Jefferson Texas

The House of the Seasons, one the many fine lodging experiences in Jefferson, Texas
The 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 in 2020 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 Jefferson Historical Society Museum, Sterne Fountain, the 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.

This pre-Civil War town with its scenic streets, charming restaurants, quaint bed & breakfasts, and picturesque landscapes is the perfect setting for weekend getaways, weddings or other trips and evenst.

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 Captain Ron's tour boat into the nearby swamps 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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The old stone Texaco gas station in Jefferson Texas (staff photo)
The old stone Texaco gas station in Jefferson Texas

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 bed & breakfasts, including those listed and reviewed below at TripAdvisor.

Delta Street Inn

White Oak Manor Bed & Breakfast

Carriage House Bed & Breakfast

Other Jefferson Hotels and Bed & Breakfasts


Vacation Home Rentals

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RV Parking

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


Scenes Around Jefferson Texas

Jefferson Texas Historical Museum

Jefferson Historical Society Museum

The museum building was constructed in 1888 - 1890 as a Federal Courthouse and Post Office, remaining in use until 1961. It was purchased by the Jefferson Historical Society in 1965 to be the permanent home of the museum.

The museum was formed for historical and literary purposes, including the discovery, collection and preservation of books, pamphlets, maps, genealogies, portraits, paintings, relics, manuscripts, letters, journals, and and all articles and materials which pertain and relate to the history of Jefferson and Marion County, Texas.

 The museum is a great place to begin your visit to Jefferson and learn more about the history of this fascinating city.

Located at 223 West Austin Street in Jefferson. Phone 903.665.2775, or

visit the Jefferson Historical Society Museum website for more information


Mural 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 in Upper East Texas

Captain Ron's Swamp Tours

Captain Ron's Swamp Tours

Take a tour on a 28-foot pontoon boat for an entertaining tour of Caddo Lake’s unique and diverse ecosystem. The covered boat seats up to 16 people comfortably.

Enjoy some good humor, history, and wildlife in one of the largest water forests in the world!

Captain Ron's website for tour info

Captain Ron's Swamp Tours
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Spanish Moss along Government Ditch in the Caddo Lake area
Miles of Spanish Moss in Caddo Lake

Jefferson General Store

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

visit the Jefferson General Store website for information

Jefferson General Store in Texas

Caddo Lake

Caddo Lake is a 25,400 acres lake and wetland on the border between Texas and Louisiana, in northern Harrison County and southern Marion County in Texas and western Caddo Parish in Louisiana.

Caddo Lake in East Texas

This lake was the only natural lake in Texas until it was artificially dammed in the early 1900s when oil was found and for flood control in 1914. A new dam replaced the old one in 1971.

Some of the cypress trees in the swamp are more than 400 years old.

The average depth of the lake is 8 to 10 feet, with the deep water in the bayou averaging about 20 feet. The lake contains 71 species of fish, and it is especially good for crappie and largemouth and white bass.

The denseness of the swamp creates an inviting maze for paddlers in kayaks and canoes. On the Texas side, at Caddo Lake State Park, there are 10 kayak/canoe trails, with names like Hell's Half Acre, Cathedral Trail, Old Folks Playground and Turtle Shell Trail. The trails are marked, and maps are provided.

For more information on the park, located at 245 Park Road 2, Karnack, TX, phone 903.679.3351

Interactive Map of Jefferson Texas

Map Showing the Location of Jefferson in Upper East Texas

Map Showing Location of Jefferson in East Texas


More Jefferson Information

Jefferson - Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Visit Jefferson Tourism Department

City of Jefferson

Annual Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage

Cypress River Airport in Jefferson

Jefferson Independent School District

Marion County

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Other East Texas Attractions and Things to Do

Texas state line concrete marker near Waskom
Texas state line concrete marker near Wascom

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, Tops in Texas Rodeo
    • Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House