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• Historic Pilgrimage • Battle for Big Cypress Bayou • Big Cypress Corvette Show • Outlaw Nationals Official Visitors Guide for the City of Jefferson, Texas Discover Jefferson & Marion county A Publication of Marion County Media, LLC v5, I2 April, May, June 2024


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find out about Jefferson area! Find Us Online: Discover Jefferson & Marion County is published quarterly by Marion County Media, LLC., partnered with JVCCB ©2021-24 Marion County Media LLC, All Rights Reserved What’s Inside Welcome to Jefferson! ............ 7 Spring Events......................... 9 Outlaw Nationals ................ 10 Jefferson Pilgrimage ............ 11 Battle for Big Cypress .......... 15 Pilgrimage Tour Homes ....... 21 Big Cypress Corvette Show .. 31 Map of City .................... 24-25 Map of Lake O’the Pines . 28-29 Places to Shop ..................... 34 Spring Music Events ............ 35 Places to Hold an Event ....... 36 Tours and Attractions .......... 38 Places to Eat ........................ 40 Places to Stay ...................... 42
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5 The House of the Seasons offers bed and breakfast accommodations and is an exclusive destination for special events and tours. Bed & Breakfast • 4 Suites with King Beds Museum Tour Home & Gardens • Tours are available by Appointment at 11 a.m. • Tour bus and school groups welcome 409 S. Alley 903-665-8000

Welcome to Jefferson:

There’s Lots To Do in Every Season

Welcome to Jefferson, Texas, the Bed and Breakfast Capital of Texas!

On behalf of the City of Jefferson, its citizens and all the residents of Marion County, I want to welcome and thank you for choosing to spend some of your time with us. I hope you enjoy your time in our town and the surrounding area.

We tend to focus on the holidays and specific events in Jefferson as the reason to come and visit, but, in truth there’s plenty of reasons to visit—in any season!

From our museums, tour homes, unique shops and dining, Jefferson is always a great place to get away to.

If you’re planning your first visit, or returning, rest assured, there are things to fit every desire while you’re here – from quiet, romantic getaways, to weekends full of celebration, Jefferson has it all. Either way though, we’ll treat you like family and we welcome you to become part of ours.

Let our Visitor’s Center know how they can help make your visit memorable. We look forward to seeing you!

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Calendar: Spring

Following is a list of events which are scheduled for April, May, and June 2024.


4-6 Marion County Chamber of Commerce Citywide Rummage Sale.

6 Spring History, Haunts and Legends

*History, Mystery and the Unexplained, *Special Guest Speakers, *Book Signings, *Vendors, *Night Time Investigations. Ticket: 903-601-3375

8 Watch the Eclipse Jefferson’s community theatre group is sponsoring a gathering at Lions Park, with set-up beginning around noon and the event lasting through totality. Jefferson is on the edge of the eclipse, so will not have totality. Bring lawn chairs or blankets.

13 Book Signing and discussion. Robert West will discuss and sign copies of his

Events in Jefferson

“5 Star Plan Replacing Politicians with Patriots” at 11 a.m. at Bluebonnet Antiques, 111 W Austin.

19-20 Outlaw Nationals. See story in this edition


2-4 Jefferson Pilgrimage & Diamond Bessie Murder Trial play. See story in this issue

4-5 Battle of Big Cypress Bayou See story this issue.

3 Battle for Jefferson Living History Day, For more information, see www.


May 30-June 1 Big Cypress Corvette Show Weekend. See story this issue.


• Unique Gifts Crosses, Hats, Frames, Ornaments & Nutcrackers for Military, Fire, Police, EMS, Doctor, Nurse & More! Collegiate Gift Items, Tea Sets & Dolls! Handmade Baby & Lap Quilts, Historical Jefferson Afghans, Western Items, Seasonal Flags, Texas Spices, Unique Salt & Pepper Shakers, Knives, Tin Signs, Texas Décor, Biker Gifts, Tyler Candles, Wedding & Annivesary Gifts!

• Classy Clothing & Accessories Sizes (S/3XL), New Jewelry & Purses!

by Roman, Painted Ponies, Fontanini, The Willow Tree Figurines, Disney, Grinch, Peanuts & more!

• Christmas All Year Dept. 56 Lighted Houses & Village Accessories, Special Assortment of Santas, Angels & Nativity Sets!

• Ornaments - For All Seasons & Reasons Old World Christmas Ornaments, Baby, Wedding, Animals, Military, Birds, Jefferson Ornaments & Many More!

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Collectibles Jim Shore, Possible Dreams, Nutcrackers, Snowbabies, Pie Birds, Joseph’s Studio

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24th Outlaw Nationals Roars Into Town

In it’s 24th year, the Outlaw Nationals Car Show is the longest running car show in Jefferson and continues to grow and be an annual tradition in downtown.

This year the show is set for April 19 and 20, and takes over the brick streets with cars of every type – from classics, to vintage, to new, to Ratrods, of all makes and models.

continue the event and add to it each year. There are many vehicle classes to enter. Even if it does not run, if you can get here, bring it!

Awards are given for multiple categories and an auction completes the afternoon’s ac tivities.

The show concludes with a Band and Dance at Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club.

The Phoenix Organization of Jefferson started hosting this event 13 years ago when the previous hosts stepped down.

This event is very popular for car enthusiasts, so it made perfect sense to

Proceeds are part of the annual donation the Phoenix Organization gives to Camp I’m Still Me for burn survivors.

For more information on this event and to register, please visit the website


Jefferson Pilgrimage

‘The Heart of East Texas’

The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club takes great pride in presenting our 77th Historic Jefferson Pilgrimage “Celebrate Spring” May 2­5, 2024. Jefferson sits on the banks of the Cypress River, romanced by our wonderfully and lovingly restored historic homes and buildings while reveling in all of our events and attractions.

We revere our rich history while living enthusiastically in the present, looking forward to the future with hope and promise. We encourage you to enjoy our 77th Historic Jefferson Pilgrimage and everything that Jefferson has to offer during this special weekend.

Diamond Bessie Murder Trial. The 70th Diamond Bessie Murder Trial kicks off Pilgrimage with the first of five performances beginning Thursday evening, May

2, at 7:30 p.m. Other performances of the play are on Friday, May3, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 5, at 2 p.m.

This captivating drama is based on the true story of a murder and a subsequent trial which occurred in Jefferson in 1877.

All performances of the play are held in the Jefferson Playhouse at the corner of Market and Henderson streets. Tickets for the 69th Diamond Bessie Murder Trial may be purchased beginning Feb. 1, 2023 by calling Sandra Hall on the Diamond Bessie ticket-line 903-665-0737. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly advised. Tickets are non­refundable.

Home and Garden Tours. Four beautiful homes, LaMasure, The Schluter House,

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The Manse, and The Vines House, will be open for visitors between the hours of 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Docents, dressed in period costumes, will greet visitors to the homes, giving the history of the homes and the Jefferson families who built and lived in them through the years. Garden Tours: Four lovely gardens, The Finstrom Garden, Moseley Manor Garden, the Azalea Inn Garden, and the Ragland Garden will be open for visitors to enjoy between the hours of 5-7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4. Home and Garden Tour Tickets may be purchased at Pilgrimage Headquarters in front of the Excelsior House, 211 W. Austin Street, beginning at 9:30 a.m. each day. Cost is $25 each. Tickets may also be purchased online at for a discounted price of $24 each. Tickets are


Parade. At 10 a.m. on Saturday an array of floats, old cars, buggies, bands and horses will make its way through town. Mary Keasler and Bobbie Hardy will be the parade Grand Marshals.

Pilgrimage Grand Ballroom & Courtyard Luncheon. After the parade, lunch will be served in the Grand Ballroom and Courtyard of the Excelsior House. The delicious salad luncheon is provided and served by Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club members from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at a cost of $20. Reservations for this luncheon are encouraged; visit www.jeffersonpilgrimage. com. Online Luncheon ticket sales will end April 22. Tickets are non­refundable.

Plant Sale. The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club’s plant sale is located on the porch of the Excelsior House. The Plant

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‘Battle On Big Cypress’

A long-loved tradition continues in Jefferson as Civil War re-enactors plan for another exhibition on the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou.

Originally the Historic Jefferson Foundation sponsored the annual “Battle of Port Jefferson.” It then moved through various organizations for sponsorship. Now, it will continue in private hands on the banks of the Big Cypress Bayou under a new name.

It was an imagined Civil War reenactment of the battle that never happened but very well could have.

“The Battle of Big Cypress Bayou” will take place May 4­5 and organizers say re­enactment units are already submitting their RSVPs.

“Last year was an outstanding success and we plan on doing that year after year” said event organizer Jim McIntosh.

The event will take place over three days on McIntosh’s property on the southeast

corner of Polk St. and the Big Cypress Bayou.

The physical address is 601 South Polk Street and includes usage of the Confederate powder magazine already on the property, a relic from the Civil War.

“The units who have done this before are excited to come to Jefferson,” McIntosh said. “They are getting calls from other units who looking to get back at it. We expect a great crowd and hope to continue to this Jefferson tradition.”

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Jefferson Pilgrimage: Tour Homes


506 S. Friou Street

Originally built in 1919, this delightful example of Southern Creole has recently undergone a complete renovation, creating a unique residence in the heart of I historic Jefferson. Retaining its original character, it features hand thrown terra cotta tile floors, shiplap walls, exposed rafter ceilings, tall glass French doors and windows, and length-of-the house second-floor balcony. Prior to 1940, Pete Henderson built a garage apartment on this property while living in the Episcopal Church’s Rectory, a block and a half away on Friou Street. In late 1946, Pete enclosed the garage of the apartment and made the apartment into a two­story house. In the late 1950s, Pete built Henderson’s Auto Supply, selling and repairing tires, in downtown Jefferson. Peter Henderson, son of Pete Henderson,

was a native Jeffersonian and the retired owner of Henderson’s Auto Supply, resulting from his father’s dedication to the tire business. For over 52 years, Peter was a member of the Jefferson Volunteer Fire Department, serving as Drill Captain, assistant Fire Chief and Fire Chief. For 37 years, Peter served as the dedicated lighting technician for the garden club’s production of the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial. The residence’s current owner is Ben Mauldin.

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Jefferson Pilgrimage: Tour Homes

The Schluter House

602 E Taylor

The Schluter House was built by Frederick Augustus Schluter, one of the first six settlers in Jefferson. The land was purchased in 1847 and construction began in 1850, with completion in 1856.

Mrs. Schluter chose the location, the corner of E. Taylor and Line street because it was the highest point in Jefferson and would not be subject to flooding.

The home remained in the Schluter family until 1948, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Blains purchased it from a granddaughter. The home was later sold to a Mr. and Mrs. Mouton where they lived until 1994. Dr. and Mrs. Donald Whitaker purchased the home from the estate of Mrs. Mouton in 1994. After restoration of the property, Dr. Whitaker had a stroke, and the home sat empty for several years.

Cindy and Larry Pinkerton purchased it in 2004 and made extensive restorations. Many original pieces are among the historic features of the home.

The home continues to reflect the past with impressive double front doors and ornate chandeliers throughout. The pocket doors in the dining room and parlor, and magnificent fireplaces are some of the unique features of the home.

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Jefferson Pilgrimage: Tour Homes

The Manse

401 E Delta

The Manse is registered as the oldest house in Jefferson. The one­story raised cottage is one of the most notable examples of the Greek Revival style in East Texas. It features an elegantly carved sunburst over the entrance, 14-foot-high ceilings with rich crown moldings and original heart-of-pine floors. Originally a two-room home, begun in 1839, the Manse is largely made of cypress wood. In approximately 1850, three rooms were added forming a U­shaped structure.

This home was first owned by Gen. James Harrison Rogers. General Rogers was an important figure in the writing of Texas’ cessation documents. In 1903, his family sold it to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for use as its parsonage. It became known as the Presbyterian Manse.

The Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club purchased the Manse in the 1950s, doing much to restore the property. In 1961, the garden club sold it to Martin Jurow, a movie producer (Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Pink Panther series). They sold it to then CDR Laura Pace Omer, NC, USN, in the autumn of 1994.

Captain Omer undertook significant renovations. Her cousin Gordon Bingamon, AIA, designed the kitchen & the bath.

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Jefferson Pilgrimage: Tour Homes

The Vines House

106 Clarksville Street

The Vines Home was built sometime in the 1860 by an unknown builder, and is named for Sheriff John M. Vines, a Confederate veteran who once lived in the house.

The one-story, five-bay front home is of frame construction with Cypress clapboards, gable roof with plain wide cornice and returns, fluted Doric tetrastyle portico and a rear ell with gable roof.

The home is a typical example of the smaller one-story Greek Revival cottage.

Vines was born in Alabama in 1844. It is not known when he came to Jefferson. Records indicate that he joined the W. P. Lane Rangers, (Company B, 1st Regiment of Texas Partisan Rangers) in 1861. He was mustered out on May 20, 1865, with rank of farrier.

Vines was one of the Jefferson citizens incarcerated in “The Stockade” by Union occupation troops. Vines served as sher­

iff-tax collector for Marion County, 18741876.

In April 1877, he was sent as agent of the State of Texas to bring Abe Rothschild back to Jefferson from Ohio to stand trial for the murder of “Diamond” Bessie Moore (one of the sensational murder trials of the 19th century.) He later served as the construction superintendent for the Jefferson Federal Courthouse, 1888.

He died on July 4, 1914, and was buried at Oakwood Cemetery.

Carol Harrell is the current owner and is restoring the home and looks forward to sharing it with you during Pilgrimage.

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Sale committee has some surprise additions to the sale for 2024. The sale contains many reasonably priced plants, some of which have been started from cuttings of local heirloom plants by the members of the club. Take time to browse from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Craft Fair and Sale. Stroll through and shop the Craft Fair Sale set up in William Perry Park adjacent to the Excelsior House. The Craft Fair and Sale will be open 9 a.m.­5 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday.

Heritage Quilt Exhibit. The quilt exhibit will be held in the beautifully restored Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 501 East Jefferson Street. This outstanding

collection of quilts is free and open to the public Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m.­4 p.m.

Jay Gould Railroad Car. Located on bustling Austin Street across the street from the Excelsior Hotel is the Atalanta, the private rail car of notorious railroad baron, Jay Gould, of New York City. Visit this uniquely furnished car built in 1886 and discover how it came to Jefferson. Tour tickets are $7.50 and can be purchased at the Excelsior House or online at or

For more information, visit our website:, Email, or call 903-4523836.


Big Cypress Corvette Show Cruises In

Jefferson is the type of place where a group of people with a common interests can find ways to use their hobby to benefit others. This is exactly the case with the Big Cypress Corvette Club (BCCC).

Their cornerstone event—the Big Cypress Corvette Show—is set for May 30-June 1, in downtown Jefferson.

The first Big Cypress Corvette Show took place 13 years ago and was designed as a venue for Corvette enthusiasts to show off their rides and educate the public about Chevrolet’s legendary sports car line.

Organizer Hollis Shadden claims Corvettes is not all his club does.

“We came together a few years ago and formed a board,” Shadden said. “We filed our 501c3 and set out to find ways to give back.”

The end result has been hosting car

shows and other automotive events— the profits of which have gone to charity.

“We aim to provide family-friendly events for automotive enthusiasts,” Shadden said. “Our mission is to promote tourism and support local charitable organizations.”

For more information about the Big Cypress Corvette Club, the Corvette Show or to make a donation, contact Shadden at 903-407-7887.

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Jefferson: Places to Shop

Find a treasure or looking for a nick-knack? Jefferson shops have you covered! Courtesy of City of Jefferson–for more information or 903-665-3733.

Bluebonnet Antiques & More, 111 W. Austin St., 903-587-2718

Bohn’s Gift Shoppe/Blackburn Factory Outlet 108 E Lafayette St, 903-665-1128

Calavera Leather & Cigar Co. 110 N Walnut St. 903-578-5833

Calavera Home 112 N Walnut St. 903578-5833

Cross Threads Thrift Store 213 W. Broadway; Mon-Thurs 9-5; Fri 9-4 903601-4425

Dollar General 211 S Walcott St 903-6657300

Estates Sales Antique Store 207 N Polk St

Family Dollar Store 808 N Walcott St 903-665-6770

The Front Porch 303 N Polk St 361-7883369

Foodie Tasting Room 114 W Lafayette St 903-471-0440

Get Your Green On, 119 N Polk St, 713203-9472 or 903-930-9720

GG’s Antiques & Collectibles 216 N Polk St 903-601-5019

Gold Leaf Antique Mall 122 N Polk St 903-665-2882

Hoarder’s Haven, 113 W. Austin St., 903431-0043

Jefferson Antique Mall 224 N Walnut St 903-665-8852

Jefferson General Store 113 E Austin St 903-665-8481

Junkin Is My Jam, 210 N Walnut St., 214-998-4282

LaFleur Couture 312 N Polk St 903-9305060

The Lazy Draft Western Boutique 112 W Lafayette St 903-215-8140

Made In The Shade Boutique 118 E Henderson St 903-665-8966

Myer’s Antique Company 129 N Walnut St 903-665-2762

Nutty’s -123 Polk St 903-664-7021

Old Mill Antiques 210 E Austin 903-6658601

The Old Store Fudge Factory 123 N Walnut 903-665-3562

The Old Vault 215 N Polk 903-601-4428

Port Jefferson Coffee Roasters 116 W Lafayette St. 903-263-8976

Port Jefferson Outpost 220 N Polk St 903-665-8881

Polk Street Antiques 226 N Polk St. 903665-8282

Pop Culture Gourmet Popcorn & Candy Store 120 W Lafayette 903-601-4414

River Rose Boutique 200 W Austin St 903-407-0445

Ron Atwood Gallery 226 N Polk St 318548-9379

Sheality 118 N Polk St 903-471-9674

35 Thursday - Monday 11:30a - 3p Closed Tuesday & Wednesday Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar 903-665-0505 125 N Polk St. Jefferson: Places to Shop cont’d... The Willow Tree 211 N Polk St 903-6014515 Walnut Street Market Antiques 121 N Walnut St 903-665-8864 Ya Ya’s Resale Children’s Clothes, Toys & more 607 N Polk St 903-665-0076 SALONS & SPAS Allay Day Spa 903 -601-1431 110 N Vale Salon Rouge Spa 903-930-5060 318 N Polk St Hair Adise 903-665-7423 201 W Broadway St Jefferson Nails & Spa 903-665-8661 120 N Polk Nadine’s Beauty Shop_903-665-3121 403 E Broadway St Vale Studio Nails and Lashes 903-5780614 403 E Broadway St Want to kick back and listen to great music during your stay? Courtesy of City of Jefferson. Jefferson: Musical Events Medicare•Life•Health• Group Sales Copeland Group Ins/Dickson Agency • 903-665-0508 • 903-238-3502 Angie Capps 17+ years experience Serving Texas & Louisiana Independent Licensed sales Agent McGarity’s Every Thursday & Friday Jennifer McMullen Every Saturday Amelia Blake Auntie Skinner’s April 6 KIM DONNETTE BAND April 13 SNAKEBONE April 20 CJB April 27 INSIGHT BAND May 4 DUSTY ROSE May 11 TEAZUR May 18 REWIND BAND May 25 LOOSEY ANNA BAND June 1 BIRDS OF A FEATHER June 8 DOWN HOME June 15 INSIGHT BAND June 22 CHASIN BENJIMIN June 29 REWIND More Music Added Daily!

Jefferson: Places to Have Events

Planning an event in Jefferson? Want to have a group meeting or corporate retreat? Jefferson has a variety of locations and sizes for your needs. Courtesy of City of Jefferson–for more information or 903-665-3733.

1852 on Austin 124 E. Austin. (903) 601-4457.

Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club and Restaurant 107 W. Austin. 903.665.7121.

Black Swan, 210 W. Austin, 903 665 7023

Bulldog Pizza 603 E. Broadway. 903.665.9499.

The Carriage House, 401 N. Polk, 903 665 9411

City of Jefferson Convention & Visitors Building, 305 E. Austin, 903 665 3733

Collins Academy 500 East Broadway. 903.665.2900

Diamond Don Event Center, 1602 Tx 49, 866-398-2038

Enoch’s Wine & Coffee House 116 N Polk. 903.918.8208

Excelsior Hotel Ballroom & Courtyard, 211 W. Austin, 903 665 2513

Haywood House Restaurant and Cocktail Bar, 202 S Market. 903601-4070

Jefferson Carnegie Library Ballroom, 301 W. Lafayette, 903 665 8911

Jefferson Community Center, 501 Haywood St, (903) 240-9049.

The Jeffersonian Institute, 120 E. Austin, 903 665 2567 or 903 733 1035

Kellyville Community Center 130

Kelly Park Rd. 903.665.2421

The KnightLight Tavern & Olde World Restaurant 202 N. Walnut, 903.665.8546.

1602 Highway 49 East • Jefferson, Tx 75657 Toll-free 866-398-2038
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Jefferson: Tours and Attractions

Courtesy of City of Jefferson–for more detailed information or 903-665-3733

HOUSE OF THE SEASONS HISTORIC HOME TOUR – 409 S. Alley, Daily 11a ($15 per person) *By Appointment* (903) 665-8000

SINGLETON’S VIRGINIA CROSS HISTORIC HOME TOUR 401 Soda St., Saturdays 1p ($7 per person) Call for additional dates & times (903) 665-3938

HISTORIC TOURS OF JEFFERSON 217 W Lafayette St. (903) 665-0359 1 Hour Historic/Scenic Trolley Tours: Sat.-11a, 1p & 4p; Sun. – Fri.: 1:30p. (Additional tours – call for appointment)

JEFFERSON CARRIAGE RIDES and TOURS by Sacred Spur Carriage Company -Horse drawn carriage rides & tours 111 E Austin St. (903) 790-2693 or (903)

504-2715 Fri & Sat -3p-9p; Sun – by appointment.


Jay Gould Railcar Tours: Fri & Sat 1-3p Jay Gould Railcar Tour -$5 (903) 6652513 Call to confirm tour times


223 W. Austin Daily 9:30a -4:30 p


223 W Austin St. (located behind the Jefferson Historical Museum) Monday-Thursday at 11a & at 2p; 6-12 yrs

-$3; 13-17 yrs -$4; 18-61yrs -$7; 62 +yrs -$5 Friday-Saturday 9:30a -4:30 Sunday 12:30p -4:30p (903) 665-2775

MUSEUM OF MEASUREMENT AND TIME 301 N Polk St. (903) 665-6668

-Sun. 1P -5P, Thurs-Sat. 10A -5P, MonWed: by Appt


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Taylor St. (903) 665-1939 Thurs-Sat. 10a-3p or Call for Appointment

HISTORIC GHOST WALK (903) 6013375 Fri & Sat Night; Meets at the Corner of Austin & Vale St.; Gather at 7:30P, Tour starts at 8P

THE GROVE 405 Moseley St,; Known as the most Haunted house in Texas! Tours: Sat. 2P & Sun. 11A; Reservations Required. Call to confirm tour times. 903-665-8018; Admission: $8 www.

LONESOME DOVE DRIVE THRU SAFARI Drive thru outdoor adventure. Feed and observe over 80 exotic animals. Also a “Petting Zoo” and children’s train! Open Wednesday – Sunday, 10:30A to 4:30p

Adults: $16, Children (3-11 yrs) $10, Children under 3: Free; Discounts for 1st responders, military, and educators (903) 665-0053


1100 West Prospect Rd, 6 miles North of Jefferson. Drive-thru safari adventure. Open Sat.-Mon. 10:30-4p www. 903-6654093


O’the Pines – just West of the Spillway; Open 7 Days a Week; Play FREE w/ Park Admission; 18-Hole Course



CADDO LAKE BAYOU TOURS Tours of Scenic & Historic Caddo Lake. Pontoon boat tours available 7 days a week, including sunrise & sunset. Guided fishing trips. Call to set a time: 903-570-2169

OLE’ JIGGER’S CADDO LAKE ADVENTURES Private Lake Tours – Pontoon (1-15 people) or Swamp Boat (4 people). 7 Days a week – including sunset tours 198 W. Sesame St., Karnack, TX Call

to book your next adventure -(903)9306778



-CADDO LAKE Pontoon boat tours of Caddo Lake Adults: 30, Seniors: $25, Children: $20 Departs from Big Pine Lodge; 756 Pine Island Rd, Karnack, TX Fri, Sat, Sun Call for appointment -(903) 679-3020 https://captronswamptours. com/

MOSSY BRAKE CAMP Private tours on Caddo Lake for individuals or groups up to 5 people 612-735-7625


BULLDOG RIDES Golf Cart Rentals –317 N Polk St.; 4 or 6 passenger -903930-4984 or 903-930-4992;

KENNEDY MANOR Bicycle Rentals: ½ day-$10, 1 day-$15, weekend-$25; 217 W Lafayette St., Jefferson, Tx (903) 6650359

MADE IN THE SHADE Golf Cart Rentals with delivery & pick-up, 118 E Henderson St., Jefferson TX (903) 665-8966

RIVERBEND OUTFITTERS Kayak & Canoe Rentals with delivery and/or pickup. Big Cypress Bayou, Caddo Lake, & Lake O’ the Pines Kristi & Jerry Thomas (903)926-0203 www.riverbendoutfitters. com

ROY’S RAILS & RIDES Golf Cart Rentals – 2 seater, 4 seater, and Specialty carts available; 602 N Polk St, Jefferson TX (903) 742-9449


Jefferson: Places to Eat

Courtesy of City of Jefferson–for more detailed information or 903-665-3733 Hours/days of operation subject to change, call to confirm

1852 on Austin - 124 E Austin St Lunch: Wed–Sun, 11a-2p. Dinner: 5-10P; Jazzy Sunday Brunch 10:30AM-2P. Special Live Music Events 903-601-4457

Auntie Skinner’s Riverboat Club and Restaurant 107 W. Austin. Mon & Thurs 11am-10p; Fri 11am-Midnight Sat 11am – 1am; Sun Noon–10p; Closed Tues & Wed 903.665.7121. Weekend Live Entertainment. Lunch Specials!

Austin Street Bistro 117 E. Austin. Gourmet lunch and dinner. A Bistro with a casual flair. Wednesday–Thursday 11a–8p, Friday & Saturday 11a–9p. Closed Sun., Mon & Tues. 903.665.9700.

Big Cypress Nutrition –120 N Vale St, Meal Replacement Shakes & Energy Teas. Mon – Fri 7am–5p; 903-601-5005

The Carriage House BnB – 401 N Polk St. Fri & Sat. 7p. Four Course Dinners by Jessi. Reservations must be made in advance. 903.665.9511

Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant --400 S. Walcott./US Hwy 59 (Next to Oyo Hotel). Open Every Day 11a–9p 903.665.6407.

Enoch’s Wine Cellar & Coffee House –116 N Polk. Espresso, Cappuccino,aericano, Latte, & Tea & of course, a wide variety of great wines Wed Noon-7p; Thurs.–Sat. Noon–8p; Sun Noon-5p 903.918-4108

Enoch’s Stomp Vineyard & Winery 871 Ferguson Rd, Harleton, Tx -Tasting Room, Sat-Sun Noon-8p; Dining, Sun.

Bulldog Pizza --603 E. Broadway. (State Hwy 49) Sunday-Thursday 11a–9p. Friday and Saturday 11a – 10 P. 903.665.9499.


Jefferson: Places to Eat cont’d

Noon-6p 903.240.1587

The Hive, 410 N Polk St. Breakfast, Lunch & Coffee Fresh Baked Goodies All Day! Mon-Sat, 7a-2p 903-601-4463

Foodie Tasting Room-Bistro in the Back, 903-471-0440, 114 W Lafayette St, Tues-Sat, 11a-3p

Joseph’s Riverport Barbecue --201 N. Polk. Open Wednesday -Thursday 11A3P; Friday & Saturday 11a-5p. Closed Sun., Mon., Tues 903.665.2341

Haywood House Restaurant & Cocktail Bar 202 Market St.; Mon,& Thurs 10:30a-10p, Fri 10:30a-Midnight, Sat 9a-Midnight, Sun 9a-10p, Sat & Sun Brunch 9a-2p. 903-601-4070

Huddle House – 549 Walcott (Hwy 59) Open Every Day! Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner 903.665.2643

Kahn Saloon Hotel / Coffee Shop Specialty Coffees, Cookies, Muffins, Snacks; Sun.-Thurs. 8a-2p; Fri & Sat 8a-8p; 903.601.4434

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar --125 N. Polk. Home of the original “Kornbread” Sandwich, Salads, Soups & Pies. Sunday, Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 11a–2:30p. Closed Tues & Wed 903.665.0505.

The KnightLight Tavern & Olde World Restaurant - 202 N. Walnut. Great food, wine, beer, cocktails & music Tuesday–Friday 5-9p; Saturday Noon-9p 903.665.8546

Louisiana Famous Fried Chicken; Open Every Day! 11am – 8p; 203 S Walcott (Hwy 59)

McGarity’s Restaurant & Saloon – 208 W Dallas St. Lunch & Dinner Menus, Also Vegan & Veg. Menus; Specialty Drinks, Beer, Wine, Cocktails. Open Every Day! Mon – Fri 10:30a–Midnight; Sat 10:30a -1a; Sun. 10a-10p Sun. Brunch served 10a –2p 903.601.4407 Weekend

Live Entertainment.

Pop Culture SocieTea & Culture Club

Cafe, inside Boba Teas, Sandwiches, Salad Bar, Mac Bowls, Soups, Cheesecake, Gourmet Popcorn, Sweets and more, Mon-Fri 9a-5p, Sat 10-4. 120 W Lafayette St., 903-601-4414

Port Jefferson Outpost 220 N. Polk “Daily Specials” Breakfast, Sandwiches, Soup, & Desserts Mon – Fri.7a–5p; SatSun. 7a–8p 903.665.8881

Red Bus Cupcakes -302 N Polk St -English double decker bus! – homemade ice cream & cupcakes; Fri-Sat 11a-5p; Sun 11a-4p 903-466-3768

Red Dirt BBQ -150 Gray St. 903-6646032 Wed-Sat 11am-6p “It’s all about the Smoke!”

Serenity Ranch Table 6296 FM 2208; Reservations Required 903-399-0740

Taste of Caddo 201 W Austin St.-Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner ; “Southern Cooking with a Cajun Flair” Tues-Thurs 11a-7p; Fri– Sat 8a-9 p; Sun 8a-3p Closed Monday 903.601.4446

Tony’s Italian Restaurant – 101 Market St Open Every Day 10:30a -9P 903-6014441 Breakfast Mon-Sat 8am; Sun 7am

Fast Foods

Brookshire’s Bakery & Deli – 404 E. Broadway. (State Hwy 49) Take out deli. Open daily. 903.665.3601

Dairy Queen --403 S. Walcott. (US Hwy. 59). Open daily. 8a–10p. 903.665.3682.

McDonald’s --109 S. Walcott (US Hwy 59) Open daily. 903.665.6120

Star Donuts --106 N. Walcott. (US Hwy 59) Donuts, croissants, kolaches, etc. Mon–Sun 5a–Noon 903.665.8941.

Subway – 201 S. Walcott (US Hwy 59). 903.601.5006.


Jefferson: Places to Stay

Courtesy of City of Jefferson–for more detailed information or 903-665-3733


A Touch of Grace (queen), www.airbnb. com/rooms/748736637884146301

A Touch of Grace (king), rooms/748736366731000964

Azalea Inn, 903-601-3375, 203 E Dixon St,

Benefield House, 903-665-9366, 1009 S

Line St.,

Black Swan, 903-665-7023, 210 W Austin St,

Bessie’s Landing, 972-247-3557, 207 S

Alley St,(Pets Accepted), www.airbnb. com/rooms/17824506

Carriage House, 903-665-9511, 401 N Polk St,(Pets Accepted),

Claiborne House, 903-665-8800, 312 S

Alley St,

Delta Street Inn, 903-665-2929, 206 E Delta St,

Green Gables of Jefferson, 903-4071956, 304 W Lafayette St,

House of the Seasons, 903-665-8000, 409 S Alley St, www.houseoftheseasons. com/

Kennedy Manor, 903-665-0772, 217 W Lafayette St,

Old Mulberry Inn, 903-6651945, 209 E Jefferson St,

Steamboat Inn, 951-225-5279, 114 N Mar-

shall St (Pets Accepted), steamboatinntx. com/

Stillwater Inn, 903-665-8415, 203 E Broadway St,

White Oak Manor, 903-665-8185, 502 E Benners St,


Excelsior Hotel, 903-665-2513, 211 W Austin St,

Executive Inn, 903-665-3700, 200 S Walcott St,

Historic Jefferson Hotel, 901-468-3551, 124 W Austin St,

Historic Kahn Hotel, 903-601-4471, 123 W Austin St,

OYO Hotel Jefferson, 903-665-3983, 400 S Walcott St

Vacation Rentals (no breakfast)

Bunkhouse, rooms/675269919875975889

Bayou Riverfront Cottages, 825 Common St, rooms/553258616166062922

Chez Lafayette Guest Cottage, 469-6727218, 305 W Lafayette St, www.airbnb. com/rooms/51554864

Evergreen Carriage House, 405 E Delta,


Come join the CHAMBER!

Established in 1956, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce (MCCC) exists to serve its business members, promote the growth of businesses in the county, and empower the business community to excel in every area.

Chamber members are professionals who understand that when their business prospers, the local community benefits and when the local community thrives, so does their business.

2024 Mixer Dates and Times

• April 23: Pop Culture SocieTea, 5:30pm

• May 21: Magnolia Place, 9am

• June 4: Benefield House

Marion County Chamber of Commerce



E. Austin St
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Jefferson: Places to Stay cont’d

French Cottages, 808-391-0962, 408 Houston St,

Ga La Chateau, 212 Austin St,

Glam Room, 903-930-5060, 318 N Polk St,

Hello Sunshine, 207 S Friou, www.airbnb. com/rooms/715126487147721382

Lillie’s Cottage, 505 E Dixon, www.airbnb. com/rooms/862924411763029322

Iris’s Cottage, 501 E Dixon, www.airbnb. com/rooms/876878078015666081

Lacewing Creative Retreat for Women, 817-466-6674, 1500 MLK St,

La Belle Maison, 903-754-0166, 407 E Jefferson St,

Mama Dean’s Place, 703-909-5508, 404 E Dixon St, rooms/30553956

Main Haus, 903-503-3352, 211 S Main St,

McGarity’s Upstairs Inn, 903-665-0121, 208 W Dallas St, rooms/32900530

McKinley Cottage, www.airbnb/ rooms/54402881

Nutty’s Camp Jefferson, 903-7520883, 123 N Polk St, rooms/50612044

Retro Bungalow, 502 E Baker St, www.

Sandstone Luxurius Cottage, 317-5085523, 406 E Jefferson St, www.vbro. com/2099169

Sandstone Fantastic Cottage, 317-5085523, 406 E Jefferson St, www.vbro. com/2015139

Sara Jane Cottages, 903-241-0683, 306 W Austin St, rooms/12874039

Soda Villa, 507 N Soda, rooms/841251332891683493

The French Townhouse, 502 E Walker St,

The Magnolias, 903-407-7959, 209 E Broadway St, 503 Lake St, 503 Lake St, www.airbnb. com/rooms/46392550

Sweetest Blessings, 1308 Martin Luther Dr,

Villas on Vale, 903-452-1910, 105 S Vale St,

Whistle Stop Train Car & Cottage, 107 St John St, rooms/747890312852809366


Diamond Don’s RV Park 903-742-2041, or 866-398-2038, 1602 State Hwy 49 East,

Jefferson RV Park, 903- 431-0043, 610 E. Broadway St, City of Jefferson RV Park, 903-665-3922, Located behind the courthouse


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