A modern dam maintains the state's only natural lake. Canoeists, anglers and boaters explore the picturesque maze of bayous, thick with ancient bald cypress trees. The park includes fully restored CCC pine-log cabins. Admission charge. Off Texas 43, 15 miles northeast of Marshall. www.tpwd.state...
Guests of this 19th-century hotel, opened in the late 1850s, included Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, Jay Gould and Oscar Wilde. Guest rooms feature period furnishings, many original to the hotel. Tours usually at 2 p.m. daily. 211 W. Austin St. www.theexcelsiorhouse.com
Many of the city's fine old homes are open during the Historical Pilgrimage the first weekend in May and Candlelight Tour the first two weekends in December. Most are in the National Register of Historic Places. Tours are available. www.jefferson-texas.com
This 1861 cotton warehouse was converted to a hotel in 1900 and later restored as a country inn and restaurant. It features turn-of-the-century iron beds, Victorian dressers and rocking chairs. 124 W. Austin St. www.historicjeffersonhotel.com
Climb aboard an authentic narrow-gauge steam train along Jefferson's Big Cypress Bayou and travel an eight-mile route through the woods. Offers day excursions and Ghost Train rides. Reservations recommended. 400 E. Austin St. www.jeffersonrailway.com
Built in 1872, this is an example of the transition period between Greek Revival and Victorian architecture. Each side of the cupola features a different window panel illustrating the four seasons, and those colors are reflected throughout the house. Tours at 11 a.m. daily; appointment required....
The "Atalanta" has a luxurious interior with four staterooms, lounge, dining room, kitchen, butler's pantry and bathroom. Open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. daily. Admission charge. www.theexcelsiorhouse.com
Built in 1907, this is one of few such libraries still serving its original purpose. The second floor was designed as an opera house. Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat. 301 W. Lafayette St. www.jeffersoncarnegielibrary.com
Find four floors of documents and antiques, including mementos of pioneer days, early steamboat commerce and antebellum society. See paintings and sculpture from the D.D. Feldman collection. It also has an outstanding doll collection. Open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily. Admission charge. 223 W. Aus...
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