Jefferson Texas

The House of the Seasons, one the many fine lodging experiences in Jefferson, TexasThe House of the Seasons, one the many fine lodging experiences in Jefferson, Texas

The City of Jefferson is the county seat of Marion County, Texas, north of Marshall and south of Linden. Nearby are the communities of Uncertain and Karnack.

It is located on U.S. Highway 59 and Texas Highway 49. The Jefferson Zip Code is 75657, and its Area Code is 903. Its population is about 2,000 residents.

Jefferson became a port of entry into the Republic of Texas and then the State of Texas. It was a major shipping port for agricultural products, especially cotton. Obstructions were removed from Big Cypress Bayou in 1845, allowing steamboats to reach Jefferson from New Orleans. Jefferson’s "Golden Era" as a steamboat port lasted from 1845 until 1875.

Attractions and Things to Do in Jefferson

Today, Jefferson is a tourism center, with popular attractions including Jay Gould's railroad car, the Sterne Fountain, Jefferson Carnegie Library, Excelsior House, and the bayous formed by Big Cypress Bayou located in and around the city.

A trip to Jefferson is a journey back through time to a bustling 19th century riverport. Jefferson is a great locale with antique shops lining the original brick streets, horse-drawn carriage tours, and boat trips down the bayou.

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Experience the Historic Jefferson Railway, home tours, Christmas parade and festivities, the Jefferson Historical Museum, flea markets, and rummage sales. On nearby Caddo Lake, ride the Graceful Ghost paddlewheel steamboat and paddle the kayak and canoe trails at Caddo Lake State Park.

The Christmas season is Jefferson is full of events, such as the Christmas parade, candlelight tour of homes, Nauty & Nice Pub Crawl, the Christmas B&B Crawl, and Wassail Walk.

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Hotel and B&B Information for Jefferson

Visitors to Jefferson can choose between a wide variety of excellent B&Bs and other lodging. Jefferson offers hotels and 22 bed & breakfasts, including those listed.

For those visitors with recreational vehicles, check out the Diamond Don RV Park and Jefferson Ice Express and RV Park.

Dining and Restaurants in Jefferson

Those visiting and touring the Jefferson area have a wide choice of dining experiences, with over 25 restaurants to choose from! From Riverport BarBCue to the Austin Street Bistro, from the Bayou Bakery & Cafe to the Stillwater Inn, the options are plentiful.

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Photos of Jefferson Texas

Jefferson Texas Historical Museum (staff photo)
Jefferson Texas Historical Museum

The old stone Texaco gas station in Jefferson Texas (staff photo)
The old stone Texaco gas station in Jefferson Texas

Scene in downtown Jefferson Texas ... "The Golden Era" (staff photo)
Scene in downtown Jefferson Texas

Uncertain Texas ... close to Jefferson TX and Caddo Lake (staff photo)
Uncertain Texas ... close to Jefferson TX

The popular Jefferson General Store at 113 E. Austin Street, downtown ... don't miss it!
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Jefferson General Store in Texas

The Graceful Ghost steamboat on tour in Caddo Lake ... visit the Graceful Ghost website for tour info
The Graceful Ghost steamboat on tour in Caddo Lake

The Government Ditch ... in the Caddo Lake area
Government Ditch ... in the Caddo Lake area

Miles of Spanish Moss along the Government Ditch near Jefferson, Texas
Miles of Spanish Moss in Caddo Lake

Texas state line concrete marker near Waskom (staff photo)
Texas state line concrete marker near Wascom

Map of Jefferson Texas

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Other Area Tourism and Attractions

While visiting the Jefferson area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions around East Texas:

    • Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
    • Caddo Lake State Park
    • Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
    • Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
    • Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
    • Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
    • Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
    • Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
    • Henderson - Heritage Syrup Festival, Howard Dickinson House Museum, Depot Museum, antique shopping, Historic Downtown Square
    • Canton - First Monday Trade Days, Texas Horse Park, Splash Kingdom Water Park
    • Athens - East Texas Arboretum, Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, Cain Center and the Athens Scuba Park
    • Nacogdoches - Spring azalea trails, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden, Mast Arboretum
    • Rusk - Texas State Railroad, Cherokee Civic Theatre, Grapeland Drive Thru Safari
    • Lufkin - Ellen Trout Zoo, Cotton Square Heritage Park, First Street Arts Center, Texas Forestry Museum
    • Jacksonville - Tomato Fest, ATV Mud Nationals, Tops in Texas Rodeo
    • Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Brookshire's Museum & Country Store, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House