Things To Do in East Texas

Visiting Jefferson is always an adventure. Whether it is your first time or you are a seasoned visitor, Bed of Roses Bed and Breakfast is the perfect place to stay while you explore the area. At one time Jefferson was the biggest water port in the state of Texas with more than 30,000 residents living and working in town. The big riverboats brought countless newcomers upriver from New Orleans to the west traveling with their families in search of a better life. Today with only about 2000 residents, we are a thriving small town in East Texas that has some of the best preserved historical homes and buildings in the state.

We have so many attractions, you can spend any day of the week enjoying them. There is the Historical Museum, where you will learn more about the Caddo Lake, the famous historical figures that came and went. A few of those include Jay Gould, who was reported to have placed a curse on the town when he was turned down by the council to build a railway through Jefferson; Lady Bird Johnson, who was moved from Karnack to Jefferson when she was a young girl for her school years; and Diamond Bessie and her husband Abe Rothschild, Bessie was found murdered in the woods on January 19, 1877. This prompted 3 murder trials for Abe, but he was never found guilty.

Our downtown area has plenty of shopping; you can find just about anything here. We have many antiques shops, some are best known for architectural items such as old doors, windows, keys and building materials. Some are best known for dishes, cups, dining room items, and to house all those items, you may even find a buffet or china cabinet. Now if you are a kid at heart you will want to visit the Jefferson General Store where you will delight in old-fashioned candies, an ice cream parlor, handmade pralines or even 5 cent coffee daily.

Just a few miles from town you can drive to Uncertain, Texas for a swamp boat tour of Caddo Lake with its Spanish Moss covered Cypress trees. There you will see many birds, and maybe if you are lucky, you may even see an alligator or two.

Many weekends we even have a festival or two going on in town. A few of those are Texas Sounds International Music Awards, The Taste of Jefferson, Candlelight Tour of Homes, Pilgrimage and Civil War Days, Outlaw Nationals Rod Car Show and Diamond Dons Vintage Motocross Race. If you are not coming for any special event, never fear there are plenty of attractions to see and do. The famous Ghost Walk Tour and the train ride on the Historic Jefferson Railway are always crowd pleasers.


Jefferson has some of the best shopping around. You will find antique dealers to boutiques. Some favorites are the Jefferson General Store and Made in the Shade.


If you like fine dining, we have some of the best from McGarity’s Saloon to the Stillwater Inn. Joseph’s Riverport Bar-B-Que has been in the top 10 in the state for many years. And then there is Kitt’s Kornbread, which is a very unique diner that you have to try to believe it.


The Jefferson Historical Society & Museum is the best for getting to know the area. Then there is Scarlett O’Hardy’s Gone with the Wind Museum that is the finest private collection I have ever seen.