Heritage, Volume 7, Number 1, Winter 1989 Page: 31
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The Freeman Plantation owned by the DeWare
family. This Greek Revival structure was built
by slave labor in the 1850s. Located on Highway
49 West, this historic site is open for daily
tours (except Wednesday).
Recognized as the "bed and breakfast
capitol of Texas," accommodations are
abundant and varied. Several good restaurants
complete the delightful experience
of taking a trip back in time to a
riverboat town of northeast Texas.
railroad-in essence fighting progress-is responsible
for the present day preservation of
In its "do-it-yourself' tradition, tourism
has become a distinctive aspect of the business
community that sets it apart from other towns
of similar size. No season is without its special
appeal. The annual "Pilgrimage" sponsored by
the Jesse Allen Wise Garden Club is held the
first week in May. The home tours are replete
with costumed docents, and the re-enactment
of the Diamond Bessie Murder Trial is a highlighted
feature. The most frequently visited
grave in Oakwood Cemetery is that of Diamond
Bessie, whose unfortunate and mysterious
story provides perhaps the most haunting
tale in the mythology of Jefferson.
Of equal attraction is the annual Christmas
Candlelight Tour, sponsored by the Historic
Jefferson Foundation and held the first week
in December. Homes are decorated with natural
greenery and candlelight in true Victorian
fashion. Handbell choirs play in the local
churches, and a door and window decorating
contest inspires the town to "dress for the occasion."
Boasting over 90 historical medallions, it is
evident that revitalization and restoration are
the driving force in this small town of under
3000 residents. The charm of the riverfront
district provides a wealth of diversion for visitors,
with its brick streets, historic buildings,
museums and more than 30 antique shops. A
very informative riverboat tour, mule-drawn
wagons and a small railroad that departs from
a restored station are several more of
Jefferson's inviting attractions.
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'DINING & LODGINS
F ine dining at the Stillwater Inn has become an
inviting attraction for discriminating visitors to
Jefferson. Located in an 1890s Eastlake Victorian
house, the chef-owned restaurant offers a continental style
menu with emphasis on fresh seafood, meats and vegetables.
Cocktails and a well-balanced wine list are available.
Comfortably appointed, fireplaces provide a cozy setting
during the chilly season.
Above the dining room, dramatically pitched ceilings,
stained glass windows and skylights distinguish the
upstairs lodging. Three guest rooms, each with private
bath and queen-sized beds (down pillows and cotton
sheets), are tastefully decorated with a blend of
contemporary handcrafted furniture and antiques. A
private cottage with pine floors, vaulted ceilings and a
front porch is also available. A full breakfast is served to
our overnight guests.
RATES: $65 and $75 COTTAGE: $80
We ask that guests please not smoke in the guest rooms.
203 E. Broadway / Jefferson, Texas 75657 / Phone (214) 665-8415
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