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Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration

January 26th, 2015 by carriagehouse

First Mardi Gras community celebration.

Next month all around the country, Americans will be celebration Mardi Gras. Along with New Orleans, Louisiana and Mobile, Alabama, Jefferson, Texas also has a cultural link to the Mardi Gras Celebration.

From 1845 to the late 1870s, Jefferson was a steamboat trading partner with the city of New Orleans. New Orleans’ steamboats traveled North on the Mississippi and veered off onto the Red River traveled across to Caddo Lake and then up Big Cypress Bayou to the Port of Jefferson. The New Orleans influence is still recognizable in the architecture and heritage of Jefferson.

Jefferson’s first Mardi Gras celebration was held in 1871. By 1876, Mardi Gras In Jefferson, Texas had grown into a city wide celebration that still carries on the tradition of the Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration where revelers dress in purple, green and gold, dance in the parades, eat cultural foods, and catch beads off of the many floats and balconies that line the streets.

We here in Jefferson, Texas hope to see you at the celebration. Put on your green, gold and purple and come and join in Jefferson’s Mardi Gras Upriver Celebration. The celebration will consist of three parades, carnival, food vendors, arts and crafts, live music along with fun, frivolity and zany events during this three day celebration. Friday evening begins with a Doo Dah Parade. Saturday features a Grand Parade with colorful floats, marching bands and more. Sunday allows the kiddos to get in on the action with a Children’s parade.

The bed and breakfasts are all decorated with the spirit of the celebration. The local restaurants will have specials and music playing everywhere. Plenty for all to do.

Until then, Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday”lie in the Christian calendar as the “last hurrah” before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Some see Mardi Gras as a late-winter celebration welcoming the coming of Spring. February 6th, 7th & 8th join in the celebration.

Things are coming together

December 28th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Hello World,

My first blogging post. Hmm-mm, what to say? If and when you ever meet me, I promise you this problem of what to say will never occur. I’m a chitty-chatty one. This world of running a bed and breakfast is a new experience for me even though I have been serving people and entertaining guests for over 30 years, I do feel quite comfortable here at the Carriage House. I have so many plans for the future of this amazing house. I hope you all stay tuned to see what I come up with.

I have been collecting ideas for about five years now. You should see the binders and binders of notes I have. Now just to compile them into one big ole plan and decide what to actually put into place. There are so many great things on the way. Stay tuned. As I learn how to work this thing called a computer and a camera and figure out how to download stuff, I will entertain you with all of my antics, new recipes, gardening tips, pet friendly treats and the wonderful ways of people that will now influence my life and yours.

So many people I have met in the last 3 months have filled me with joy and made me realize that this dream I have had for so long is actually a reality and it is everything I had ever imagined it would be. My guests have introduced me to their families, sent me their favorite recipes, ran around town with me, sat in my kitchen, roasted marshmallows and toasted wine with me. One guest even let me drive their car ( I have a very small hard top convertible that is not very satisfactory to my new grocery shopping needs). What a glorious life in front of me.

I hope in time everyone that visits the Carriage House comes to love this place as much as I already do.My door is always opened. I look forward to meeting and chatting with all.

Talk with you soon,

Jessi

 

First Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair

October 6th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Join us at the Carriage House In Jefferson. The First Annual Antiques Appraisal Fair will be held on Saturday October 25th from 10:00 am to 5:00 p.m. After the Fair, come back to the Carriage House and enjoy your favorite beverage wrapped in one of our comfy blankets next to the warm fire located in the courtyard.

https://www.jefferson-texas.com/events/#!event/2014/10/25/1st-annual-appraisal-fair

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

The Historic Jefferson Railway Salutes National Day of the Cowboy

July 14th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Historic Jefferson Railway Salutes National Day of the Cowboy

Day of the Cowboy

Historic Jefferson Railway salutes “National Day of the Cowboy”, July 25 and 26, 2014 as they recognize pioneering men and women who helped establish America’s frontiers. Enjoy the rough and ready cowboys of the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show complete with cannons, gunfights and a train robbery. Limited seating, so get your tickets now at www.JeffersonRailway.Com or call 866-398-2038.

Start Friday at 7:00 p.m. with free cowboy ghost stories at the air-conditioned depot, and then jump on the Cowboy Ghost Train at 8:00, an antique narrow-gauge train that traverses the Piney Woods along the Big Cypress Bayou in the deep dark woods. The open-canopied observation cars offer a perfect view from every seat. Be careful out there. Everything you see might not be part of the show – if you feel a cold chill, that’s a ghost, for sure.

On Saturday, the Historic Jefferson Railway and the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show do repeat performances of the Cowboy Train at 12:30, 2:30, 4:30 and 8:00 at 400 E. Austin, with free cowboy ghost stories at the air-conditioned depot at 7:00 p.m. Come out for a ride on a restored gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive built in 1964. The excursion train circles the Piney Woods on a five-mile track along the Big Cypress Bayou where you see the beautiful views of the wetlands and wildlife as well as remains of many sites from the 1880′s still visible along the track. Don’t let those cowboys drag you off the train!

Jefferson, Texas 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. 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. So come Dine, Shop & Stay, in Jefferson, Texas.

Friday, July 25, 2014
7:00 pm, free cowboy ghost stories in the air-conditioned depot
8:00 pm, Cowboy Ghost Train, complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery, presented by
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show

Saturday, July 26, 2014 -
12:30, 2:30 pm and 4:30 pm, narrated day tours
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show present
Cowboy Train complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery
7:00 pm, free cowboy ghost stories in the air-conditioned depot
8:00 pm, Cowboy Ghost Train, complete with cowboys, cannons, gunfights and a train robbery, presented by
Historic Jefferson Railway and Lonely West Traveling Gun Show

Historic Jefferson Railway
400 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
Adults $15, Children 6-12 $12, Seniors 65+ & Active Military, 10% discount, plus tax
www.JeffersonRailway.com
info@JeffersonRailway.com
866-398-2038

2013 Candlelight Tour of Homes Tickets Now Available

November 10th, 2013 by carriagehouse

The 2013 Candlelight Tour of Homes Features Mansions and More!

In the soft glow of candlelight, you’ll visit an enchanting Victorian mansion, a festive German farmhouse, an endearing rock cottage, and a 1950′s retro bungalow complete with aluminum tree and bright color wheel light. The fragrance of fresh fir Christmas trees and wreaths drifts through each home. The past comes to life as costumed hosts describe each residence’s lavish decorations and historic origins.  Purchase tickets now!

Meet Peg, The Wonder Dog!!

April 11th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Peg the Wonder DogI would like to introduce you to the newest Carriage House Bed and Breakfast team member, Peg.  Peg is a 1.5 year old Lab/ Pointer mix and she is all puppy.  This sweet girl was adopted in February from FurrEver Pets and has been working hard for the last six week on socialization and getting used to life at a B&B.

If you look closely, you will realize that Peg is a Tripawd.  The first part of her life was awful and she has been abused horribly bad.  She was eventually thrown out along side of the road and shot.  They missed…Thank you Lord.  She was picked up and taken to a vet in Gilmer where her left front leg was amputated.

She still gets a little nervous around men.  So if she doesn’t come running up to greet you, give her some time. She has come a long way in 6 weeks and will be your best friend before you leave.  She LOVES belly rubs so that is an awesome way to say Hi to her.

East Texas Bed and Breakfast Girl’s Getaway

May 8th, 2012 by carriagehouse

Perfect room for Girlfriend's GetawayDo you need a break from husbands, boyfriends, kids, grand kids  soccer practice and work? Is it time to get away with your best girlfriend? Come on down to our East Texas bed and breakfast and escape from it all. The Girlfriend Getaway package is designed with you, your best friend, and relaxation in mind. Come spend a couple of days with us at the Carriage House and let us help you reconnect and decompress. The Carriage House is the only East Texas bed and breakfast located in downtown Jefferson.

The Girlfriend Getaway includes:

  • A Fancy Foot Massage Party in your room – Relax in your room with a fancy foot massage and paraffin dip with a peppermint rub
  • A chocolate gift basket (1 per room booked) – A snack for all of those long hours chatting
  • Breakfast in Bed – stay in your jammies and giggle and talk over breakfast
  • One keepsake coffee mug (per person) from the Carriage House – Something to remember your trip to our East Texas bed and breakfast.
  • Your choice of any available room at the Carriage House – Pick your favorite.

All Inclusive Pricing is per person (minimum 2 people)

2 Weekend Nights – $224.50 Per Person

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 http://portjeffersonrestoration.com/.

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.

Hot Cars and Hot Days – 1st Annual Big Cypress Corvette Show.

June 7th, 2011 by carriagehouse

If you weren’t in Jefferson Texas this weekend, then you missed seeing our brick streets lined with hundreds of Corvettes.  This past weekend was the inaugural weekend of the Big Cypress Corvette Show and it was a big success. We had some guests stay here at the Carriage House B&B from the Lone Star Corvette Club in Dallas (the largest club in the nation) and they were very pleased with how the event turned out. In fact, they said that they were planning on coming back next year if not sooner.

I want to give a great big shout out to our Police Chief, Hollis Shadden, who brought this event to town and to the Marion County Chamber of Commerce for helping organize it. Thank you for bringing such a great event to Jefferson!

Corvette Show Winner Corvette Hood Corvettes Lined Up Austin Street Corvette Show Trophies Corvette Engine Corvette Corvette

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