Anyone who knows myself and my husband very well know that we do not really like to travel. We invented staycations. We do one place that we can make a little day trip to and really enjoy ourselves. In fact, we went on our honeymoon here. If you are ever in northeast Texas, I would say you have to swing by Jefferson.
The other day I took my daughter and our neighbor to just look around Jefferson. To my surprise, they were fascinated by the history of the town. They even begged to go to the museum. I am not so interested in history so I let them explore all four floors while I looked around the first two. I found some neat things. Of course, the first stop had to be the general store, followed by the candy store/antique shop.
The general store is set up like an old time general store. We looked around and went to the candy shop. This is the only place I can find things like candy cigarettes or the old time taffy. They even make their own fudge and have a case of nothing but. The kids each had their own money to spend. I really do understand the phrase, “like a kid in a candy shop” now so much more clearly than ever before.
They bought a bag of candy each and ate on it the whole time we walked around and looked at antiques and gifts. There are dozens of shops in this town that have just about anything you can imagine. The beauty of this town is that it is small enough to walk around the small downtown area and see most of the shops on foot.
We finally headed over the to the museum. It is four stories of history about the town and the area.
They even had this.
The time came for lunch. We had so many choices before us. We narrowed it down to a few that I had never been to before and I thought might be kid friendly.
We finally decided on BBQ.
The kids enjoyed it, even though they were hyped up on their bags of candy.
While walking around we passed a city drug that had an old time soda/ice cream fountain. We went back for dessert.
We were soon ready to head home, making plans to come back soon and ride the Christmas train. My husband also wants to ride the riverboat and tour the area on water. Me? I’m happy walking around and shopping, finding things that you can’t get anywhere else or are made locally. To be honest, one post about Jefferson doesn’t begin to describe everything. You would have to stay at one of the many bed and breakfast establishments to really understand and see all there is to see.
Each time I go to Jefferson I think of our honeymoon. We stayed in a lovely bed and breakfast, having the whole servant’s quarters to ourselves. We got up each morning to a homemade breakfast in the master house that is unlike any you can get anwhere else. We antiqued. We shopped for gifts. We ate. We didn’t do much of anything but did a lot, never going far from home.