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Mardi Gras 2014 – Jefferson Style

February 25th, 2014 by carriagehouse

It is Mardi Gras time!  Time for King Cake…Time for Parades…and Time for Floats and Masked Strangers.  The Carriage House has a front seat to all of this with the parades floating right by the front porch.  Our guests will kick back, relax and enjoy all of the festivities right from the center of it all…Downtown Jefferson’s Historic Riverfront District.


2014 Historic Jefferson Railway Schedule

February 4th, 2014 by carriagehouse

Historic Jefferson Railway

2014 Calendar of Events 

Dates, Events and Pricing are subject to change at any time. 

Events may be cancelled or rescheduled due to weather or maintenance

 Enjoy a narrated day excursion or evening Gator Ghost Train running along the Big Cypress Bayou. 

See historic remains from the 1800’s, native wildlife and hear the history of Jefferson.

Every train includes a stop at the Alligator Observation Pit – you’ll get a chance to feed them, too.

 Spring Schedule Runs Every Saturday March 8, 2014 through June 7, 2014 

Depot opens at noon

2:30 and 4:30 Narrated Historical Day Tours

7:00 Free Ghost Stories in the depot

8:00 Gator Ghost Train

Summer Schedule Runs Every Weekend June 13, 2014 through August 30, 2014 

Depot opens at noon

2:30 and 4:30 Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours

7:00 Friday and Saturday Free Ghost Stories in the depot

8:00 Friday and Saturday Gator Ghost Train

Open Air Coach

Adults $12; Children under 12, $10; Lap Children are free

Active Military & Senior 65+ receive 10% discount.

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

Enclosed Coach

Adults $15; Children under 12, $12; Lap Children are free

Active Military & Senior 65+ receive 10% discount.

All Fares, plus tax.

(Schedule and pricing may be adjusted for special events)

March 15, 2014

St. Patrick’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Celebrate the Green aboard the St. Patrick’s Day Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.  The historic depot will be decked out in green.

April 10-13, 2014

Diamond Don’s 12th Annual AHRMA National Vintage Motocross

National Vintage Motocross which includes Charity Golf Tournament on Thursday,  Cross Country and Trials on Friday,Vintage Motocross on Saturday with Post-Vintage on Sunday.  The weekend will be full of motocross legends.  Come out and see Gary Bailey, Marty Tripes, Brad Lackey, Danny LaPorte, Chuck Sun, Steve Wise, Trampas Parker, Billy Liles, and Trey Jorski, Guy Cooper and Jim Gibson.

April 19, 2014

Easter Egg Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

No Gator Ghost Train

Come ride the Easter Egg Express, an antique narrow-gauge train running along the scenic Big Cypress Bayou.

May 2, 2014

Civil War Living History and The Great Locomotive Chase/The Andrews Raid Re-enactment

Complete with a gunboat and cannons

Special pricing for school and youth groups, $5 per person.

Train departs from Diamond Don RV Park

Friday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 9:30, 11:30, 1:30

May 3-4, 2014

Special Schedule for Jefferson’s Civil War Weekend

The Great Locomotive Chase – The Andrews Raid Re-enactment

Naval Battle of Port Jefferson.  Complete with a gunboat and cannons

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 6:30

Sunday Narrated Day Tour:  11:30

Come ride an antique narrow-gauge train and experience the story of The Andrews Raid, the Civil War’s most gripping railroad story.  Come see the living history camps along the river, and the soldiers from the North and South re-enacting the Great Locomotive Chase and the Naval Battle of Port Jefferson, complete with cannons and gunboat – the largest naval civil war re-enactment west of the Mississippi.

May 10, 2014

Mother’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Mothers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

May 17-18, 2014

Jefferson Train Days

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  12:30, 2:30 and 4:30

Sunday Narrated Historical Day Tours: 1:30 and 3:00

Additional Runs may be added depending on attendance

Jefferson’s 3rd Annual Train Days includes 4 Destinations, One Boarding Pass.  Jefferson Historical Museum and the Texas Pacific Train Depot & R.D. Moses train layout; Historic Jefferson Railway; Jay Gould “Atalanta” business car; and Model Train Displays at the Jefferson Transportation Center.

June 6-8, 2014

3rd Annual Route 49 Biker Rally

Live music, Diamond Don’s infamous BBQ for pre-registered guests, Poker Run, Biker Games and more – to be held at the Diamond Don RV Park (Cypress Bayou RV Park).

June 13,2014

Friday the 13th aboard

Friday evening, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Have a haunting good time aboard our special Friday the 13th train ride through the eerie woods along the Big Cypress Bayou.  Is the tale of the Bigfoot sightings along the railroad track fact or fiction?  What else awaits you in the dark and scary woods?  You’ll have to ride the train to find out!  Includes a stop at the Alligator Observation Pit.  You’ll get a chance to feed them, too.

June 14, 2014

Father’s Day Express

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Fathers receive a 10% discount when accompanied by their children.

July 5, 2014

4th of July Celebration & Fireworks

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 8:00

Saturday evening, Gator Ghost Train at 9:00

The Historic Jefferson Railway will offer a special July 4th weekend with a celebration of flags along the Big Cypress Bayou as the history of Independence Day unfolds in the Narrated Historical Day Tours.  Come see the Support Our Troops display thathonors the United States Military. For our evening train, we will have a fireworks show.   (Note: we will be closed on Friday, July 4, so that we don’t conflict with City of Jefferson activities).

July 26, 2014

National Day of the Cowboy

Saturday Cowboy Trains:  12:30, 1:30, 2:30

Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Historic Jefferson Railway recognizes pioneering men and women, known as cowboys, who helped establish America’s frontiers.  The cowboy and his horse are central characters in history.  Enjoy the rough and ready cowboys of the Lonely West Traveling Gun Show complete with gunfights and a train robbery.

August 29 & 30, 2014

Labor Day Celebration at Historic Jefferson Railway

Saturday Narrated Historical Day Tours:  2:30 and 4:30

Friday and Saturday Free Ghost Stories at the depot at 7:00

Friday & Saturday evenings, Gator Ghost Train at 8:00

Celebrate Labor Day at The Historic Jefferson Railway.  Come see the Support Our Troops display that honors the United States Military. Active Military personnel ride free.

October 4, 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 31, 2014

Runaway Fright Train & Halloween Festival

The Runaway Fright Train will feature “Nightmare on Christmas Street”.  As you ride through the dark woods, you’ll feel the spirits reaching out for you. 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 and is appropriate for all ages.  Halloween Festival has free activities, with train ticket purchase, that include mini-maze, mini-haunted house, children’s crafts and games.

November 27-29, December 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 2014

Rail of Lights Christmas Train

Make this a Christmas to remember aboard the Rail of Lights Christmas Train.  The unforgettable ride aboard an antique narrow-gauge train departs on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Thanksgiving through December 22.  (Closed December 1).  Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear The Christmas Story Around the World.  December 25-29 & 31, 2014

Rail of Lights New Year’s Train

Blast into the New Year aboard the Rail of Lights New Year’s Train. Passengers will enjoy lighted vignettes along the Cypress Bayou River as they hear the tale of New Year’s traditions, customs and superstitions from Around the Globe. Each of the trains will feature beverages, noisemakers and a simulation of the New Year’s Eve Ball dropping in Times Square followed by a fantastic fireworks show.

Historic Jefferson Railway

Live Music Fireside this Saturday Night

February 3rd, 2014 by carriagehouse


Bonfire-02The Carriage House is pleased to announce that Jim Taylor will be performing this Saturday night fireside at the Carriage House Bed and Breakfast.  Jim, an acoustic guitar player, will be singing folk hits from the 1960s and 1970s such as the Beatles, the Mamas and the Papas, and George Strait. We plan to host this event by the fire pit in the Garden Courtyard but if the weather does not cooperate, we will all sit by the fireplace in the warm and cozy parlor. So grab your favorite winter drink and join us for a sing along by the fire this Saturday, Feb 8th at 7pm.

Valentine’s Weekend Carriage Rides

January 30th, 2014 by carriagehouse

The horse drawn carriage will be in Jefferson for Valentines’s Weekend (weather permitting). The carriage can pick you up here at the Carriage House and will whisk you off on a romantic ride through the Historic Riverfront District from 2 pm to 9pm both Friday and Saturday. They are offering two packages for the weekend.  If you are interested, please let me know what day and what time and I will book it for you. I have been told that they are already booked from 7pm to 9pm on Friday.  So if you are interested, you will want to let me know soon so that I can book your favorite time. I can also add the charges to your room for extra convenience if you like.

Cinderella Carriage Ride –  Your romantic ride will take place in a fairy-tale Cinderella carriage with a driver in formal attire and your sweetheart will be handed a box of chocolates and a rose at the time of pick-up.  The price for a half hour ride is $110 and for $135 for an hour.
Traditional Carriage Ride – If you want a more low-key ride you can go with a traditional ride with the standard carriage.  A half hour ride is $65 and an hour is $90.

World Wetland Day Observed in Jefferson

January 26th, 2014 by carriagehouse

In observance of World Wetland Day, Port Jefferson History & Nature Center invites the public to participate in the planting of native wetland trees to benefit the new riverfront park and the City of Jefferson.

The event will start at 10 AM on Saturday, February 1, at the entrance to the east end of the park across from the Jefferson Transportation and Visitor Center.  After planting is completed in the park, participants will be able to acquire a limited number of trees for their own properties.

Participants should dress appropriately for the weather and bring flat edged shovels to use as “Dibble bars” in the planting process.

Trees to be planted include bare root bald cypress and water tupelo.Caddo Lake

The theme for World Wetland Day 2014 is wetlands and agriculture.  Wetlands provide natural infrastructure to support agriculture, providing reliable water and fertile soils.  There is a great need for wetland and agricultural sectors to work together for the best shared outcomes.

Spring Twilight Cemetary Tour at Oakwood Cemetary

April 17th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Have you ever wanted to hear Diamond Bessie tell her own version of what happened to her when she was murdered?  Ever been curious as to what those last few minutes were like on the Mittie Stephens as it caught fire and sank in Caddo Lake.  This Saturday, April 20 from 5pm to 7pm, come on down to Oakwood Cemetery and watch four vignettes from some of this historic graveyard’s most famous residents.  A donation of $10 per person is being requested and the tour should take an hour.

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.

Perfect Time of Year to See the Critters

April 10th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Alligator at Caddo Lake

One of the questions we often get is “When is the best time of year to see the wildlife on Caddo Lake?”  The answer is right now.  In fact both Spring and Fall are the best times of year to see the wildlife on Caddo Lake.

When the nights are cool and the days are warm, the gators, turtles and other critters are pulling themselves out of the water to warm themselves.  You can often see them laying on the beaches and felled trees sunning themselves.  The handsome gentleman in the picture is a well known local named “Fraidy Cat”.

The birds are changing out season right now as well. The Winter birds are flying north again and the Summer birds are just arriving.  In early spring, many of the animals are waking up from their long winter naps and are hungry and frisky.  It is a busy active time in the swamps of Caddo Lake!!

If you are interested in getting up and close with nature, just give us a call at 903-655-9511.  We can suggest several different types of tours on Caddo Lake.  One is sure to be just the adventure you are seeking.


Spring Break Bookings Going Fast

February 19th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Piney Woods Wine Trail

If you have not done so yet, you need to book your room for Spring Break soon.  Our rooms are going fast and you do not want to miss out on all of the fun things going on in Jefferson and Caddo Lake this Spring.

All of the boat tours and train rides will be ramping back up the first weekend of Spring Break after being closed for inspections and repairs during the Winter season.  Ten new paddling trails were recently opened by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department on both Caddo Lake and the Big Cypress Bayou.  If you are looking for something more low-key, then visit one of our local wineries and sit back and enjoy some East Texas sweet wine and dine at some of the best restaurants that East Texas has to offer.

The Carriage House is located in downtown Jefferson, Texas and is walking distance from all of the shops, tours and restaurants.  In fact we are so close to all of the shopping, that we are between two antique stores! We are also the only pet-friendly bed and breakfast in Jefferson. So bring your best buddy for a $50 non-refundable pet fee and feel completely at home.

I would love to tell you more about what this beautiful area has to offer.  Please call me at 903-665-9511 if you need any assistance with planning your trip or would like to hear more about some of the tours and activities in the Jefferson/ Caddo Lake area.

New “Winter Color” Coffee Mugs are Here

February 14th, 2013 by carriagehouse

Coffee Mugs

The 2013 Winter Coffee Mugs are here and are available while supplies last.  The 2013 Winter colors are Light Teal with a Cinnamon/ White Glaze and Black with a Sand White Glaze.  Both of these mugs are available only in the Barrel shape.

All of our mugs are hand thrown by a potter from Deneen Pottery in Minnesota  In this day of Chinese assembly line products, our mugs are American craftsmanship at it’s best.

If you are interested in purchasing a mug, please call me at 903-665-9511.  The mugs are $18 plus tax and I will ship them directly to you.

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