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Marion County, Texas
A Living Page From Texas History
Chamber of Commerce.
Tours of Historic Homes, c. 1840 - 1900 Year Around;Bed and Breakfast Capitol of Texas; Horse-drawn Antique ReplicaBuggy rides; Wagon rides; Riverboat rides; Living Room Theatre,one-woman repertory theatre year around; famous 1850's ExcelsiorHouse Hotel; Jefferson Historical Museum; Texas HistoryMuseum; Historical Pilgrimage, Parade and Home Tour 1st weekend in Mayyearly; Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes two weekends inDecember; Mardi Gras celebration each year; Jazz Weekend each year;Opera House Theatre Players, community theatre w/four shows eachseason Oct - July; close proximity to famous Caddo Lake; Monument toBravest Woman in Texas, Harriet Potter Ames at Potter's Point, CaddoLake; Marion County Veterans Memorial Wall; Marion CountyGenealogical Society meets monthly; home of oldest Federated Women'sClub in Texas, the 1881 Club; downtown historical district; antiqueshopping; unique restaurants; saloon and restaurant; active VFW andAmerican Legon Posts; active Lions and Rotary Clubs; TexasHistorical Medallions on homes and buildings throughout the city;one of the oldest cities in Texas that was the "gateway to theSouthwest" when steamboats docked on Cypress River at city wharves;close proximity to floating casinos in Shreveport-Bossier City, La.;Heart of Cypress Valley fishing/skiing/swimming lakes and parks;Confederate/Union Re-enactments scheduled yearly.
Jefferson is home to the largest privately owned syrup and jam/jelly plant in the United States. Jefferson site of many "firsts" of the past, i.e. First Ice Manufacturing in Texas; First Street Lights in Texas; Marion County site of large, ancient Caddo Indian settlement; Marion County home of famous singing cowboy/film actor STUART HAMBLEN; also famous 1920's-30's recording artist inducted in Nashville CM Hall of Fame, VERNON DALHART; also home to BARRY BENEFIELD, reknown author of novels, short stories, and film scripts of 20's thru 40's. Historic churches throughout the city.
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