If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you may know that my best friend and I have an odd fascination with the paranormal. We like to travel wherever the ghosts are and have had a lot of adventures over the years, like this one. Sadly, we also experienced this (also known as the “The Haunted House that Ate Our Money.”) Regardless, when she mentioned a ghost town in the middle of nowhere and about an hour from the nearest airport, naturally I was on board.
The historic town of Jefferson, TX, located in Marion County in northeastern Texas, is home to a mere 2,200 residents. You get that small-town feeling and Southern hospitality everywhere you go, and the entire city seems veiled in nostalgia. There’s a general store with root beer floats, old-fashioned barbers, and wildly decorated saloons. It’s funky and charming and well worth a visit.
Here are some things to do while you’re there!
Eat. I have to be honest, when I started planning my trip to Texas, I thought I’d be shit out of luck where veggie options are concerned (because cow country, right?). I was pleasantly surprised, however, by how flavorful, fresh, and unique each dish was, especially the cornbread, salad, and pecan pie at Kitt’s Kornbread. Austin Street Bistro deserves a mention as well for their veggie sandwich. Still dreaming about it.
Go on a ghost tour. Duh. We did this on our first full night, after we’d had some sleep, and learned a lot about local history and the fascinating story of Diamond Bessie, a prostitute murdered in 1877 by her lover.
Tour some of the homes. I wish we had the chance to go inside, but seemed many things were closed on the Sunday we wanted to look around. We did however find some ornate and opulent homes while we drove around, singing along to hits of the 80s.
Visit the Oakwood cemetery. Okay, so maybe not for everyone, but I’ve always loved cemeteries and this one was pretty and filled with historical markers (as well as the grave of Diamond Bessie). It was about a thousand degrees when we went and we didn’t find her grave, sadly.
Antiquing. We must have spent hours each day going through dusty racks and bins. I nearly picked up that adorable suitcase in the first pic (I want to add legs and make it a table) as well as a Glowarm lamp from the 80s (‘member those??) for $8.
Things to avoid:
The entire state during the months of June -August from what we’re told. I can’t even imagine more humidity than what we experienced but apparently hell hath no fury like a Texas summer and let me tell you, there are simply not enough hair styling products to tame the frizz.
The gun duel that takes place outside the general store. A bit too hokey for my taste but one of the shooters was a looker, so there was that.
Have you ever been to Jefferson? Let me know in the comments!