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Oakwood Cemetery

Address: 607 N. Alley St., Jefferson, TX 75657
Phone Number: 903.665.3733
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Ranked #6 of 12 Attractions in Jefferson
Type: Cemeteries, Cultural
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Type: Cemeteries, Cultural

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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
19 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
17 reviews 17 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
21 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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42 attraction reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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Houston, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
33 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Its a well kept cemetery, but not in the historic area. You will need to drive to it. There are notable names from the town's history, including Diamond Bessie. There are paved drives so you can drive through. Also lots of nice statuary on the graves.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We had a difficult time locating this small, off the track cemetery but it was well worth the effort. We went just before sunset; it was eerie because several flocks of silent vultures sat on the cemetery walls, fences and circled us overhead. Never made a sound. Surreal...the cemetery is well kept and has a beautiful display of Confederate tombstones,... More 

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