I've mentioned many times that we enjoy visiting museums, so it comes as no surprise that we made a point to tour the Jefferson Historical Museum.
The museum was a wonderful means of glimpsing into Jefferson's past. Several floors of interesting artifacts made our visit an enjoyable one.
The first floor contained items contributed by families connected with the town, which included such things as old photos, maps, a lovely doll collection, China and ceramic pieces, titilating details on the Diamond Bessie murder (see custom tips) and every day objects.
picture #2 The Moseley Art Gallery
picture #3 Shirley Temple Doll
picture #4 Czar Nicholas's tea service used on his yacht
picture #5 The Gun Room
Subsequent floors offered a fantastic collection of Caddo Indian arrowheads and spearpoints, masterpieces of art and fine furniture. The basement area contained more rustic pieces, machinery and such.
A knowledgable docent, named Debbie, filled us in on many details of the town's history. It was a real pleasure touring the museum. The Moseley family figures prominently in its success. Hours are daily from 9:30 am-4:30 pm.
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 doll collection along with art and sculpture. Some neat stuff outside too. Hours are 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM daily. Admission is $7 for adults; $5 for seniors (62 and up); $4 foe teens; $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free under 5.
I did not go to the other two museums I know of in town. There was no reason to go to the Lafayette Street Vintage Car Museum as they were having an outdoor carshow when I visited. I also did not go to the Scarlett O'Hardy's Gone With the Wing Museum. I did want to let you know they exist though.