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Civil War History Buffs Descend on Jefferson Texas

August 8th, 2017 by carriagehouse

The 6th annual Civil war symposium comes to Jefferson this weekend August 12 !!!

This years keynote subject is  “RED RIVER CAMPAIGN NARRATIVES OF DESTRUCTION, HEROISM & BLOOD”  by Dr. Henry O Robertson. flags-crossed

Jefferson Texas is the perfect place to attend this symposium (see info below) since the subject matter took place in the area. To experience what it was like back then take the “Turning Basin Boat Tour” up and down the Big Cypress Bayou located in downtown Jefferson and it does not take much imagination to picture yourself on that fateful campaign as they made their way through the area. The Jefferson Museum on Austin Street and the Mason Dixon Line Military Museum on Lafayette street in downtown also are great places to help you get a feel of what it was like during that tumultuous time.

Don’t forget to tour the Historic Oakwood Cemetery and view the section of modest white gravestones that mark the graves of the Union soldiers that were stationed at the Garrison in Jefferson after the war. You walk among those age marked headstones and see the names of the enlisted and officers that met their demise in this southern port city, where they were originally sent to burn Jefferson down to the ground but ended up occupying the city instead… it’s hard not feel the animosity they must have dealt with. There is a saying ” Half of these soldiers died from Malaria, the other half died from being stationed in a southern town that did not want them”. There are many other historic figures buried in Oakwood as well.

oakwood cemetary union graces

After a day of Civil War history, enjoy the cuisine from one of the several Jefferson restaurants with choices from fine dining to comfort food, and be thankful you did not have to eat what those soldiers did back then. After dinner, you head back to enjoy complimentary Smores and/or Wine at the Firepit if you happen to be staying at The Carriage House Bed and Breakfast. 

CH Breakfast mediaThe next morning you will wake up to the smell of Fresh ground coffee and Jessi’s Signature Gourmet Breakfast. Have a seat inside or on the wrap around porch and let us serve you up a two-course breakfast (always dessert first) before you head back to to the noisy, modern world.

On the way out of town as you drive out FM 2208 if you have the windows down. Then listen to the sounds and smell the scents of the forest…and maybe if you try real hard, you might be able to hear the hoofbeats of General John G.Walker’s troops and the Texas Infantry Division as they made their way through the moss covered cypress trees and tall pines that all but blocked out the sunlight, and made traveling feel like permanent twilight.  You can imagine their young faces cast in steely resolve as they made they way to Mansfield, Louisiana to stop the Union troops from burning down the port cities Shreveport and Jefferson.Civil war soldiers in forest

At this time of this post, we still have a couple of rooms left so call us direct for your reservation 903-665-9511.6th annual

For information or registration, contact the Museum at 903-665-2775.

The Carriage House prepares for Pilgrimage and the Garden Tour

May 1st, 2017 by carriagehouse

It’s just a few days away from Pilgrimage 2017 in Jefferson Texas, and the town is getting ready for the much-anticipated event! Jessi and the staff are also in full preparation mode as The Carriage House is part of the Pilgrimage Graden Tour this year. If you stop by this week after breakfast you will probably find her in the garden battling weeds and putting on the final touches. However, if you’re in Jefferson feel free to get a sneak preview of the garden tour the property if you have not had the chance to do so.

Chrub in garden
spring bloom



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!!

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.

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

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.

Ghost of Christmas Past Home Tours in Jefferson, Texas

November 14th, 2011 by carriagehouse

House of the Seasons

Jefferson’s Ghost of Christmas Past Home Tours December 17, 2011

Tour Some of Jefferson’s Most Historic Homes and Visit with Residents from Jefferson’s Past such as Jeannie Epperson, Confederate Captain Joseph H. Pratt and I.E. Smith.

House of the Seasons (409 S Alley) Meet Jeannie Epperson, who lived in the House of the Seasons as a child. Tours are at 11 AM & 2 PM. For Reservations 903-665-8000. Tours $7.50

Singleton’s Virginia Cross (401 N Soda) Meet Confederate Captain Joseph H. Pratt. Tours are Noon & 1 PM. For Reservations, 903-665-3938- Tours $7.00

The Charles House (209 E Clarksville) Meet Industrialist I.E. Smith. Tours are at 3 PM & 6 PM. For Reservations 903-665-1773. Tours $5.00

While in Jefferson visit the city’s most haunted home, the Grove (405 Moseley). Tours are at 2 PM Saturday and 11 AM Sunday. For Reservations 903-665-8018. Tours $6.00 On Saturday, in the downtown area look for other historic Jefferson characters such as Kate Woods, Jesse Robinson, Bill Rose and Diamond Bessie as portrayed by the Riverport Ambassadors. Also enjoy the Historic Jefferson Ghost Walk on Friday and Saturday Evening. The walk meets at the corner of W Austin & North Vale. Ticket sales at 7:30 PM and the walk starts at 8:00 PM. Tours $12.00

Deadline for Jefferson Fall Photography Weekend Fast Approaching

October 10th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Please Join Us! Fall Photography Weekend
Date: November 11-13 2011
For Info: 903-665-9511
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You are cordially invited to the 2011 Fall Photography Weekend at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast in charming Jefferson, Texas. Come spend a glorious autumn weekendwhere the focus is on photography, fun and fellowship.

Autumn is a fantastic time to visit historic Jefferson and the Caddo Lake area. Jefferson is renowned for its beautiful antebellum architecture and its New Orleans Southern charm. This historic steamboat riverport town is a target rich photo environment with opportunities for a one of a kind “money shot” around every corner.

For info or reservations, please call us at 903-665-9511

Caddo Lake is the most photographed lake in Texas. With its dripping spanish moss and swamp like environment, you will capture many unique and interesting images. Caddo Lake is a birders paradise and is home to alligators, turtles, beavers, nutria, and many other water loving critters.
Since a trip to a Southern town is not complete without a visit to an antebellum home you will have the opportunity to tour and photograph some of the most beautiful houses and gardens in Jefferson. In fact, several of the homeowners will greet you in traditional Victorian period dress.  How’s that for a photo opp?
Fall Photography Weekend

November 11, 2011 – Friday

3pm to 6pm – Event Registration

3pm to 7pm – Dinner on your own

7pm to 9pm – Wine tasting Social Hour
9pm – ? – Painting with Light Demonstration

November 12, 2011 – Saturday

6.30am to 8.30am – Sunrise Photo Walk
9.00am to 10am – Breakfast at your B&B
10.00am to 11am -Presentation by Arlington Camera

11:00am to 1pm – On Your Own
1pm to 3pm – Historic Home Photo Walk

3.00pm to 3.30pm – Drive to Caddo Lake
3.30pm to 5pm – Sunset photo boat tour on Caddo Lake
7.00pm to 8.30 pm – Group Dinner

November 13, 2011 – Sunday

9am to 10am – Breakfast at your B&B
11am – Check out

November 14, 2011 – Monday             

Photo Contest begins

To reserve your spot, please call us at 903-665-9511

For the first time ever, this weekend is available as a land package for $99 a person!  The price for the weekend includes all planned tour costs, photography demonstrations, wine tasting and Hors D’oeuvres, group dinner, and photo contest. Gratuities are not includedYou will need to make lodging arrangements on your own. For recommendations on local B& B’s or hotels, please call us at 903-665-9511. Rooms are available here at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast as well.For more information or for reservations, please go to our website or call us at 903-665-9511Tom and Stephanie Lester, InnkeepersThe Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

Pictures from the Boo Benefit Rally

October 10th, 2011 by carriagehouse

Here are some cool and fun shots that the Carriage House B&B‘s own photographer, Tom, took this weekend at the Boo Benefit Rally.

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