Come celebrate this year’s Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage “By Gone Days on the Bayou” and bring the family out for a ride on an antique narrow-gauge train along the Big Cypress Bayou in Jefferson, Texas. The train will depart on Saturday May 1, 2021 at 12:30 and 2:30, from the Historic Jefferson Railway’s Depot at 400 E. Austin. Tickets are available online at www.JeffersonRailway.com or at the depot day of the event.
Every train ride includes a stop at Diamond Don Gator Pit to view daily feedings of live alligators, with photo opportunities. Come see eight live gators jumping for their food.
Historic Jefferson Railway recreates the Golden Era of railroading aboard an antique gas-powered locomotive with narrated historical day trains. As you roll through the history laden Piney Woods, you’ll view a Confederate Powder Magazine and traverse the site of one of the oldest, historical towns in Texas, with historical ruins from the 1800’s. Learn about the unique ecology of the area and hear unique facts about the 74th Jefferson Historical Pilgrimage Tour of Homes.
There are many events and attractions in town from April 29 through May 2, 2021, including Diamond Bessie Murder Trial performances and lovingly restored historic home tours. There will be a parade downtown Jefferson at 10:00 AM on May 1 and a Plant Sale on the porch at the Excelsior House. There will also be a Craft Fair and Sale, Heritage Quilt Exhibit and tours of the Jay Gould Railroad Car. For information on Pilgrimage events, visit www.JeffersonPilgrimage.com.
Bring your RV or tent camp at Diamond Don RV Park, just a short one mile from Jefferson, on the Big Cypress Bayou, keeping you close to the action. Beautiful wooded sites with lots of wildlife. Many of the RV sites have views of the Big Cypress Bayou. Free WIFI, showers, rest rooms and dump station. Launch your kayak or canoe right from the park. Enjoy fishing off the banks of the river.
Jefferson is nestled deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas and seems frozen in time. It is a charming town and an elegant reminder of a bygone era. There are over a hundred buildings in the city with historical markers. Many historic homes offer bed and breakfast accommodations. Dozens of other historic buildings house museums, craft and antique shops and restaurants. Dine, Shop, Stay and Play. There is a lot to do in Jefferson!
Historic Jefferson Railway is located at 400 E. Austin in Downtown Jefferson, Texas. Visit DiamondDonEmpire.com for more information. The Diamond Don Empire family of companies, owned by Diamond Don Rainey and Francene DePrez Rainey, includes Diamond Don Racing, Diamond Don RV Park, Diamond Don Event Center and Historic Jefferson Railway.