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Jefferson Things to Do

  • Basin Bayou Cruise

    The Turning Basin Bayou Cruise was a great Sunday afternoon diversion. We had never explored a bayou by boat before, so we were ready for a new experience (pics 1 &2)! We cruised up Big Cyprus Bayou passed tall and sturdy Cyprus Trees, overhanging River Birch trees and the occasional turtle sunning itself on a fallen branch (pic #3). Although we...

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  • Gone With the Wind Museum

    While researching Jefferson, I read about The Gone With the Wind Museum, whose collection of paraphenalia from the movie of the same name was compiled over a period of twenty five years. Not only do I have the movie, but I drool over the magnificent costumes and love this story of the Old South like many other people. picture #2 Tara picture #3...

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  • Carriage Rides

    Mr. Tom and Liza Jane. Jefferson, Texas carriage rides are the best. Mr. Tom looks very vintage himself which just adds to the great tour he gave my husband and myself of Jefferson, Texas. Thanks again, Mr. Tom and Liza Jane!

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  • Jay Gould's Railroad Car

    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...

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  • Jefferson Historical Museum

    The Jefferson Historical Society Museum is located in the Old U. S. Post Office Building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum offers four floors of displays about the history of Jefferson and this part of Texas and Louisiana. Lots of stuff about the steamboat/riverboat days, the antebellum society, and a large...

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  • Schluter Home

    Although this home is not open to the public, I'm including it in my tips because it's an example of the late Greek Revival style of architecture. It's located in a quiet section of Jefferson near a park and historic Episcopal church. Cast iron balasters are an element of this design, which is reflected in this home more than any other in the town...

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  • Jefferson Playhouse

    The Jefferson Playhouse and Ruth Lester House (formerly the Hebrew Sinai Synagogue) was built around 1860 as a private residence and after several changes in ownership, it was purchased in 1869 for the Sisters of Charity for a convent, hospital and school called St. Mary's. The Hebrew Sinai Congregation took over in 1875 and built the adjoining...

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  • Carnegie Library

    The Carnegie Library was a gift from the Carnegie Foundation in 1890 and one of 4 such libraries in Texas. It is one of few such libraries still serving its original purpose. The second floor was designed as an opera house. On display is one of the outstanding doll collections in Texas. .

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  • First United Methodist

    Like most small towns, at its heart you'll find churches of many denominations. Though not soaring cathedrals, these unassuming structures house the faithful and help foster a community spirit. One such church is First United Methodist established in 1844 (pictured). Other early churches discovered on our walk about town were: picture #2...

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Jefferson Restaurants

  • Hidden Italian Gem

    I know you are probably thinking, you went to the South for Italian? If you read the website intro, you will understand that this is a very traditional recipe laden Italian menu, by real Italians who migrated from Stromboli to Jefferson, TX. We have been there 3 or 4 times, and every time is delicious. I went with the lasagna this time, and it did...

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  • Cool Burger Joint

    UPDATE: We couldn't resist our rumbling stomachs when passing by The Hamburger Store...Mary's homebaked pies were foremost in our thoughts. They were just as tasty as our last stop!A long line of hungry patrons waited outside the Hamburger Store for lunch. The aroma of those sizzling burgers must have drawn each one of us to its door. This is a...

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  • Awesome Food!

    Wonderful food. The lady who owns the resteraunt treats you like your part of her family. She is a European Pastry Chef. If you want first class food and service this is it. There are pastries, sandwiches, homemade bread, soups, salads, fritatas, you name it. Fritata!

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  • Yummy Italian Bread

    Since I am not fully on solid foods yet, Mommy brought my own special Italian meal with her, created by a chef at Gerber. I was a very good little girl, and did not make alot of noise, as this restaurant was definitely for older people. They did have a high chair for me, although the teenage maitre'd wanted to seat us in the smoking section. My...

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  • Hidden Italian Gem

    Lamache Italian Restaurant in Jefferson, Texas, is a major culinary treat! Their Italian food, and especially the seafood is outstanding, good sized portions, presented beautifully in good atmosphere. The prices are good for the quality and amount. The service staff is friendly, soft-spoken, and love to laugh. The salad house dressing is delicious...

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  • Service a Little Less than Friendly

    I live in Jefferson and had my Parents visiting from Missouri. My Mother was craving a pie so we decided to try "House of Pies". My Mother went in by herself and after about ten minutes came out with nothing in hand. My Mother was very upset and said the lady behind the counter told her she could not purchase the whole buttermilk pie. Even though...

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Jefferson Nightlife

  • For Live Music!

    Where else would you find a Gospel Brunch in the morning AND live Zydeco music at night in the same venue: Bull Durham's Playhouse, of course.Perhaps because it was Mardi Gras weekend, a $10 cover charge admitted us for the evening. Once inside we were treated to Scott Walker, whose music was billed as 'Rockin' Texas Country' style. Jean Pierre &...

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  • Diamond Bessie’s Saloon

    Diamond Bessie’s Saloon & Dance Hall - well what can I say, the sign caught my eye:-) I didn't go in but its description is 'Authentic turn of the century saloon. Great food and good times. Dine, drink and dance in historic Jefferson. Wednesday thru Sunday 11:00 a.m. - till... Live entertainment on weekends.'Diamond Bessie was a native New Yorker...

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    by keeweechic Updated Oct 4, 2002

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    Jefferson is situated about 16 miles north from Marshall (20 mins) on Hwy 59, and from east of Dallas (2 ½ hrs) on I-20. The easiest way to get there from I-20 is to go to Marshall and Take 59 North. It is also about 1 hour south of Texarkana on Hwy 59.

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Jefferson Shopping

  • Just Like Grandma's!

    Granny Had It! is the perfect name for an antique shop, especially since I found something that my grandmother actually DID have here. In our family a pretty etched glass basket was brought out every Mother's Day to be filled with Lily-of-the- Valley by the younger members of the family. It was a tradition to use my Grandmother's prized piece. In...

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  • Delicious Jams and Jellies

    Mommy's favorite store to go shopping in Jefferson is the Old Store. It has an old time fudge shop and plenty of jams and jellies to sample. There is even a big sample table that has all of the different kinds out for you to taste.Although I do not eat alot of jam yet, Mommy really seemed to like the blackberry preserves, and she told Daddy it was...

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  • Delicate Things of Beauty

    If you're looking for delicate glassware or China, Liz-Beth's Antiques would be an ideal stop for you. As we browsed through the shop I saw many dainty things that would add a pretty touch to a home. I saw this sweet little desk in one of the rooms and thought it would make a great display piece for any collectibles. It would be a very nice...

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Jefferson Local Customs

  • What's With the Beads?

    I've often wondered how beads became associated with Mardi Gras.I read that the first beads (1920's) used during the Mardi Gras celebration were made of glass or ceramics. Eventually, plastic beads were substituted. I saw big Christmas ball sized beads strung as a necklace, as well as, smaller beads in many colors.The official colors of Mardi Gras...

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  • The Annual Diamond Bessie Trial

    UPDATE: The Diamond Bessie Trial was certainly a novel account of history. My husband and I had tickets for a Saturday evening performance, which included a cast of colorful characters...many who have been in this production for over 20-30 years!The death of a seemingly well-heeled woman in January 1877 caused quite a stir in Jefferson. Especially...

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  • A Mask of Mystery

    Here's my stash of beads and colorful mask. Just when did people begin wearing masks during Mardi Gras?I read that when the French held control of New Orleans in the 1700's, masks were common at balls and celebrations throughout the city. When the flag of The United States flew over New Orleans in 1803, masks were prohibited.It wasn't until 1827...

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Jefferson What to Pack

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    by annabear08 Written Jan 4, 2009

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    Miscellaneous: With as many shops as we would be going in and out of in Jefferson, Mommy opted to put me in my Ergo Carrier to walk around Jefferson. The town was small enough to not need my big stroller, and since the antique shops make you buy what you break, it was easy to keep my hands and feet in control in this carrier. The shop owners definitely liked me when I kept my hands inside the carrier!

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Jefferson Off The Beaten Path

  • Marshall

    Marshall is only 16 miles south of Jefferson. It was one of the biggest and wealthiest cities in the state when Texas seceded from the Union in 1861. There are many historic homes and B&B's and well know for Marshall Pottery which is worth a visit. (see my Marshall page).

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  • Caddo Lake State Park

    Caddo Lake State Park is west of Jefferson in Harrison County, consists of 483.85 acres along Cypress Bayou, which runs into Caddo Lake. The park was acquired in 1933 and was opened in 1934. You can take lake and Bayou tours from Uncertain. This, I thoroughly recommend, it was the best cruise I have taken. It was private and the scenery was...

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    by VeronicaG Updated Feb 8, 2008

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    Favorite thing: We discovered this replica of a steamboat known as the Mittie Stephens at Jefferson's Historical Museum. A ship's bell resting in the museum's basement, is all they have to remind them of a tragic event connected with this boat.

    The Mittie Stephens was first used as part of the Confederacy war effort and she served as a "naval packet' for twelve months. She was sold to civilian owners in 1864, who used her on the Missouri River. In 1866, she began making roundtrips between New Orleans and Jefferson.

    One night as she was steaming along Caddo Lake towards Jefferson in order to deliver her 107 passengers, a torch basket that used to light her way ignited a stacked pile of hay on the deck.

    As the boat attempted to make its way to shore, the sternwheeler continued to crank. Some of the passengers who jumped overboard were sucked into the wheel; others didn't realize how close to shore they were nor how shallow the water was, so burned to death. Sixty three people lost their lives that night and the boat was destroyed. There were about 43 survivors.

    More information on this, see "The Mitty Stephens Disaster" by Archie P. McDonald, PhD on TexasEscapes.com

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