History on Every Street in Jefferson, Texas

The Jefferson, Texas, General Store beckons travelers, tourists and residents with refreshments, clothing and all sorts of other enticements.

Whenever I visit my sister in Tyler, Texas, we go on tours of the many historic towns in her corner of Texas, called the Piney Woods.  On my recent visit, my sister took us (my mother and niece, too) to Jefferson, in the northeast corner of the state.

We happened to go when the city was preparing for its annual re-enactment of the Battle for Jefferson, a Civil War battle.  The re-enactment is reported to be the largest in Texas.  We didn’t see this re-enactment, but we saw many of its participants in town before it began.  You can check out the links below to find out more about this fascinating town, where there is an historic plaque or marker on almost every public building and on many residences. Shortly after the Civil War, which ended in 1865, Jefferson was the six largest town in Texas. Now, although it’s a small town, it retains its historic grandeur. The town, which is in Marion County, was named after Thomas Jefferson, the third president of the United States.

Click on the thumbnails at the bottom of the post to see full-size versions of the collages.

Jefferson General Store

In the upper left, a cat leaves empty pawed from the Jefferson General Store, Jefferson, Texas. Shoppers in Civil War era clothing examine the goods in the general store.

Re-enactors in Jefferson, Texas

Re-enactors in Jefferson, Texas, for the Battle for Jefferson, a U.S. Civil war re-enactment, which takes place the first weekend in May. Some of the many historical buildings are visible in this collage: The Old Post Office, the Marion County Courthouse, Excelsior House hotel; and Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Civil War re-enactors

Participants in the U.S. Civil War re-enactment of the Battle for Jefferson relax and shop in Jefferson, Texas.

History is on Every Corner in Jefferson, Texas

History is on every corner and every street in Jefferson Texas. From the upper left is the Old Post Office, now the historical society; The Excelsior House hotel; The Jefferson Carnegie Library, still operating as a library; and the Sterne Fountain.

Jefferson, Texas.

History on every corner, including old gasoline stations turned into antique stores, markers dedicated to residents who got famous and even old clawfoot bathtubs featured at an antique store.

Jefferson, Texas

Jefferson, Texas, offers tourists a variety of destinations to explore, including the Museum of Measurement and Time and the Jay Gould Railroad Car.

About Jefferson, Texas.

Visit Jefferson, Texas.

Jefferson Carnegie Library.

About the Battle for Jefferson.

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14 Comments

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14 responses to “History on Every Street in Jefferson, Texas

  1. Thank you so much, Patricia!

  2. I haven’t been there in ages! Thanks for the tour. I have relatives on my mother’s side in East Texas.

  3. That must have been entertaining and fun, Catherine. There’s always such a buzz around re-enactments of this kind; a great community spirit.

    • People really enjoy re-enactments. It’s a chance to really becoming involved in learning about their history. I’m more of a bystander, but I learn by taking their photographs and then researching what I just took a photo of. Thanks for your comment!

  4. I love these photos! They give me an idea of what my grandparents’ general store looked like!

    • Thanks, Carolina! I wish we would have had more time to shop this store. It was jammed with fascinating merchandise. It would have been fun to see your grandparents’ general store. Are there any photos?

  5. Wow, C, what a great post. My human and I are great history buffs and we just put Jefferson on the visit list. FL was on the fringes of the Civil War, but we did have one major battle, Olustee. It has a splendid enactment and a three day event that goes with it.

  6. I can’t quite make out the picture (the clawfoot bathtubs), but really, what were those horses doing there? 🙂

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