What to do and see in Jefferson, United States: The Best Places and Tips

December 10, 2017 Matilde Konrad

Jefferson is a city in Marion County in northeastern Texas, United States. The population was 2,024 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Marion County, Texas, and is situated in East Texas. The city is a tourism center, with popular attractions including: Jay Gould's Railroad car, the Sterne Fountain, Jefferson Carnegie Library, Excelsior House, the House of the Four Seasons, and the bayous formed by Big Cypress Bayou located in and around the city.
Restaurants in Jefferson

1. The Grove

405 Moseley St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2307 +1 903-665-8018
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5 based on 136 reviews

The Grove

A one-hour tour of one of Jefferson's most historic - and haunted - locations. The Grove is an 1861 home that uniquely mirrors the history of the riverport city... and the ghost stories there go back over 100 years. The history of the home is fascinating; it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. Along with the history, though, you'll hear ghost stories from the owners and find out just what it's like to live in a haunted home. Come visit The Grove for a peek into Jefferson's past... and a few residents who may still be hanging around!

Reviewed By BJWard - Utopia, Texas

The Grove is one of our favorite places to visit when in Jefferson. You can participate in a tour of the house and grounds hosted by owner/author/historian Mitchel Whitington. One of our favorite writers of Ghosts and stories of Haunts, we love to hear his tales about the house and the town of Jefferson. Reading his books, he has a gift for making the stories come alive.

2. Jefferson Historical Museum

223 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2253 +1 903-665-2775
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4.5 based on 159 reviews

Jefferson Historical Museum

Reviewed By cgny1fwd - Houston, Texas

It appears that local people had some incredible collections of everything from arrow points to dolls to carved ivory which they donated to the museum. It kind of looks like a rummage sale but it is well worth wandering through. There are many interesting things from a Lady Bird Johnson dress to a 1920s Atwater Kent radio. And as a bonus - there is a fantastic model railroad in a separate building on the premises.

3. Museum of Measurement and Time

301 N Polk St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2133 +1 903-665-6668
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5 based on 60 reviews

Museum of Measurement and Time

Museum features Land Surveying history, the exhibits feature examples of early surveying dating from the 1700's. Items on exhibit are compasses, transits, levels and topographic tools. Our collection includes, maps, documents and historical items from early America. Our maps feature North America, the united States and Texas from the early 1900's. The tools of early surveyors are on display. Our exhibit of early calculation devices, slide rules and other methods represent the development of mathematic tools. The museum includes an extensive clock collection featuring time keeping devices and calendars clocks. Our displays include items which measure, such as scales and barometers. Our collection of salt & pepper shakers includes pairs from each of the states and many vacation destinations. The collection numbers nearly 1000, all are unique.

Reviewed By Bridgitt D

Very fascinating collection of clocks and measurement devices. An added bonus is the very large salt & pepper shaker collection. The lovely retired couple who run the museum are very friendly and love share their stories with visitors.thank for your review, you are invited for a return visit.

4. Oakwood Cemetery

607 N Alley St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1307 +1 903-665-3733
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4.5 based on 68 reviews

Oakwood Cemetery

Reviewed By JLGlenn

Nice cemetery and well maintained. Interesting history. Got out of car and walked around to see dates and names.

5. Atalanta Jay Gould's Railroad Car

210 W Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2204 +1 903-665-2513
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4.5 based on 60 reviews

Atalanta Jay Gould's Railroad Car

Reviewed By HuskerWife - Plano, Texas

We had Lisa as a tour guide - she was new but seemed to know a lot about the train and history behind it. Tickets were reasonable $5/pp - picking them up across the street at the hotel. We enjoyed the mini tour (we were the only ones on it) - so enjoyed asking tons of questions and learning about Jay Gould and their family... Would recommend!

6. The House of the Seasons

409 S Alley St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2003 +1 903-665-8000
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5 based on 34 reviews

The House of the Seasons

Reviewed By TexasSM - Texas

I want to start by saying that nothing at this B&B would be the same without Shirley. She is amazing. Each time we arrive, there is a delightful surprise. The most recent additions and improvements are unbelievable. You only need to take a look at the House of the Season's website, or Facebook page to see the amazing new greenhouse and landscaping that make you want to stay forever. Breakfast is always special, and the tour of the home is unforgettable. I saw someone's comment about not having the tour. Perhaps there was some "issue" that particular day, or scheduling conflict. There is so much to see and hear on the tour, and we look forward to it every visit, accompanied by Sadie, the friendly kitty, all the way. Ask about the tour when you reserve your room, but if it's not available, it shouldn't be a deal breaker. There's so much more!

7. Jefferson Visitor Center

305 E Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1951 +1 903-665-3733
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Jefferson Visitor Center

Reviewed By DiegoDallas_Texas - Dallas, Texas

The staff at the visitor center were very helpful, and it is a good place to get oriented to what is available in Jefferson.

8. Gone With the Wind Museum

408 Taylor St, Jefferson, TX 75657-2024 +1 903-665-1939
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4.5 based on 14 reviews

Gone With the Wind Museum

Reviewed By Sandra S - Waco, Texas

Here in Jefferson for the quilt show, but I wanted to spend a little time at this museum. A note on the museum's door gives a phone number to call for someone to let you in. The museum's owner lives next door, so it didn't take but a minute for her to appear. She was very friendly and told us all about her museum, which if filled with her personal collection. This is not a tiny room, it is a large building. Hard to imagine one person could collect so much! She has a scaled model of Ashley's plantation home and it even has tiny electric candles, and tiny portraits of Scarlett on the walls. There is a year-round Christmas tree that is covered in GWTW small objects, including a gold Oscar statue. One room features movie posters from around the world. I had no idea the movie had such a world-wide following. A nice place to visit while in Jefferson.

9. Jefferson Ordnance Magazine

Big Cypress Bayou, Jefferson, TX 75657 +1 903-665-7064
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4.5 based on 6 reviews

Jefferson Ordnance Magazine

Reviewed By Samuel A - Jefferson, Texas

I have visited the Jefferson Ordnance Magazine many time over the years and each time it seems the Big Cypress Bayou bank gets closer and closer to the historic building. It is truly a valuable experience to visit such a historic treasure. It can be seen from the river if you are in a boat or from the opposite bank if you are riding on the Historic Jefferson Railway. Hopefully in the near future guided tours may come available. You can visit the HJF website for more information, www.historijeffersonfoundation.com This building has been entered into the most endangered buildings in Texas and donations are graciously accepted to help stabilize the river bank.

10. Old Mill Antiques

210 E Austin St, Jefferson, TX 75657-1904 +1 903-665-8601
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3.5 based on 29 reviews

Old Mill Antiques

The largest antique store in Jefferson Texas. Full of Antiques and miscellaneous items. All happy to help you find what you are looking for

Reviewed By Alison D - Arlington, Texas

After reading the reviews, my husband and I were quite looking forward to browsing around this place. It was a wet and windy Saturday, the roof leaked and it was cold. The place was not impressive at all, full of 'tat' as they say..we were in and out in 15 minutes, you would be much better to spend your time across the street at the Walnut Tree, now they have treasures!!

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