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Oakwood Cemetery

607 N. Alley St., Jefferson, TX 75657
903.665.3733
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Jefferson
Type: Cemeteries
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Shreveport, LA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

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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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
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
60 reviews 60 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
35 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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
45 helpful votes 45 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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Houston
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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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Jefferson, TX
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

If you leave this visit until right before you leave, you will be familiar with a lot of the "residents". We enjoyed this visit.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

If it had been cooler, I could have spent an entire day in the cemetery. It is very nice and BIG. Diamond Bessie is one of the famous graves as well as a number of the families who settled Jefferson. The poetry on some of the headstones is beautiful.

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