Jefferson Texas was a major river port to the West for products and immigrants. Jefferson was named after President Thomas Jefferson. It is located in northeast Texas in the Cypress Valley.
Today Jefferson Texas is a small yet busy little country town. Its the pride of Marion County. There are countless festivals and events every weekend, it is loaded with very cool antique shops, a general store that is a must see with an old fashion ice cream counter. A museum open to delight most anyone, Steam Engine Locomotive trips, Riverboat trips, Ghost Tours on the weekends. And yes, if you dare. The world famous “The Very Haunted Jefferson Hotel!”
The Jefferson Hotel
Are you brave enough to stay here overnight on you next family vacation. There are plenty of folks willing to do just that.
At a time when steamboats overloaded the waterways from New Orleans to get here, it was nearly impossible to get a room at The Jefferson Hotel. Last minute travelers were out of luck. Although it was for a time “The Hangout” for the wealthy, for this period in time it was a very affordable option for a hotel stay. You would find factory workers and farmers, vacationing families with small children rubbing elbows with the very rich and famous. This must have added to the charm and popularity. For a brief stint after the damm was erected it was used to store hay. At the turn of the twentieth century however it was transformed back into a hotel and has served as a haven for weary travelers since that time.
Its very easy to get lost in time inside it’s old creaky piers and beams. One can almost imagine the sounds of petticoats whisking by, the faint sound of a ragtime piano, children playing, the scent of cigars as stately gentlemen and common men played poker in the saloon. And of course the countless stories and tales from the guests about its hauntings.
I visited with my 10 year old son and I must say it was definitely an experience. The staff will not stay there after dark, they give you a card with the door code on it so you can let yourself in and out. How creepy is that. We may have been the only ones there that night as you can see by our truck parked out front.
As we were about to go upstairs my son stood in a frozen trance and said “Dad, what is that?” Yes it was a ghost, I told him to stay put, I ran up the stairs..
Thanks to my paranormal defense training I was able take out a few of them.
This all started with Elizabeth Montgomery, She was a guest that hung herself in the hotel in the 1870s. She was a bride that was stood up on her wedding day. She hung herself from the 12 foot bed post that is currently in Room 19. Local historians think that she probably was pregnant. might
There are children’s ghosts as well .They like the lower floors. They are said to be pesky practical jokers. They like to move objects around and so guests bring toys for them to play with. Some people say they have actually witnessed the children running around the hotel’s corridors.
The manager after hearing from a guest that claim they saw the children, says, she always would ask back “what did they look like.” the answer is always the same. It’s a little girl and little boy, about 7 to 8 years old. They always describe her as wearing the pinafore, white leotard and black high-top button boots. They say he has on knee britches.
There is apparently another ghost residing there, guests have reported seeing is a man. It is a tall man wearing a long duster-type jacket with his pants tucked inside his boots. He is seen walking down the hall. He will turn and walk left to turn into a room, (but) when you go to look in the doorway, the room is completely empty. The hotel encourages the tales and for its guests to write about their stay in journals supplied at the front desk.