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Oakwood Cemetery

Address: 607 N. Alley St., Jefferson, TX 75657
Phone Number: 903.665.3733
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Ranked #5 of 20 things to do in Jefferson
Type: Cemeteries, Sights & Landmarks
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74 reviews 74 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Originally set out to visit Diamond Bessie's final resting place but once there discovered a beautiful peaceful place with history.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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38 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We couldn't miss out on a cemetery visit in a town with such a colorful past, it wasn't a let down. The infamous murder victim Diamond Bessie is buried here, which is the main attraction, however, there is so much more to see here as far as historical graves. One section we found compelling is on the far side, with... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We came here to see Diamond Bessie's Grave and left about 1hr 1/2 later. There were so many headstones ans so much History. We googled a lot of the headstones and read the history of several people buried there

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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Went to visit grave of diamond Bessie. Beautiful cemetery with graves dating back to the 1800's. A lot of the headstones were so old you couldn't read.

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Shreveport, LA
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19 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Oakwood Cemetery is north of downtown Jefferson, just off North Alley Street, Which runs off Highway 45. East on 45 from Highway 59, then left on N. Alley Street. Cross the railroad tracks and look for the cemetery on the right. Some of the more famous graves are those of Diamond Bessie, a prostitute killed by her jeweler, lover and... More 

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Dallas, Texas
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Jefferson Texas is a wonderful place to spend a day or a weekend. Tucked away within the city limits is a lovely historic cemetery, Oakwood, and next to it the Hebrew cemetery, Mt Sinai. Oakwood is drivable, with well maintained albeit narrow roads, as well as a lovely walking cemetery. It is located in a nice neighborhood and if you... More 

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Mansfield, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Maybe I'm morbid, but I love walking through an old cemetery looking at all the old headstones and reading the inscriptions on each. I've been to many, and this one is one of the best.

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We really enjoyed strolling through here and luckily for us we had a guided tour from a local. So neat to see the first families of Jefferson and learning all about them and which homes they lived in around town. We stayed at the Claiborne House and learned a lot about the Claiborne family by the owners of the B&B... More 

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

My wife and I visited this cemetery after hearing about all the old headstones, and first families of Jefferson buried there. Very interesting . Oldest graves are at back of cemetery, including diamond Bessie and the schluter family. Even saw a confederate generals grave.

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Driftwood, Texas
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149 reviews 149 reviews
50 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Buy the book about this cemetery from the Historical museum and you won't be able to wait to go walk through there and find all the oddities and unique headstones along with the unexplained and fascinating graves.

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