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Black Swan Mardi Gras Party

February 9th, 2012 by carriagehouse

The Black Swan

210 West Austin Street

Jefferson, Texas 75657

Let’s Celebrate




February 18, 2012



Red Beans & Rice

Crawfish Pie


More !

Offering Wine, Beer


New Orleans’ Famous

Bloody Marys & Hurricanes

Laissez les Bon Temps Rouler !!

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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

Breakfast Photos Before and After The Bug

February 4th, 2012 by carriagehouse












Like everyone else, we have a project list about a mile long.

One of our many projects is to get some awesome breakfast photos for our website.  So I commissioned my favorite photographer, Tom, and we had a photo shoot this morning right after breakfast.  The Pasta Frittata was colorful and really did photograph well!  As is not unusual for us, we were  quickly distracted by cleaning and giving directions to the guests.  When we walked back into the kitchen we had a surprise.  The plate had been licked clean and The Bug was looking very guilty!!

Port of Jefferson Riverfront Restoration Project Has Begun!!

January 20th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Port of Jefferson Boat RampTrees








I was so excited to hear the news this week that the highly anticipated Port of Jefferson Riverfront Project had begun this week.  The heavy equipment was delivered on Wednesday and work began in earnest on Thursday.  Woo Hoo!

This project has been in the works for decades and is something that we have needed for generations.  The Big Cypress Bayou area has been altered and degraded from hundreds of year’s of boats and man’s influence. Many of the native species of plants  have died out and native animals no longer come to the shores of the water or are even in this area.  This project will return this wetland back to it’s original state and re-introduce many of the trees, plants, animals, and fish that once populated this unique swampy area of Texas.  The Army Corps of Engineer’s estimate the entire project to take anywhere from 18 months to 2 year to complete.

For more information about this project, please visit the project website at

Please enjoy this video of the first day’s work.  The first work effort of the project is to move the current boat ramp (located at the Polk St bridge) down Austin Street right next to the Historic Jefferson Railway depot.

I hope you enjoy this update!  I will be making more as the project moves forward and milestones are achieved.

Mardi Gras – Jefferson Style

January 11th, 2012 by carriagehouse

It is hard to believe but Mardi Gras is only but a few weeks away and Jefferson is already getting it’s green, gold, and purple on.  Even the Carriage House is decorated in it’s holiday finery!

Jefferson, Texas being an old riverport town where paddlewheelers out of New Orleans would dock, has it’s very own Krewe…the Krewe of Hebe.   Mardi Gras will be a weekend of parades, live music, and parties.

If you need something to whet your appetite for all of this year’s fun, check out the video from last year’s Mardi Gras Upriver above.

Mardi GrasMardi Gras

Video of Haunting and Mysterious Caddo Lake

January 5th, 2012 by carriagehouse

So the video creating kick is still going on here at The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast.  Yesterday I created a video of the New Year’s Eve Ball at Jefferson’s Carnegie Library.  Today, I spent all morning working on a video showcasing the beautiful and ethereal Caddo Lake.    I hope y’all enjoy all of the amazing photography!!

Carnegie Library New Year’s Eve Ball Video

January 5th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Here is a short fun video that I put together of the 2011 New Year’s Eve Ball at Jefferson’s Carnegie Library.  I hope you enjoy!!

The New Year’s Eve Door Prize…Whose raffle ticket is it?

January 3rd, 2012 by carriagehouse


Terry Ward

Guest Blog by Tom Lester

Happy New Year and Takk for Sist!!  May 2012 be prosperous beyond even your financial accomplishments.

I am not going to break away from the norm so I am once again going to brag about the terrific town of Jefferson .  There are so many parties and venues in and about Jefferson on New Year’s Eve, and we always find it difficult to choose how  to spend our last night of the year.  For the second year in a row my wife, Stephanie, and I attended the New Year’s Eve Gala at the Jefferson Carnegie Library.  It was a magical night of great music, dancing and friendship.  This is definitely one of the most enjoyable opportunities to see your friends and to meet new ones while bringing in the New Year.

The door prizes were excellent as well. Which brings me to the raffle and the question of the night…whose raffle ticket is it?

As part of the admission fee, everyone receives a raffle ticket. Two admission fees per couple so therefore two raffle tickets per couple. These raffle tickets potentially could win you fabulous prizes donated by local businesses.

When the first raffle number of the night was pulled, one of our two numbers was called.  Of course, immediately Stephanie claims it as hers. I have no idea how she thought that specific one was hers, the tickets were still attached together.  I had been eyeing all night a cask strength single malt scotch, donated by Tony and Marsha Jones. Stephanie, with HER ticket, saunters up to the to the prize table and informs me that my number had not been called yet.  Since we were the first chosen, we had first pick of the prizes.  She took the bottle from my cold dead hand, places it back on the table and chooses the original drawing by Terry Ward, a local accomplished artist.

She informs me the scotch will be drank within a very short period of time.  I agreed whole heartily with that statement.  However she informed me that Terry’s art work is one of a kind, dear to our hearts, and will be with us forever.  I love Terry,  but, FOREVER??  I guess it was Stephanie’s ticket after all and I gladly allowed her to pick the print by Terry Ward. Thank You Terry for your generosity and contributions to the Jefferson Carnegie Library and to the City of Jefferson.

BTW,  I’m  good friends with the person that won the scotch.Carnegie Library



New Year’s Eve Train in Historic Jefferson Texas

December 22nd, 2011 by carriagehouse

Robert E Lee

 Rail of Lights New Year’s Train – Jefferson, Texas

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train in Jefferson, Texas. The unforgettable ride on an old-fashioned steam train departs December 30th at 7 and 8 and on December 31st, New Year’s Eve, at 8:30, 9:30 and 11:30. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions.

The patrons will receive New Year’s hats and noisemakers. Each train will include a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fire works show.

Hear about the unique New Year’s customs across the United States, including stories of the Good Luck Dragon in Oriental, North Carolina; Christkindl Market in Akron, Ohio; the Live Toy Soldier drum and light show in Bellevue, Washington; and Bourbon Street in New Orleans.

Children and adults alike will be awed by the historic railroad depot decked out with gingerbread house theme. The wonderful narrated tour will also give our patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite New Year’s songs as they discover the joy of New Years along the river.

Plan to stay the weekend in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, and watch all of the fireworks as the train comes through the park. Ask about our holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

Ticket Prices: First Class $21; Coach Class: Adults $16.50; Lap children under 4 are free. First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, enclosed coach. If you are riding Coach Class, be sure to dress warmly and bring a blanket as you will be riding in open cars. Seats are limited, so purchase your tickets early.

Tickets are available by phone, on-line at and in person during business hours at the Historic Jefferson Railway Depot at 400 E. Austin, Jefferson Texas. Call 866-398-2038 or visit our website for ticket information.

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants.

New Year’s is a holiday celebrated around the World. You’ll want to make Jefferson and the New Year’s Train a part of your annual holiday festivities.

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