2222
www.jeffersonbayoutours.com

* LONE STAR CARRIAGE COMPANY OF JEFFERSON
Historical tours of Jefferson by horse & carriage and Mule Drawn Wagon
Specializing in weddings
Friday-Sunday, May 13-15
(Weather permitting)
Groups and special events available by appointment
Departs from corner of Austin & Market (across from the Jefferson Historical Museum)
(903) 926-8216
www.jeffersontexascarriage.com
Call for reservations or “just stop by”

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON GHOSTWALK
Friday & Saturday, May 13-14 @ 8:00 p.m.
Departure location: Corner of Austin &Vale St.
(903) 665-6289
www.jeffersonghostwalk.com

* JEFFERSON PEDAL POWER
122 E. Austin
Bicycles, Trikes, Tandems, Surreys & more
Friday-Sunday
Additional rental by appointment
(903) 926-5167

* HISTORIC JEFFERSON RAILWAY
Friday, May 13 @ 8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
Saturday, May 14 @ 2:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. (Day Excursions)
8:00 p.m. – Free Ghost Stories & 9:00 p.m. – Ghost Train
(903) 665-6400 or (866) 398-2038
www.JeffersonRailway.com

* LAFAYETTE STREET VINTAGE VEHICLES CAR MUSEUM
112 W. Lafayette
Fridays & Saturdays @ 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m.
(903) 240-6180
Call for additional tours

* CULBERSON HOUSE HISTORIC HOME TOUR
403 N. Walnut
Friday- Sunday, May 13-14 @ 3:00 p.m.
(903) 665-7888
www.culbersonhousebandb.com

* HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
409 S. Alley
Daily @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8000
Reservations required
www.houseoftheseasons.com

* SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR
401 Soda St.
Saturday, May 14 @ 1:00 p.m.
(903) 665-3938; (903) 665-8518 or (214) 725-6232
Call for reservations & additional tour dates and times

* THE GROVE HAUNTED HISTORIC HOME TOUR
405 Moseley
NO TOURS: May 14 & 15
Tours resume: Saturday, May 21 @ 2:00 p.m. & Sunday, May 22 @ 11:00 a.m.
(903) 665-8018
www.thegrove-jefferson.com
Call to confirm tour

* EXCELSIOR HOUSE HOTEL & JAY GOULD RAILCAR TOUR
211 W. Austin
Tours: Monday-Friday @ 2:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday @ 1:00 p.m. & 2:00 p.m.
(903) 665-2513
Call to confirm tour times
www.theexcelsiorhouse.com

* JEFFERSON HISTORICAL MUSEUM
223 W. Austin
Open daily: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(903) 665-2775
www.jeffersonmuseum.com

* H & D EXOTIC DEER FARM AND OTHER EXOTIC ANIMALS
359 P.R. 5730 & Hwy 729
Open: Sunday-Friday (Closed: Saturday)
(903) 665-2238
Reservations required

* THE GRACEFUL GHOST PADDLEWHEEL STEAMBOAT ON CADDO LAKE
Tuesday-Friday @ 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m, 12:00 noon, 2:00 p.m., 4:00 p.m.
Pontoon Boat tours at any time with prior reservation
Location: Shady Glade Marina, 510 Cypress Drive, Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-2238
www.gracefulghost.com
Call for reservations & additional tours

* BILLY CARTER’S GO-DEVIL TOURS ON CADDO LAKE
Location: Johnson’s Ranch in Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3213
Call for reservations
www.caddoguideservice.com

* CADDO OUTBACK BACKWATER TOURS
Personalized Tours of Caddo Lake
Uncertain, TX
(903) 789-3384 or (903) 679-9138
Call for reservations
www.caddooutback.com

* CADDO LAKE PADDLEWHEEL TOURS “THE SWAMP THING”
Uncertain, TX
(888) 325-5459 or (903) 789-2101
OPEN: Tuesday-Saturday
Closed: Sunday & Monday
Call for reservations

* JEFFERSON CARNEGIE LIBRARY
301 W. Lafayette
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday @ 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday @ 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Closed: Sunday
(903) 665-8911
www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Free internet access

The Virigina Reel and Something Called the Patty-Cake Polka

May 9th, 2011 by carriagehouse

This past weekend was our 64th Annual Pilgrimage and the re-enactment of the Battle of Port Jefferson.  Everyone was in their Civil War dress and there were battles and skirmishes all over town.  Four of our beautiful historic homes were open for tour and several of our gardens were available for twilight strolls.  We had a quilt show, heirloom plant sale, and art show.  It was a grand weekend.  The men were handsome and chivalrous and the ladies were once again…ladies.

I had the very best time Saturday night with my girlfriend, Vicki.  Since both of our husbands were in the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial Play (Tom was on the jury and Joe is the judge), we decided to have a girls night out and go to the Southern Heritage Grande Ball which is part of the re-enactment event.  I cannot remember the last time I had so much fun or laughed harder. Vicki and I danced all night long.  We learned how to do the Virginia Reel, the Patty-Cake Polka and something called the Gay Gordons dance.

Vicki and I felt like we had been transported to a different time. We were both in our period dresses.  I was in my sea foam bustled day suit and Vicki was wearing a gorgeous blue hooped gown.  The men were all in their uniforms complete with white gloves. They would escort their dance partners to the dance floor by a gentle hand and then back to their seats where they bowed to them and then thanked them for the dance.

I could just kick myself that I did not get any pictures of us that night dancing.  After we get our dresses back from the cleaner, we will have to get all gussied up for a photo opp.  It won’t be the same as catching Vicki kicking up here heels doing the Virginia Reel but it will have to do.

National Train Day at the Historic Jefferson Railway

April 29th, 2011 by carriagehouse

 

 

Celebrate National Train Day aboard the Historic Jefferson Railway

 

On May 7, 2011, the 4th Annual National Train Day will be a coast-to-coast celebration. Don’t miss out on your chance to ride an authentic steam train at the Historic Jefferson Railway. In celebration of Mother’s Day, mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

Amtrak will supply Jr. Conductor hats and attendees can register for a free round-trip aboard an Amtrak train.

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with day trains each Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30 through Labor Day weekend. Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chuggin, Old Engine #7 will take you on a scenic trip along the Big Cypress Bayou. As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the feature horror movie, “Boggy Creek”, filmed in Jefferson and Uncertain. The movie is loosely based on the old Big Foot or Sasquatch legends, says Brian T. Jaynes, director and producer.

The Winter schedule will run until school is out in June. Saturday evening features the infamous Ghost Train at 9:00 which carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou, sharing tales that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway is very proud to have been nominated as one of the Best Excursion Railroad Theme Trains for its Ghost Train by the readers of Cowcatcher magazine for the First Annual 2009 Gold Rail Awards.

Start the evening with free Jefferson Ghost Stories at the historic “haunted” train depot. Our story-teller will keep you at the edge of your seat as we tell stories about famous and not-so-famous Ghosts of Jefferson and Northeast Texas each Saturday evening at 8:00.

The Railway has become a part of the thriving community of Jefferson sponsoring major events throughout the year that bring over 20,000 visitors to Jefferson. Patrons look forward all year to the Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train and Diamond Don’s National Vintage Motocross.

The train was built in 1964 for Six Guns Territory in Florida and moved to Jefferson in 1986. It is a Crown Metals reproduction of the 1870’s American class 4-4-0 steam locomotive christened the Robert E. Lee and known as Engine #7. The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

May 6 and 7, 2011
Adults $12, plus sales tax. Children under 6 FREE
Active Military & Seniors receive 10% discount
Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children

Friday
Depot opens at 9:00 am
9:30, 11:30, 1:30
Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00 pm
Ghost Train at 9:00 pm

Saturday
Depot opens at 10:00 am
Train departs at 12:30, 2:30 & 5:30
Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00 pm
Ghost Train at 9:00 pm

A Better Way to Stay With Your Pets

April 20th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Dixie and Alien  

A few weeks ago, Tom and I broke away for a few days and went up to Hot Springs, AR.  Hot Springs is one of my favorite places to visit and it is just a quick 2.5 hour drive away from here.  How can you not love a place that calls itself Spa City?  And yes, I do take one of their famous baths every time I go there.

Like so many people, I love to travel with my two dogs (Dixie and her sidekick, The Bug).  Our first Golden Retriever, Samantha, hated riding in the car.  Dixie tolerates it and The Bug hangs out the window giddy with excitement the whole time (she can tolerate speeds up to 40 mph).  In fact, The Bug goes everywhere with me.  She loves a trip to Walmart.  She thinks hanging out in the Lowes parking lot is a blast and I will save the incident at the bank yesterday for another day.  Hint: they were out of dog biscuits.

No matter where we stay, I try and learn something new about this crazy profession of  innkeeping.  There are lessons to be learned at every type of lodging establishment.  Just because I run a B&B, doesn’t mean that hotels don’t have a few hints and tricks to show me. 

This trip, we stayed at a famous hotel in downtown Hot Springs that claimed to be pet friendly.  I say they claimed to be pet friendly because they were not that pet “friendly”.  What I learned is that  just because you accept your guest’s pets doesn’t mean you are pet friendly. 

When we checked in, we received a list of dog rules that we had to sign and agree to for our visit.  Some made sense such as you have to pick up after your pet.  We have this very same rule here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast and try and help our guests by providing complimentary waste bags.  I left Dixie’s and The Bug’s poop bags at home by mistake. It was like pulling teeth at the hotel to get them to let me have some trash bags to use. We ended up at a pet store and buying some to use during our stay.

Others seemed a little strict like you can not leave your pet  in their room unattended for any amount of time.  I understand this rule.  We struggle with this at our B&B but feel our guests know their dogs better then we do.  Our guests know what there dogs can endure and would not let their dogs or another guest get uncomfortable.  In our case, we brought Dixie’s nest and The Bugs crate so that they had their beds with them in the room.  We wanted the girls to be comfortable and feel secure in this strange place.  This rule made it very hard for us to enjoy our vacation.  How do we go out to dinner if we can not leave the girls alone in our hotel room?

In case you are not aware, our innkeeping trade organization, the Professional Association of Innkeepers or PAII (pronounced pie -how can you not love a group whose name is a dessert) has been running a marketing campaign this year called A Better Way to Stay.  This campaign’s focus is to show the traveling public that there are places better than a hotel.  That a Bed & Breakfast or Inn is often times the Better Way to Stay.  One of the things that makes the Carriage House B&B a Better Way to Stay is that we don’t just accept pets.  We are pet friendly.

Here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast, we want ALL of our guests to feel welcome.  We have room packages that are designed to help our two legged guests unwind and get romantic such as the Naughty and Nice package and the Love and Devotion package.  These two people packages help our two legged guests enhance their Carriage House B&B experience and make their visit at our Bed & Breakfast a Better Way to  Stay.  We also have a Pampered Pooch package to help our cold wet nose and four legged friends feel comfortable and have a Better Way to Stay.  You love a massage.  They love a massage.  You love a day at the spa.  They love a day at the spa.  You unwind and decompress.  They unwind and decompress.  Like I said, it is a Better Way to  Stay.

By the way, we did have a blast in Hot Springs!  Dixie, The Bug, and I went hiking back in the National Park every day we were there.  It was awesome.  I have no idea how many miles we went each day but the girls were no problem in the evening.  They were exhausted!  Dixie, the Golden Retriever, is a bit like an over loaded 18 wheeler.  She would have to kick it in low gear to get up the mountains but went into free fall on the way down.  The Bug is more like a sports car.  She only had one speed…90 mph.

Do You Have a Pain in the Gas?

April 18th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Do you have a pain in the gas?  I do!

This morning on the news, one of the TV reporters for the morning show stated that gas had topped $4 a gallon now in 6 different states.  With gas prices so high, we thought we would do our part to help.

So how about this for a swift kick in the gas.  Our 2nd Quarter promotion is all about helping you pay for the gas out here to the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.  Here is the deal.  The Carriage House B&B is offering a $25 gas card for a group of four adults traveling in one car and staying a minimum of two weekday nights in two rooms.

Because the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast is so close to all the downtown shops and attractions, you will be able to reduce your carbon footprint even further by being able to walk wherever you want to go. It doesn’t get any better than that!

Enjoy your “Kick in the Gas”

The Roar of the Bike

April 16th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Dirt Bikers 

Platt…Platt…Platt…Vroom!

The dirt bikers, full of adrenaline and energy, race in competitive heats around a dusty cross country course through an East Texas piney forest.  Their goal is to not fall and leave with a healthy bike and body.  And, oh yeah, finish first.   It is the 9th Annual Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross race.  This family fun event brings Motocross racers into Jefferson from all over the country.  It is high energy and a ton of fun.

If you are in the area, you should definitely stop by the track and see this event.  The racers take risks that will leave your knees shaking.  The course is designed with a lot of moguls so that the racers can take air often and is twisty and snaky so that they can push their bikes as hard as they can.  This is an athletic and extreme sport.

I will post more pics of the  event on the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast Facebook page tomorrow (or Monday).  Check us out!

The Battle of Port Jefferson

April 12th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Civil War Skirmish

Today is the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

East Texans were a 1000 miles away from the first canon fire at Ft Sumter, and at that exact moment, they were all  more concerned with their cotton farms and timber trade.  Here in Jefferson, we were a bustling and busy riverport full of the promise of a bright and profitable future.  As our high school teachers taught us all, the Act of the Northern Aggression (as it is referred to this side of the Mason Dixon Line) was a war that forever changed the South.   The War Between States didn’t quite make it here to East Texas and to Jefferson.  It ended in a bloody battle in Mansfield Louisiana but the repercussions are still felt here today.   In fact for those of us that live in the South, the spectre and the remnants of the Civil War are all around us with grave markers still adorned with flowers and old confederate powder magazines along busy boat tour routes .  It often feels like a not so distant memory…almost as if it is something that we discuss when friends gather around.  In fact, we Southerners feel compelled to re-enact it year after year after year (almost as if we are expecting the outcome to change).  Here in Jefferson, we host the Battle of Port Jefferson the first weekend of May each year.

In Jefferson, we try and imagine that it is 1864 all over again.  What would have happened had the war not stopped downstream from us?  What would have happened at the Battle of Port Jefferson?  We know that the Union Army wanted to take what it considered a very strategic port, the Port of Jefferson.  What would that battle have looked like and what would  have happened to Jefferson?

If you are looking for something to do May 6th through the 8th, then come on down.  The largest Civil War re-enactment in Texas will be right here that weekend.

I have to tell the story of last year, because as you know it is never a dull moment here at the Carriage House Bed & Breakfast.  Tom and I were still serving breakfast when the Civil War broke out in front of our house…seriously, the Civil War.  I was pouring a cup of coffee when a canon was fired and a brigade of soldiers on horseback came clomping and racing up the street.  It startled me so badly that I almost dropped the carafe of coffee in one of  our gentleman’s lap.  Now you have to admit, you have never stayed at a B&B were breakfast was interrupted by the Civil War before, now have you.  So Tom and I did what any sensible innkeeper would do.  We told everyone to grab up their cups of coffee and head out to the porch where we watched the skirmish from the comfort of rocking chairs and  porch swings.  It was breakfast and a show.  This year, we are going to be smart about it and serve breakfast a little earlier, so everyone will have time to find a place to watch the battles and skirmishes.  You have to admit though, that makes a pretty good rookie innkeeper story.

More Fun Stuff to do the Weekend of April 15th.

April 6th, 2011 by carriagehouse

 Historic Jefferson Museum 

So if the Outlaw National’s Rod Run & Antique Car Show wasn’t enough to keep you busy the weekend of April 15th, then maybe you would like to spend an afternoon at the museum.   A collection of Claude McCrocklin original paintings will be presented for display at the Historic Jefferson Museum on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m.  The general public is invited and encouraged to attend.

Claude McCrocklin is a World War II Veteran and former Prisoner of War.  Mr McCrocklin retired in 1981 as a cattle buyer for Morrell & Company, a major meat packer, and in his retirement became a member of the Caddo Lake Historical Committee back when it was being formed and was still in its infancy.   Mr. McCrocklin is an avid avocational archaeologist and has received  recognition in Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas for his archaeological work.  He helped the Caddo Lake Historical Committee increase and stabilize its membership by presenting programs on archaeology and history.  Mr McCroclin also conducted archaeological investigations at over 500 sites throughout the Ark-La-Tex, and taught archealogy seminars.   Throughout the years, he has worked with the various tribal affiliations of the archaeological sites he was investigating including the Caddo and Alabama/CoushattaTribes.   Members of both tribes consider him a valued friend and have honored him in many ways.   Mr McCrocklin is a avid painter and his art depicts Caddo Indian life ranging from the Paleo period some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago to modern Caddo in portraits and ceremonial dances.

The Historic Jefferson Museum is located at 223 Austin Street.

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