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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.

2012 Historic Jefferson Calendars are Now Available at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast

December 20th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Calendar The 2012 Event Calendars are in and they are beautiful!  Full of beautiful photographs of many of Jefferson’s famous events, these calendars are the easiest and best way to keep up with everything going on in the historic town of Jefferson, Texas.  So be “in the know” which lists events throughout the year.  These calendars make great Christmas gifts and stocking stuffers.  Stop by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce or the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast before they are all sold out.

Best wishes for a glorious Christmas!

Christmas Parade Rescheduled

December 7th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Santa Claus



 Due to recent rain, Jefferson’s Christmas Parade has been rescheduled to MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 6:00 p.m.

Join in on the fun as we celebrate Christmas as it was many years ago.  For information regarding your participation in the parade contact:


Marion County Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Information Center

101 N. Polk

Jefferson, Texas 75657

(903) 665-2672

Pictures from the 2011 Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Jefferson Texas

November 27th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Santa Claus

There is a nice rhythm to life here in Jefferson.   Life is predictable and comfortable.   For instance, you know that if it is the day after Thanksgiving all the town’s folk are going to gather around the gazebo at Lions Park and light the Enchanted Forest.  That is why Friday night, I joined my friends and neighbors for the traditional kick off of the Christmas Season in Jefferson in Lions Park.

Every year the Historic Jefferson Foundation sells over a hundred Christmas trees to local businesses and townsfolk.  These beautiful trees are all decorated and lit for the enjoyment of all in the Enchanted Forest in Lions Park.  It is quite a spectacle to see that many lit Christmas Trees in one place decorated and twinkling in all of their glory.  Just the very sight of all of these trees will turn any Scrooge into a Christmas Elf.

We all gather at dusk at Lions Park for the official Tree Lighting ceremony.  Carols are sung, poems are read, and excerpts from plays are acted out.  It is a jouyous and cozy celebration of Christmas in a small town.  Everyone knows everyone and we all wish each other a Merry Christmas.  If you have never made it to Jefferson during the holidays, then you are missing a wonderful small town (think Norman Rockwell) Christmas.

Here are the pictures from this year’s event.  Enjoy!

Christmas Trees in Jefferson Christmas Trees in Jefferson

Nutcracker at the Enchanted ForestEnchanted Forest in Lions ParkChristmas in Jefferson (5)





Jefferson’s Old-Fashioned Christmas Parade Monday, December 5 @ 6pm

November 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Victorian Santa

A Victorian Santa



Jefferson’s Annual Christmas Parade will take one back to a simpler and more idyllic time Monday, December 5 at 6:00 p.m.

Lighted floats depicting nativity scenes, carolers, and bands are but a sample of the things to see. The evening’s special guest, Santa Claus, atop a fire truck will be making a list and checking it twice.

“Some of our guests said this was very touching as it evoked childhood memories of long ago”, Juanita Wakefield Chitwood, Executive Director, Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

Originating at Lion’s Park, the parades will weave its way along Henderson, Market, Austin, Polk and finish at Brookshire’s along Broadway.

Join in on the fun as we celebrate Christmas as it was many years ago.

New Year’s Eve Ball at Jefferson’s Carnegie Library

November 26th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Jefferson Carnegie Library

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate New Year’s Eve at the Jefferson Carnegie Library, December 31, 2011 from 8:00 p.m. until 12:30 a.m.  Bring your friends for a night of fun and dance to a great mix of all-time favorite tunes.  There will be something for every taste and every age.

It’s always fun to dress up and enjoy friends, fun and laughter as you blast into the New Year.  Door prizes, heavy hors d’oeuvres and set-ups will be available. BYOB.

The party will take place at the Jefferson Carnegie Library Ballroom, 301 W. Lafayette, Jefferson, Texas.  Just pop in for a few minutes or plan to spend the evening.  Tickets are $40 per person and seating is limited so advance purchase is recommended.  Reserve your own table for 8-10 and decorate your own table to show your festive, creative style.  Tickets are available at the library.

How competitive are you?  Be sure to participate in the “Best Dance Couple” and “Best Dressed Jefferson Chic”competitions for fabulous trophies.

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.

Rock in a bright New Year with your family and friends at the Library’s New Year’s Eve party.

Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year’s Train Day Trips in Jefferson, Texas

November 25th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Christmas Rail of Lights

Take to the Rails during the Daylight

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

In addition to the traditional evening trains, Historic Jefferson Railway has added a few day runs so that patrons can experience the beautiful ride along the Cypress Bayou River.

Day runs will be available on December 9, 12, 13 and 14 at 1:30 p.m.  No reservations necessary – there will be plenty of room available.

Tickets are now on sale for the evening trains.  As seating is limited, get your tickets early.  Make this a holiday to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train in Jefferson, Texas.  The unforgettable ride aboard an old-fashioned steam train departs each Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 24. Passengers will enjoy lighted scenes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear about “Christmas Traditions Around the Globe”.

Also, ring in the New Year with the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train running on December 30 and 31st. This ride will feature the dropping of the ball in Times Square, complete with beverages, noisemakers and a fantastic fire works show on every train ride.

Spend the weekend in Jefferson and stay in the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson.  You can see lights on the river during the Christmas Trains and watch the New Year’s fireworks as the train comes through the park.  Ask about our special holiday get-away pricing of $15 per night.

The excursions will take you by a life-size nativity scene, the German Markets, Jerusalem and the Angel Tree.  Glimpse Christmas trees simply decorated reminiscent of the bare-limbed sourwood of the Appalachian Christmas Tree.   View scenes representing Toyland, Alaska, San Francisco, China, Australia, New Orleans,  and the Arizona Hopi Indian nation.

Enjoy an authentic life-sized 90-year old Christmas card as well as the Support Our Troops display featuring a post card sent by soldiers during World War II, and other favorites: the aluminum tree, reminiscent of the 1960’s; a whimsical Teddy Bear tree; and Charlie Brown’s forlorn little Christmas tree.

The decorated historic railroad depot captures the holiday spirit. The narrated tour on the day train will be a combination of Jefferson history and description of our Christmas scenes.

During the evening, visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus before boarding the train for the wonderful narrated tour, accompanied by a local vocalist, who will give patrons an opportunity to sing some of their favorite Christmas Carols as they create unique Christmas memories riding along the river.

Ticket Prices:  Day train First Class $16.50; Coach Class $13.00.  Evening Trains:  First Class $21; Coach Class: $14.75 – $16.50. Lap children under 4 are free.

First Class is offered in a beautiful historic, heated, 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. Seating is limited on the evening trains so purchase your tickets early.  The easiest way to get tickets is to order online at

Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas. It seems frozen in time and is an elegant reminder of a bygone era. The downtown area will be aglow with lights and greenery during the holiday season. You will want to make Jefferson and the Christmas Train a tradition for your whole family.

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