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Events & Attractions in Jefferson, Texas

Step back in time and experience the charming historic town of Jefferson, Texas. Full of Southern grace and romance, today's Jefferson is reminiscent of its heyday with its original brick streets lined with antique shops and restaurants ranging from casual to fine dining.


Knightlight Theatre and Tavern - or call 903-665-8546 Serves steak, seafood, pasta, and burgers on an open grill and many other items. Offers a full bar and great service. Also features a large covered outdoor deck so your four-legged friends can join you.

Haywood House Restaurant & Cocktail Bar - or call 903-601-4070 From the Well Room to the Snug Booth the Haywood House is truly a must-see. Offering Euro-American cuisine and a full bar and wine list.

1852 on Austin - or call 903-601-4457 Upscale menu featuring steaks and seafood, chef’s vision is “Elevated Comfort Food”. Open lunch and dinner Wed. thru Sat. and Sunday Brunch. Full bar and wine list.

Stillwater Inn - or call 903-665-8415. Fine dining. Reservations are required. A perfect spot for a special occasion…A 26-year tradition!

5D Cattle Company SteakHouse and Meat Market - or call 903-562-1291. Best steakhouse in East Texas only 15 minutes from Jefferson in Avinger, Texas

Auntie Skinners Riverboat Club and Restaurant - Auntie Skinners on Facebook or call 903-665-7121. Live entertainment. Call for an entertainment schedule.

Austin Street Bistro - or call 903-665-9700. Gourmet lunch & dinner. A bistro with a casual flair.

Riverport BBQ Riverport - Bar-B-Que on Facebook 903-665-2341. THE best BBQ in East Texas. Famous for Pit BBQ, Catfish, Burgers and Homemade Sides.

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar - or call 903-665-0505 Home of the original “Kornbread” sandwich, salads, soups, and pies.

McGarrity’s Restaurant & Saloon 61 - or call 903-601-4407 Serves New American cuisine with international influences.

Big Pine Lodge - or call 903-679-3655. Catfish and steaks on the shores of Caddo Lake.

Taste of Caddo - 903-601-4446 Down home southern food featuring fried catfish, burgers, and chicken fried steaks.

Riverbend Restaurant - 903-679-9000. Fried Catfish and other East Texas classic cooking on the bend of the Big Cypress Bayou where it flows into Caddo Lake in Uncertain, Texas. Sit on the patio under the Spanish moss and enjoy watching the boats go by.

Don Juan’s Mexican Restaurant - 903-639-1729 Local tex-mex fare-open 7 days a week.

Roma’s Italian Restaurant - 903-601-4441 Authentic Italian pasta and pizza.

Local Attractions, Museums, & Historic Home Tours

Historic Tours of Jefferson - A one-hour guided shuttle tour of the downtown historic district, including the old business district, historic homes, and a trip out to Oakwood Cemetery. Go to to book, or call (903) 665-0359 to reserve, or 'Book Now' via the Facebook page (Historic Tours of Jefferson).

The "Original" Historic Jefferson Texas Ghost Tour - A 2-hour narrated walk through historic Jefferson with haunted and historic stories. Call (903) 665-6289 for information. Can book online at

Made in the Shade - Golf Cart Rentals. Call (903) 665-8966 to reserve.

Jefferson Golf Carts - Golf Cart Rentals. Call (903) 665-9900 to reserve your golf cart for the day or weekend.

Turning Basin Riverboat Tours - A one-hour narrated tour of the Big Cypress Bayou. Call (903) 665-2222 to reserve.

Made in the Shade Kayak & Canoe Rental - Paddle through the Big Cypress Bayou by kayak or canoe. Free shuttle from any Bed & Breakfast or Historic Hotels in Jefferson. Drop off and pick up at the boat ramp. 2 hours, 4 hours, or all-day rentals are available. Call (903) 665-8966 to reserve.

Howe Truss Train Trestle - Built in 1897, it is the only remaining Train Trestle of its kind in the world. It is lit up each evening from Dusk to Dawn for viewing.

Lonesome Dove Exotic Drive-Through Safari - Call (903) 240-6180 for information.

Lonesome Dove Trail of Lights - December 1-31, 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm. Call (903) 240-6180 for information.

Busy B Ranch Wildlife Park - Call (903) 665-4093 for information.

Jefferson Texas Horse & Carriage Rides - Call (903) 790-2693 to reserve.

Historic Jefferson Railway - Call (866) 398-2038 for schedule and pricing.

Jefferson Historical Society and Museum - or call 903-665-2775. Four floors of Marion County and Jefferson history.

Museum of Measurement and Time - or call 903-665-6668. Private collection of Johnny and Edith Ingram of maps, clock, and surveying equipment. Admission is free and donations are welcome.

Jefferson Carnegie Library - or call 903-665-8911. An original Carnegie Library built in 1907.

The Grove Home Tour - A one-hour guided tour of one of the most haunted homes in Jefferson. Tour times: Saturday @2:00 pm and Sunday @11:00 am. Call (903) 665-8018 to book. Reservation required.

House of the Seasons - 903-665-8000 The House of the Seasons was built in 1872 during the glory days of Jefferson, the largest inland port in Texas at that time. Colonel Benjamin H. Epperson who built the house was a prominent lawyer, political leader, entrepreneur, and confidante of Sam Houston. Available for tours. Call for reservations. The house is a fine example of the transition period between the Greek Revival and Victorian styles of architecture. The most unique features of the house are the cupola and the murals. In the cupola, under the picture, each wall contains a different colored stained glass that creates the illusion of the seasons of the year.

Gone with the Wind Museum - or call 903-665-1939. A 1,700-square-foot museum, dedicated to Gone With the Wind, features one of the world’s largest private collections of memorabilia from this epic story of the Old South.

Singleton Virginia Cross Home Tour - or call 903-665-3938. Historic antebellum home furnished with antiques of the period. Guided tour of the home at 1.00 PM on Saturdays.

Excelsior House Tour - or call 903-665-2513. The Excelsior House is the second oldest continuously running hotel in the state of Texas. The Excelsior House is open for tours on weekdays at 2 pm and at 1 pm and 2 pm on weekends.

Ruth Lester Playhouse - or call 903-665-2513. Built in 1860 and having been everything from a convent to a Jewish Synagogue, the Ruth Lester playhouse has been lovingly restored and is full of period antiques.

Jay Gould’s Rail Car Atalanta - or call 903-665-2513. The “Atalanta” has a luxurious interior with four staterooms, a lounge, a dining room, a kitchen, a butler’s pantry, and a bathroom. Open daily 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Civil War Powder Magazine - or call 903-665-3733. Join Jefferson’s Tourism Director, Jeff Campbell, for an out-and-back walk for an “Across the Bayou View” of the Jefferson Confederate Powder Magazine. The structure is the only surviving powder magazine in Texas. The walk is approximately 1/3 Mile each way. Reservations are required.

Antiquing & Shopping

Blackburn’s Factory Outlet - call 903-665-1128. Factory Outlet Store for Blackburn’s jellies, preserves and syrups, gift baskets, custom framing, local cookbooks, knives, pottery, and gift items. UPS Shipping Outlet.

Brayden and Co Antique Mall - or 903.665.2762 Upscale antique furnishings.

G G’s Antiques - call 903-601-5019 Large collection of antiques.

Gold Leaf Antiques - call 903-665-2882. Two floors of collectible glassware, furniture, books, and CASE® Knives.

Jefferson General Store - or call 903-665-8481. Authentic general store with a soda fountain, old-time toys, and gifts. Fresh-made pralines & candy counter. Texas souvenirs. Famous Moody Dogs.

Jefferson Antique Mall - or call 903-665-8852. Retail-Antiques-Collectibles-Miscellaneous. 18 dealers under one roof.

Jefferson Fudge Store - or call 903-665-3562. Offer a wide variety of homemade fudge, candies, jellies, jams, and preserves as well as a wide selection of gifts, collectibles, and antiques.

The Front Porch - call 361-788-3369 Unique gifts, Bigfoot items, and more.

The Old Vault - call 903-601-4428 Large collection of antiques and collectibles.

The Jefferson Outpost - Antiques, collectibles, and gift shop. Includes a cafe, ice cream, fudge, and malts.

Made in the Shade - Boutique, unique fashions, jewelry, home decor, and gemstone mining.

Old Mill Antiques - 20,000 sf of antiques and collectibles.

Texas Treasure - call 903-665-3757. Wind spinners, homemade quilts, rustic custom stars, Texas Souvenirs, College Collectibles, and more

Three River Antiques Antiques and Collectibles - 10,000 square feet of antique furniture, pottery, books, depression glass, old tools, railroad lanterns, and signs.

Walnut Street Market - antiques and collectibles including a large assortment of old doors and windows.

Willow Tree - or 903.601-4515 The Perfect gifts for all occasions.

Yesteryear Nick Nacks - or call 903-720-8692. Gifts, collectibles, Christmas all year. Trendy clothes and shoes for ladies. New jewelry.

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1009 South Line St.
Jefferson, TX 75657