Jefferson, a city teeming with history and connections with a different time and place, is so much more than a destination stop — Jefferson is an experience unlike any other in Texas.
During just about any time of year Jefferson has something going on, whether it’s a classic car show, live performances, or a special remembrance from the city’s storied past, Jefferson has a little something for everyone all the time.
Jefferson boasts several quality museums telling the story of Jefferson, a city that prospered both before and after the Civil War, but declined after the breaking of the great raft that disconnected to the east and a waterway to New Orleans.
While that conduit was broken, its influence still is visible both in the architecture of Jefferson and the feel of the
community, as visitors can notice horse drawn carriages traveling through the city.
While visiting Jefferson visit these historic museums sure to please the entire family, such as the old Carnegie
Library; Museum of Measurement and Time; R.D. Moses Train Museum; Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum; and the Jefferson Historical Museum.
Other can’t-miss places include House of the Seasons; Singleton’s Virginia Cross Tour Home; Excelsior House Hotel; Atlanta Jay Gould Railroad Car; unique shops, antique stores and so many more.
Speaking of antiques, Jefferson is replete with antique shops specializing in everything from European classics, to primitive farm items — no small town rivals the antique shopping offered in Jefferson.
Take a carriage ride through Jefferson, but also don’t miss a tour through Jefferson’s mystic bayous; or take a ride on the Historic Jefferson Railway.
Jefferson also boasts some of the best restaurants in East Texas, from barbecue to catfish and everything in between — so look to Jefferson for your next vacation get away.