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Port Jefferson Outpost
220 N. Polk St.
Additional parking at corner of Polk and Henderson Streets adjacent to Red Bus Cupcakes.
Watch this video with scenes from Jefferson Candlelight Tour of Homes in years past.
James B. Dotson purchased this corner lot in 1860 and began building. The Dotson Home Place is a simple hipped roof structure with a central hall and floor plan typical of early Texas Greek Revival architecture. Improvements by previous owners (a main bedroom and two baths while conserving its architectural integrity) inspired the current new owners to add a significant carriage house and a bricked courtyard with inviting new gardens.
The unique and multi-colored Steamboat Inn stands out as a symbol for preserving the best of the region's vintage homes while simultaneously offering modern comforts. In theme, style & décor, the Steamboat Inn honors Jefferson's riverboat past from the 1800s. The colorful inn was built in 1992 incorporating salvaged materials and antiques from historic homes in the area. Owners Lana and Alex Mushik have re-created the quaint, historic look of a stately home from a bygone era.
The Terry-McKinnon house was built in 1880 by one of Jefferson's leading cotton brokers, S.D Rainey. The two-story Victorian style home contains the original coal-burning fireplaces, the original heart-of-pine flooring and grand staircase. The current owners, Ted and Kay McKinnon, have lovingly restored this beautiful home & are excited to share it with you.
This Private Rail car, Atalanta, is named for the Greek Goddess of speed. Jay Gould was personally involved in details of the car built in1866 by American Car and Foundry of St. Charles, MO. Boasting an 88-foot length and 11-foot width, built all of wood, the car accommodated six passengers in four staterooms. Very minor alterations have been made to the car which has original solid brass fittings, and interior walls of mahogany and Ceylonese satinwood. Original heating and electrical components remain in place though non-operational. Atalanta is lovingly owned and preserved by Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club.
Stroll through 115 Decorated and Lighted Christmas Trees at no charge. Various individuals, families, businesses and organizations decorate these endearing trees in support of the Jefferson Lions Club.
The Enchanted Forest is located in Lions Park at 502 E. Jefferson Street.
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Come celebrate our 41st Candlelight Tour of Homes®. This Jefferson event is among the top Christmas events in east Texas, welcoming visitors from Shreveport, Texarkana, Longview, Marshall, Tyler, and beyond. Whether you are planning a day trip or a weekend stay, enjoy our unique holiday festivities. Your ticket allows you to visit the homes on any date. Buy tickets now...
The Historic Jefferson Foundation wants you and your friends or family to enjoy seeing beautifully decorated residences reflecting the grandeur of an elaborate Victorian theme or matching the period of the home. In addition to visiting lovely homes, there are many special local attractions:
Enchanted Forest – Stroll through 115 Decorated & Lighted Christmas Trees at no charge. Various individuals, families, businesses, and organizations decorate these endearing trees in support of the Jefferson Lions Club.
The Enchanted Forest is located in Lions Park at 502 E. Jefferson St.
Learn more about the many places to stay and holiday activities in Jefferson during the Candlelight Tour of Homes by visiting Jefferson-Texas.com, Jeffersonian Online, or VisitJeffersonTexas.com. Here's a brief list:
• Billy Carter's Caddo Guide Service & Go-Devil Tours
• Gold Leaf Antiques
• Johnson's Ranch Marina Caddo Lake Boat Tours
• Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar
• Mini Cabins at Lakeview on Caddo Lake
• Nutty's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter
• Polk Street Antiques
• Singleton's Virginia Cross House Home Tours
• The Cumberland Presbyterian Church of Jefferson
• The Historic Jefferson Hotel
• The KnightLight Theater & Tavern
• The Museum of Measurement and Time
• The Old Barn Antiques & Collectibles
Thank you to KTAL Ch. 6 Shreveport/Texarkana for the live broadcast and donated advertising.
Candlelight Tour of Homes is produced, hosted, organized, and directed by the Historic Jefferson Foundation, a non-profit charitable 501(c)3 corporation.
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