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Jefferson, Texas
305 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-3733
www.visitjeffersontexas.com
Jefferson, Texas

Attractions in Jefferson 

Jefferson’s charms lie in its rich collection of historic attractions and its place on the Texas map. The latter lends it proximity to two beautiful lakes located just a short drive away, as well as convenient access to the casinos and resorts in nearby Shreveport. As for the former, there are more than 100 historic homes and buildings spread across the area just waiting to be seen by foot, horse-drawn carriage, boat, or train. Mix in a few quirky museums and an old-timey general store, and you’ve got the makings of a one-of-a-kind Texas town. Below are just a few of the top attractions in Jefferson. 


Caddo Lake State Park
Spend your days exploring a maze of bayous and ponds, and your nights in one of the cozy cabins offered at Caddo Lake State Park. The lake is one of the most diverse fishing spots in all of Texas, with abundant populations of largemouth and white bass, crappie, and sunfish.  
245 Park Road 2
Karnack, TX 75661
(903) 679-3351


Claiborne House
Built in the mid-1800's, Claiborne House is a romantic bed and breakfast featuring antique furnishings, 40-foot porches, and full Southern gourmet breakfasts. Adults only.
312 South Alley
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-8800


Excelsior House Hotel & Jay Gould Railcar
Oscar Wilde, Ulysses S. Grant, and Rutherford B. Hayes are just a few of the famous folks who have hung their hat at this historic hotel since it opened in the late 1850's. It still features the rosewood and mahogany furniture that helped develop its elegant ambiance, with a few updates like Wi-Fi and cable TV added for 21st-century travelers. The hotel sells tickets for tours of railroad magnate Jay Gould’s private rail car located across the street, a fascinating exhibit led by knowledgeable docents.     
211 West Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-2513


Historic Jefferson Railway
Climb aboard the railway’s gas-powered Plymouth Locomotive for a magical ride through the scenic Big Cypress Bayou woods. For the railway’s popular special events, like Rail of Lights Christmas and New Year's Train, the restored steam locomotive named the Robert E. Lee is put into service.    
400 East Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(866) 398-2038


House of the Seasons
Take in the lovely Victorian Garden and beautiful interior design of this Greek revival bed and breakfast from the 1870's and you’ll understand why presidents and first ladies have made it their lodging of choice in Jefferson.
409 South Alley Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-8000


Jefferson General Store
Jefferson’s beloved General Store has been a local favorite for pecan pralines, root beer floats, and nickel songs on the new-fangled jukebox since the 1870's. It is open seven days a week, so make sure to stop in for some retro candy and vintage toys. 
113 East Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657


Jefferson Historical Museum
Four floors worth of history await you at the museum of the Jefferson Historical Society, set in what was once the federal courthouse building constructed in 1890. Beautiful artifacts and relics from Marion County and around the world tell the story of Jefferson’s heyday as “Baghdad on the Bayou.”
223 West Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-2775


Lone Star Carriage Company
Grab that special someone and take a relaxing carriage ride to Jefferson's most historic and beautiful sites. Trips are offered for both a half-hour and full hour. 
222 West Austin Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 926-8216


Museum of Measurement and Time
Peruse an extensive collection of American clocks, surveying tools, and salt and pepper shakers at this museum on Polk Street. Proprietors Johnny and Edith Ingram make your visit memorable with personal stories and rich knowledge of the items on display. 
301 North Polk Street
Jefferson TX 75657
(903) 665-6668


Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum
Owner Bobbie Hardy shares her extensive collection of lithographs, figurines, posters, dozens of versions of the eponymous book, and more with fellow fans of Gone with the Wind. The museum is open normal business hours Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday through Wednesday by appointment.
408 Taylor Street
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-1939


The Grove
In addition to being one of the most historic tourist attractions in Texas, this 1861 home is also “the most haunted house in Jefferson.” Reserve an hour-long tour and hear tales of the mysterious Lady in White, the hurried man in the garden, and the other spooks and spirits that many claim to have seen or heard on the grounds over the years.
405 Moseley Street
Jefferson, TX 75657


Turning Basin Riverboat Tours
Hear one of the enthusiastic tour guides bring the history of Jefferson to life as you float along the waters of the Big Cypress Bayou. Trips take about an hour and run Tuesday through Saturday, with Sunday and Monday available to groups by reservation.
Polk Street Bridge
Jefferson, TX 75657
(903) 665-2222

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Jefferson, Texas
305 E. Austin
Jefferson, TX 75657
903-665-3733
www.visitjeffersontexas.com
Jefferson, Texas

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