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Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

September 1st, 2014 by carriagehouse

Halloween Thrills on the Bayou

Tickets are now on sale for the ultimate Halloween experience, in Jefferson Texas.  Be sure to goblin’ up tickets to the 13th Annual Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival each Friday and Saturday, October 4-31, 2014.

Steam hissing, whistle blowing and pistons chugging, the Historic Jefferson Railway’s live steam train returns to operation in October 2014 for the Runaway Fright Train and Halloween Festival.

The Runaway Fright Train will feature “Monsters from the Deep”.  As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll see the monsters emerging from the swamplands of East Texas as they reach out for you.  Keep a wary eye toward the cypress-filled woods and swamps.  You never know what lurks in the shadows. The train rolls right by the Alligator Pit, filled with alligators ranging from six feet to over twelve feet long.

What are some of the highlights of this theater on wheels?  Chain saws, toxic wasteland, land of rats, spiders and snakes, skeletons and ghouls.  Something sinister is hiding there.  You’ll be spooked by more than Halloween ghosts!

The scenes and haunters along the track will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a laugh now and then, too.  This Halloween Theater on wheels is professionally directed by East Texas Performing Arts.  This is a family-friendly event for ages 2 to 92for a howling good time.

The Fun Brothers bring their alligator bounce house to the Halloween Festival each evening of the event.   Admission is free with the purchase of a Halloween train ride.   Other free activities will include mini-maze, mini-haunted house, children’s crafts and games. Glow sticks and other Halloween products and concessions are available for sale in the Haunted Historic Depot. Give your little monsters some wholesome Halloween fun this season.

On Halloween evening, come participate in Best Costume Contest for CASH PRIZES.  Prizes awarded after each train ride.

The event will take place at Historic Jefferson Railway, 400 E. Austin, Jefferson, Texas.  The easiest way to order tickets is to visit the website, www.JeffersonRailway.com.  You can also buy tickets at the Historic Jefferson Railway depot during event hours. Train seating is limited so get your tickets early!  Come out for a rip-roaring good time.

Runaway Fright Train Schedule and Pricing

Friday $14.50, plus applicable sales tax

Saturday, $16.50, plus applicable sales tax

Lap Children under 4 are free

Group discounts available

Depot opens at noon each day of the Event

Halloween Festival opens at 6:00 p.m. each day of the Event

Saturday, October 4 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 10 @ 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 11 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Friday, October 17 7:00, 8:00

Saturday, October 18 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 24 @ 7:00, 8:00

 

Saturday, October 25 @ 7:00, 8:00, 9:00

Friday, October 31 @ 7:00, 8:00

Jefferson Train Days

May 7th, 2014 by carriagehouse

The Jay Gould Rail Car "Atalanta"

ALL ABOARD for Jefferson Train Days, May 17th and 18th.  Tickets are now available online at www.JeffersonTrainDays.com or call 866-398-2038. One boarding pass admits you to four destinations. You will want to get your tickets early as seating is limited on the train.

Ride the Historic Jefferson Railway and experience The Lonely West Traveling Gun Show, including cowboys, guns and a train robbery.  Visit the R.D. Moses model train layout at the Jefferson Historical Society and Museum.  Tour the resplendent business car, Atalanta, that belonged to the rail baron, Jay Gould. See the model train show, layouts and vendors at the Jefferson Transportation Center.

Hear the sounds of yesterday at the Whistle Toot where more than thirty whistles will sound off.  Patrons can blow the whistles and whistle enthusiasts can bring their own. There will be educational clinics for model railroaders, too.  Come out for the day or for the weekend. There is a lot for the family to do in Jefferson Texas.

Celebrate Flag Day Aboard Jefferons’ Historic Railway

June 1st, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

In celebration of Flag Day, the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 and inspired by three decades of state and local celebrations, The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special Flag Day Weekend, June 10 and 11, 2011. Every rider will receive a free Flag Day gift and active Military Personnel can ride free.

Looking for a place close to town to camp or bring your RV? Come stay at the Cypress Bayou RV Park, just one mile from Jefferson, adjacent to the Cypress Bayou River. The park offers secluded tent camping and RV sites with water and electric surrounded by beautiful wooded acreage. Observe the abundant wildlife and enjoy great fishing and boating, as well as hiking and mountain biking on groomed trails.

We will have a celebration of flags at the historic train depot and along the track as the history of Flag Day unfolds in our narrated day tours. Come see the “Support Our Troops” display that honors the United States Military.

Climb aboard as the Railway recreates the Golden Era of steam railroading. With whistles blowing and pistons chugging, the live steam, narrow gauge railroad transports its passengers back to the 1800’s on a scenic narrated tour along the Big Cypress Bayou, rolling through the history laden Piney Woods.

You can view a Confederate Powder Magazine along the five-mile tour as well as the historical ruins of the Clark and Boice Sawmill and the first iron foundry in East Texas.

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

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00. The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou. The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was 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.

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. Riders look forward all year to Terror on the Bayou Fright Train, Rail of Lights Christmas & New Year’s Train as well as Diamond Don’s Riverport National Vintage Motocross and the Trammel’s Trace Rendezvous.

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.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit http://www.jeffersonrailway.com/or call 866-398-2038.

Open air coach $12, plus tax
Children under 6 FREE
Active Military ride free during Flag Day Weekend
10% discount to Seniors

Come join us for Ghost Stories at the depot.
And IT’S FREE!

Friday
Depot opens at 6:00
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Saturday
Depot opens at noon
Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30
FREE Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

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

Friday the 13th – Spooky Ride on the Historic Jefferson Railway

May 10th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Ghost Train

Photo by Sam Wilson

The Historic Jefferson Railway is offering a special Friday the 13th Ghost Train at 9:00 pm. Keep a wary eye toward the cypress-filled woods and swamps. You never know what lurks in the shadows. Something sinister is hiding there. You know something is going to reach out and touch you — you just don’t know where or when. You’ll be spooked by more than ghosts!

Bigfoot (also known in these parts as the Boggy Creek monster) has been sighted running along the railroad tracks as the sun begins to set. Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings fact or fiction?

The Texas Bigfoot Research Conservancy website says “Jerry Hestand, Mark Porter and Charles DeVore investigated a number of cases in Marion County from reliable trustworthy people in or near these remote bottomlands. It is their assessment that it seems highly likely that events have been reported accurately”.

The train rolls right by the home of the Boggy Creek monster as depicted in the upcoming 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.

So, are the sightings real or a spoof to enhance your rider experience? You’ll have to ride the train to find out!

The Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of Steam railroading with narrated day trains on Saturday at 2:30 and 4:30. 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.

Start Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 with free Fireside Ghost Stories at the historic “haunted” train depot. The story-teller will keep you at the edge of your seat as you hear stories about famous and not-so-famous Ghosts of Jefferson and Northeast Texas.

Then climb aboard the legendary Ghost Train at 9:00. The Ghost Train carries you deep into the dark woods along the Bayou. The narrator shares legends of Jefferson and East Texas ghosts and a story or two that will make you reach for your loved ones! Historic Jefferson Railway was 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.

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

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. The open car coach seats still carry the custom medallions cast into them designed especially for the Six Guns amusement park.

Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. For information on pricing, schedule and events, please visit www.JeffersonRailway.com or call 866-398-2038.

Friday & Saturday, May 13 & 14, 2011
Open air coach $12, plus tax
Children under 6 FREE
10% discount to Active Military & Seniors

Come join us for Fireside Ghost Stories at the depot.
And IT’S FREE!

Friday
Depot opens at 6:00
FREE Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00
Friday the 13th Ghost Train departs at 9:00

Saturday
Depot opens at noon
Narrated Day Train departs at 2:30 and 4:30
FREE Fireside Ghost Stories at 8:00
Ghost Train departs at 9:00

October’s Spooky, Scary Events in Jefferson, Texas

September 20th, 2010 by carriagehouse

So you wanna be scared do you? You want to see ghosts and goblins and have things go bump in the night. Well, I can’t think of a better place to go then right here to Jefferson, Texas, the most haunted town in Texas.

The Historic Jefferson Railway has been closed for most of September so that they can retool the ride for Halloween. The steam train will reopen the first week of October for Terror on the Bayou. You’ll get the willies walking through the spooktacular Creepy Screamin’ Corn Maze, now more than an acre, which includes a walk through the Piney Woods, the Haunted Cemetery and culminates with the infamous 100 foot underground Tunnel of Doom. The Runaway Fright Train will feature the Midnight Stalker as he chases the children through the dark and spooky woods! The scenes and haunters along the railroad track will keep you at the edge of your seat and give you a laugh now and then, too.

The Grove, a real live haunted house, will be open for tour as well. Texas Monthly has named this house as the 8th most haunted place in Texas and people have been experiencing (hearing, smelling, feeling) strange things in this house for over 100 years. Tours of this spooky little house will be available by reservation only during the month of October. Call us and we would be more then happy to help you make those reservations for your visit to the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast.

There are only a few rooms left for the weekends of October and Halloween weekend. Please call us at 903-665-9511 to make your reservation or go to our website at www.carriagehousejefferson.com to take a look at our rooms and book online in real time.

Preview Weekend

September 16th, 2009 by Skyla Grimes

We did it!
We had our first guests last weekend. Tom and I needed to practice our inn keeping skills and so we invited our families and closest friends out for a fun-filled weekend in picturesque Jefferson.

Since many of our friends and family had never been to Jefferson before, we took them to all of the fabulous spots in town and in the area. They all enjoyed the fun quaint stores and antique shops in town. Saturday afternoon, we took them on the “Graceful Ghost” boat tour of Caddo Lake. If you have never been to Caddo, then you don’t know just how beautiful that area really is. Caddo Lake is really more of a swamp then a lake and it is filled with beautiful birds, alligators, beavers and many other creatures. It was misting that day which gave the lake a very mystical, ethereal look to it. That night, everyone got to enjoy The Ghost Train. The wet and dreary weather only added to the scary ambiance.

What was the verdict…they loved Jefferson and had a fantastic time. Many of them are already making plans to come back and stay at The Carriage House again. We are looking forward to it!
This coming weekend, we have our first real test. We have our first “real” guest come stay with us. We can’t wait to meet these folks and we are looking forward to being able to serve them.
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