Top things to do in Jefferson

Top Choice Barbecue in Jefferson

Joseph's Riverport Barbecue

Texas barbecue done right. Order at the counter and retreat to the long wooden tables with your groaning plate of brisket, turkey breast, fried okra, plus sweet iced tea – if you can grab a space from the locals. Th…
Top Choice American in Jefferson

Kitt’s Kornbread Sandwich & Pie Bar

Old-fashioned chicken and dumplings is the savory star at this family-run cafe. But be sure to save room for the pie. All 15 varieties are tasty, but the buttermilk pie is just 'that' much better. Oh, and as you'd s…
Gifts & Souvenirs in Jefferson

Jefferson General Store

A kitschy delight: the old general store is crammed with an idiosyncratic array of Texas-themed souvenirs. When you're done shopping, cool off with an ice cream or soda at the counter. All manner of old-timey sweet …
Steak in Jefferson

Five D Cattle Co

Reasonable steaks and the friendly, down-home atmosphere are worth the drive 15 miles west to Avinger. Everybody knows everybody eating in here in these converted old wooden store buildings; you soon will too.
Cultural in Jefferson

Pilgrimage Tour of Homes

One weekend in May the influential local garden club hosts a home tour of historic properties. It's the event of the year, with accompanying balls, plays and a parade.
Winery in Jefferson

Enoch's Stomp

The wine industry is literally growing in east Texas; several vineyards lie within an hour's drive of Jefferson. Locals favor Enoch's Stomp for its beautiful 35-acre grounds with grassy hills great for picnicking, a…
American in Jefferson

Austin Street Bistro

The tiny, fully visible kitchen turns out artfully presented mains, such as pecan-and-maple crusted salmon, as well as good vegetarian options. All breads, pastries, sauces and such are made here. Look for creative …
Historic Site in Jefferson

Excelsior House

This central, historic hotel was built in the 1850s by a riverboat captain. Famous guests have included US presidents Ulysses S Grant and Rutherford B Hayes, as well as poet Oscar Wilde. Ask about free daily tours o…
House in Jefferson

The Grove

The Grove, a private home built in 1861, had reports of hauntings way back in 1882. Take an hour-long tour with owner and author Michael Whittington, who has written about Jefferson and the town's ghosts. Confirm to…
Museum in Jefferson

Jefferson Historical Museum

The three-story, 1888 brick courthouse contains interesting exhibits on early life in east Texas and the original Caddo Indian tribe. There's interesting detail on the steamboat commerce that built the area. Kids li…