Attractions & Directions

Get a Glimpse of Jefferson, Texas Attractions

All of the following activities including dates and times are subject to change without notice. Please call the contact number to confirm. Locations are all Jefferson,Texas attractions unless otherwise stated.

actandtours

  • Bird Banding at Caddo Lake: Tom Walker: 903-665-8279-Seasonal-Call
  • Billy Carter’s Go-Devil Tours on Caddo Lake: 903-789-3213 Located at Johnson’s Ranch, Uncertain, TX. ($20.00) Call for Reservations.
  • Caddo Guide Service ,903-789-3268, 168 N. Mossy Brake, Uncertain, TX. Tours, fishing guide, duck hunting.
  • Caddo Outback Backwater Tours: Karnack, TX. 75661, 903-789-3384 or 903-679-9138, Personalized scenic tours, photo tours, nature tours, gator tours and romantic tours. Day-twilight-night.(20.00) Call for Reservations.
  • Captain Ron’s Petting Zoo & Gator Park, 903-789-2100. located on FM-2198 just before entering Uncertain, Texas.(Call for Gator Park & Steamboat Packages)
  • Community Walk: Jefferson, TX.
  • Cypress Bayou RV Park & Tipi’s: 866-398-2038, 81602 Hwy 49 E.
  • Enoch Stomp Vineyard & Winery: 870 Ferguson Rd (CR 4312), Harleton, TX. Old World Vineyard and Winery.
  • Graceful Ghost:877-89-Ghost, 903-789-2238. Scenic narrated tours of Caddo Lake. Quiet, relaxing, romantic, Caddo Lake Steamboat Co.
  • Historic Jefferson Railway: 903-665-6400, 400 E. Austin St. Ride an 1870’s reproduction of the “Robert E. Lee” Engine #7 along the Big Cypress Bayou. You can view a Confederate Powder Magazine along the seven-mile tour as well as the historical ruins of the Clark and Boice Sawmill and the first iron foundry in East Texas.
  • Historic Oakwood Cemetery: E. Webster and N. Main Street. The tomb of Diamond Bessie 1877, “The Trial of the 19th Century”.
  • Jay Gould Private Rail Car: 903-665-2513, 210 W. Austin St. The “Atalanta” has a luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen butler’s pantry and bathroom. Ironically, the car is within a stone’s throw of the Excelsior Hotel, in whose register Gould wrote “The end of Jefferson”. Tours from the Excelsior House, 9:00, 12:00, 2:30 and 4:30. $1.00 Adults, Children 50 cents.
  • Jefferson Carnegie Library: 903-665-8911, 301 W. Lafayette St. Built in 1907, one of few such libraries still serving its original purpose.
  • Jefferson Ghost Walk: Corner of W. Austin and Vale St903-665-6289 or 903-445-6460, Saturdays evenings, or by appointment.  Go on an eerie walk through the historic district of Jefferson and visit known haunted sights, and hear the stories of their hauntings.
  • Knightlight Theater: 202 North Walnut St. 903-665-8546. . This is a smoke free facility designed to support the community with entertainment and events.  Comedy, Music, Plays, Wine Tastings, Movies and more!  Check Website for events and performances.
  • Lone Star Carriage Company Of Jefferson: 903-926-8216, Thursday-Sunday. Historical Tours of Jefferson by Horse and Carriage. Specializing in Weddings. Call to confirm hours of operation. W. Austin St.. Located across from the Jefferson Historic Museum.
  • Music City Texas Theater: 108 Legion St., Linden TX . Quality entertainment, ranging from nationally known artists to regional and local entertainers from all genres of music. 903-756-9934
  • Opera House Theater Players: Jefferson Community Theater. 903-665-2310, Russell Building, 121 W. Austin St. Various productions and venues throughout the year.
  •  Turning Basin Bayou Tours – 1001 Bayou St.,(off Polk) 903-665-2222. Located across the Polk St. Bridge from downtown. One hour narrated tour of Texas’ largest inland port. April through October at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 & 4:00 seven days a week. (weather permitting). March-December 12:00 & 2:00.

tourhomes

Several homes are available for tour throughout the year. The 19th century homes offer a look back at Texas history and are unique Jefferson, Texas attractions

  • Excelsior House & Jay Gould Car: 211 W. Austin 903-665-2513 Call to confirm tour times.
  • Freeman Plantation: 22681 State Highway 49 West, 903-665-2320  The graceful Greek revival structure embodies the building style that distinguished so many Louisiana plantation homes. Tours by appointment.
  • Haywood House: 202 S. Market St. 903-256-0254Tour Home, Museum, Event Venue (Receptions, Weddings), Event Coordinator
  • House of The Seasons: 409 Alley St. 903-665-8000. Reservations Required.
  • Singletons Virginia Cross: 401 N. Soda St., 903-665-3938. Built in 1859, a Greek Revival home located in the older portion of Jefferson, close to the Jefferson Historic District, and an easy walk from downtown. Tours are conducted on selected Saturdays at 1:00 pm. Admission: $7.00
  • The Grove: 405 Moseley. 903-665-8018. Guided Tour through one of the historical – and haunted – homes from Jefferson’s past… Join us for an hour-long excursion into the historic old home that has been called “the most haunted house in Jefferson”. Usual Tour Times (but please call to confirm): Saturdays 2:00 PM, Sundays 11:00 AM. Admission: $6.00. No children under 8 years of age, please.

shopping
Antique Stores, Clothing Stores, Specialty Shops, Unique Gift Shops, and more. Shop, without the mall traffic or crowds.

  •  Big Cypress Antique Emporium: 129 N. Walnut St., 903-665-2762. Quality antiques, soda fountain and photo studio.
  • Bell’s Books: 122 N. Polk St. 903-665-2882. Large selection of vintage books.
  • Blessings Books & Gifts:119 Polk St.,  Christian gifts, books & collectibles 903-665-3895
  • City Drug109 W. Lafayette St., 903-665-2521. Old-fashioned soda fountain, ice cream, candy, gifts, cards and more. Continuous operation since 1953.
  • Cooters Spirits: 300 S. Walcott(59 N.) 903-665-1018: Liquor Store, Wine, Beer, Spirits
  • Flowers and Things: 114 W. Lafayette St., – Flower/Gift Shop 903-665-8821
  • Footsteps: 116 N. Vale St. – Foot care products and shoes 903-665- 3338
  • Gold Leaf Antiques: 207 N. Polk – 903-665-2882. Two extensive floors of collectible glassware, furniture, books and CASE®Knives.
  • Haley’s Antiques: 409 S. Polk St. – 903-665-8563 Antique Clocks, repairs and Much More!
  • Jefferson Antique Mall: 24 N. Walnut St. 903-665-8852
  • Jefferson Bottling Works: 203 N. Polk St., 903-665-3736 Antique Glass & More
  • Jefferson Fudge Store: 123 Walnut St- Antiques/Collectibles/Fudge 903-665-3562
  • Jefferson General Store and Old Fashion Soda Fountain: 113 E. Austin St. 903-665-8481-Gifts, Soda Fountain, Nostalgia. Step through our doors and step back in time!
  • Jefferson Images: 108 E. Lafayette St., 903-665-1128 Gifts, Framing, Pottery, & Blackburn Syrup and Jams.
  • Jefferson Knife Co.:215 N. Polk St., 903-665-2882. W. R. CASE Knife Dealer.
  • Jefferson Jewelry: 215 N. Polk St. 903-926-2123. Antique and vintage jewelry and accessories. Authentic period adornments, faux & fines circa 1850 – 1950.
  • Lafayette Gallery: 123 Polk St-903-665-9000
  • Made in the Shade: 118 E Henderson St. ;903-8986, Antiques.: Artisan & Vintage goods, Clothing, Lamp Repair and Custom Shades
  • Mason Dixon Line: 116 W. Lafayette,  903-665-1859
  • Myers Antiques: 129 N. Walnut St.  903-665-2762
  • My Father’s Garden: 805 N.Walcott/59 N., 903-665-6051. Nursery & Gift Shop
  • Old Mill Antiques: 210 E. Austin St.  903-665-8601. Antique Mall
  • OMG Lulu: 116 N. Polk St., 903-665-8855. Ladies Fashion & Accessories.
  • Pat Ann’s  106 N. Walnut St., 903-665-9135.Home Decorating, Gifts, Collectibles.
  • Polk St. Antiques: 226 N. Polk St., – 903-665-778
  • Route 49 Motor Clothes : 610 N. Polk St., 903-665-3349. Full biker clothing store
  • Roys Rails: 602 N. Polk St. 903-665-9900- Model trains, Golf carts rental, sales, parts – accessories
  • TexasTees : 605 E. Broadway St., 903-665-7256.
  • Texas Treasures &Gift Shoppe  214 N. Polk St., 903-665-3757. Handmade Quilts, Antique Glassware, Estate Collectibles, Souvenirs.
  • Three River Antiques: 116 Walnut St., 903-665-9810
  • The Sweatlodge: 324 N. Polk St.-903-601-3420: Native American merchandise,
  • Walnut Street Market: 121 S. Walnut St., Antiques, Architectural 903-665-8864
  • The Willow Tree: 211 N. Polk St. 903-601-4515 Purses, Scarfs, jewelry, Etc.  
  • Yesteryear Nick Nacks: Corner of Polk and Austin, Gifts, Lace, Collectibles, Dolls 903-665-8692

parks

  • Caddo Lake State Park: 480 acres beside Caddo Lake; an area once occupied by Caddo Indians, a tribe quite advanced in civilization. Camping areas, trailer sites, cabins, fishing, swimming, boating, hiking, nature trails and interpretive center. West of town on F.M. 2198 on Caddo Lake.
  • Caddo Lake National Wildlife Refuge: one of more than 500 refuges throughout the United States. The purpose of the 7,500 acre Refuge is to manage, conserve and protect the migratory birds and other fish and wildlife that depend on it. The Refuge organization is an independent, non-profit, 501(c)3 group that: Promotes the conservation of the natural resources of the Refuge. Fosters public understanding and appreciation of the Refuge. Engages in activities that will assist the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in its mission to conserve fish, wildlife and their habitats.
  • Lions Park: Jefferson St. & Line St, – Picnic in the gazebo or picnic tables. There’s also a playground area with slides, monkey bars, swings and more. Also home of “The Enchanted Forest”, a Christmas Tree display.
  • Otstott Park: Downtown Jefferson square great place for a picnic in the gazebo.
  • Thomas Jefferson Park: Austin St., between Polk & Vale Street, Jefferson, TX

museums

  • Gone With The Wind Museum: 408 Taylor St., 903-665-1939. Open Thursday-Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM. Sunday-Wednesday by appointment. Adults $3.00, Children 12 and under $1.00.
  • Jefferson Historical Museum: 223 Austin Street,903-665-2775. Four floors of articles, documents and antiques from bygone era. Open daily. Admission nominal fee.
  • Mason Dixon Line: 116 W Lafayette St, 903-665-1859.
  • Museum of Measurement and Time: 301 N. Polk, 903-665-6668. The museum of Measurement and Time features land surveying and time keeping.
  • R.D. Moses T&P Model Railway: 223 W Austin Street, at the Jefferson Museum court yard, 903-665-2775.

restaurants

  • Austin Street Bistro: 117 E. Austin St.,. 903-665-9700
  • Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club & Restaurant: 107 W. Austin,- Food, Nightclub Bar. 903-665-7121
  • The Bayou Bakery: 201 W. Austin. 903-665-2253.Lunch, breads, bakery.
  • Big Pines Lodge:747 Pine Island Rd.Karnack TX 75661, US903-679-3655Caddo Lake, Restaurant, Catfish, Steaks, River View
  • Bull Dog Pizza ETC: 603 E. Broadway, 903-665-9499. Pizza, subs and more.
  • Don Juans Mexican Restaurant: 400 N Walcott/59.  903-665-6407
  • Enoch Stomp Vineyard ,Winery& Fine Dining: 870 Ferguson Rd (CR 4312), Harleton, TX. Old World Vineyard and Winery.
  • Five “D” Steak house,  AvingerTX. 903-562-1291
  • The Franchise Cajun Restaurant & Sports Bar, 124 E Austin St: Enjoy any  broadcasted Sporting Event
  • Joseph’s Riverport Barbaque: 201 N.Polk, 903-665-2341-Pit BBQ, Catfish, Burgers and Homemade Sides.
  • Jefferson Hamburger Store: 203 N. Market, 903-665-3251
  • Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Barr: 125 N. Polk, 903-665-0505
    Crawfish pies, Cajun Meat Pies, Homemade chicken and dumplings and more.
  • Knightlight Theater-202 N. Walnut, 903-665-8546 Entertainment & Wine Bar
  • Lamache’s Italian Restaurant: 124 W. Austin St. (Inside the Jefferson Hotel) 903-665-6177
  • McGarity’s Saloon: 208 W Dallas St, Jefferson, TX 75657-Fine Dining, Casual atmosphere.
  • Port Jefferson Outpost: 220 N Polk St, 903-665-8881: Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soups & Desserts. Old time candy shoppe and gifts
  • River bend Restaurant:211 PR 2422 Karnack, 903-679-900 Caddo Lake Restaurant, Catfish, Seafood, Water Front, Dining inside or outside

  • Stillwater Inn Restaurant: 203 East Broadway.  903-665-8415 :  Fine Dining.
    Menu selections include grilled seafood and steak, veal specials and roasted rack of lamb.

 

 

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