This is the private railroad car of Jay Gould a noted financier and owner of several railroads. It was built in 1888 to Gould's specifications and was named the "Atalanta". The car had four staterooms, two observation rooms, two baths, an office, a kitchen, a dining area, and a butler's pantry. Only the finest materials were used. Upon Gould's death, ownership of the car fell to his son George Jay Gouls who was also a railroad president. The car remained in the Gould family until the 1930s. It was then used as a private residence during the Texas oil boom until finally coming to Jefferson in 1954. Today it is a tourist attraction in Jefferson. Hours are 10 AM to 3 PM, daily; although it was closed when I was there (possibly due to the special event going on). You can arrange for tours at the nearby Excelsior Hotel.
For a look at Jay Gould's private parlor car, Atalanta, stop by the Excelsior House and you'll get a guided tour for a small fee.
This luxurious mode of travel (circa 1861) contains four fancy staterooms, a lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler pantry and bathroom.
Although we didn't schedule a tour, it looks like it would be an especially fun stop for the younger bunch, but I'm sure I'd like it, too.
Jay Gould was an American financier and railroad developer. Hours are daily 10:00 am-3:00 p.m.