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As Seen on on Channel 3 in Shreveport

December 3rd, 2012 by carriagehouse

A few weeks back, I was proud to have Bob Griffin, his beautiful wife Denise, and their dog Sport come and spend a few days with me here at the Carriage House.  For those of you not in the Shreveport TV air space, Bob is the weekend anchor on KTBS, Channel 3.  Before his tenure with Channel 3, he was with KSLA Channel 12 also in the Shreveport area.

Bob never stops working and his passion for what he does was evident during his stay here.  He is a “news man” at his very heart.

He put together a 3 minute video on the Carriage House and all the things he enjoyed about his stay.  He was most impressed with our pet friendly accommodations and the fact that you can walk to just about anywhere from right here at the Carriage House.

I hope you enjoy this video. Here ya go!!!  Enjoy!!

 

Kid and Family Friendly Activities

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

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..

Water Adventures in and around Jefferson Texas

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

“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

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

March 12th, 2012 by carriagehouse

   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

March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

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

March 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

 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

March 6th, 2012 by carriagehouse

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.

Black Swan Mardi Gras Party

February 9th, 2012 by carriagehouse

The Black Swan

210 West Austin Street

Jefferson, Texas 75657

Let’s Celebrate

MARDI GRAS !!!

OPEN FOR LUNCH & DINNER

SATURDAY

February 18, 2012

Gumbo

Jambalaya

Red Beans & Rice

Crawfish Pie

&

More !

Offering Wine, Beer

&

New Orleans’ Famous

Bloody Marys & Hurricanes

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler !!

visit our website for more info:

www.visittheblackswan.com

Jefferson Carnegie Library Author Night, February 16

February 6th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Jefferson Carnegie Library

Historic Homes & Ghosts

Richard Collins, author of The House of the Seasons and Cheryl MacLennan, author of Historic Homes of Jefferson will be speaking at the Jefferson Carnegie Library at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 16, 2012.  The public is invited to attend, free of charge.  Complimentary dessert and beverages will be offered.

Come meet the authors and learn more about these two books featuring local Jefferson historical landmarks.

Cheryl MacLennan is a Texas native and has been practicing photography for more than 25 years.  John Scheyd of Pelican Publishing says “Her enthusiasm for history, architecture and culture serves as inspiration for her work.  Historic Homes of Jefferson features the finest landmarks of Jefferson.  Through stunning photography, MacLennan captures the architectural details of more than 25 historic homes and buildings, built between the years of 1850 and 1880”.

The House of the Seasons is a children’s book based on historical facts, characters and GHOSTS taking place at House of the Seasons during the Civil War.  Collins is president of the House of the Seasons, a historically prominent manor located in Jefferson.  Illustrations for the novel were produced by Dan Kuenster, Emmy-award winning animator who worked on popular animation films.  Co-author, T.J. Kuenster, is the Musical Director of the Glen Campbell Band.  Ms. Shirley Reiman, General Manager of House of the Seasons, says “their input has really added to the creativeness of the novel.”

This event will take place in the upstairs ballroom at the Jefferson Carnegie Library.  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 Original Greek Revival architecture of the library 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.

Now All I need Are Some Bats for My New House

February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Bat House

One of the challenges you have when you live in the swamps and wetlands of East Texas are Mosquitoes.  We grow ‘em big here and when when they bite, you know it.  It is a shame too!  So many pretty nights our guests here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast have been ran back inside from the pests.

We have tried everything to combat them.  We have burned citronella candles.  We ran the little Off fans and finally we just started putting cans of bug spray around the property for the guests to use.  Nothing says a romantic evening, then the smell of DEET.

So last summer, I began a campaign to get a bat house.

We have 32 native species of bats here in Texas, and as we all know, they LOVE to eat mosquitoes.  In fact, the Little Brown Bat can eat between 500 and 1000 mosquitos an HOUR!!

So for Christmas, Santa brought me a bat house and today Santa put it up for me.  It is outside the Ruth Lester room in the Garden Courtyard.  We positioned it in a place where the bats would be happy roosting and our guests can watch them at dusk.

So, now all I need are some bats.

Mounted Bat House

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