House of the Seasons was built in 1872 during Jefferson’s heyday, it is described as a lovely example of Greek Revival and Victorian architecture with Italinate characteristics. The dome contains frescoes and flash glass in the third floor cupola. The home has original furnishings, art and family furnishings. You can take a tour of the house.
There are some great shops in the historic district. Loads of gift shops with collectibles and books as well as mouthwatering homemade fudge and chocolate shops. There are plenty of crafts and souvenirs as well, all in the old fashioned Victorian era look.
This was a former Federal building and was completed in 1888. It housed the Federal Court and Post Office until it was purchased by the Historical Society in 1965 for a museum. The museum now houses Civil War artifacts, Sam Houston papers, Caddo Indian relics, the Mosley Art Gallery and a collection of guns, early farm tools, clothing and children’s toys. Open daily.
The Sterne is a cast of pure bronze which features Hebe, the Greek goddess of youth holding an urn filled with ‘youth-giving nectar’. It was commissioned in 1913 by the children of Jacob and Ernestine Sterne and given to the city of Jefferson. The fountain features three levels of water, one each for horses, people and dogs.
There is also a memorial on the courthouse grounds dedicated to Trooper James Scott Burns who died in the line of duty on 29 April 2008.
There is a nice Civil War Memorial located on the courthouse grounds. This one uses the common standing soldier style.
The entire Jefferson Downtown area is the "Jefferson Historic District" and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as are 17 other individual buildings.
There are two maps of walking tours which you can take on your own around the Historic District and see some of Jeffersons finest old houses. Some 50 of these homes are B & B's.
There are plenty of tours you can take around Jefferson from Romantic Carriage rides to a 1 hour narrated tour on the Polk Street Trolley.
The side wall of the Museum - During its heyday in the 1860's and 1870's, Jefferson was the gateway to Texas from the southeast and New Orleans.
There are loads of antique shops here too although not all look like this photo. Most are in wonderful little wooden shops crammed full of all kinds of interesting bits and pieces.