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What an interesting tour.

Tours are bought across the street at the hotel. We were given a very detailed tour by a... read more

Reviewed April 13, 2018
Dan M
Arlington, Texas
Worth the price of admission

It is good that the Garden Society opted to recue this piece of history and restore it. The photos... read more

Reviewed March 25, 2018
Jenna H
Little Elm, Texas
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

Tours are bought across the street at the hotel. We were given a very detailed tour by a knowledgeable docent who spent a long time with us giving many details. The rail car is in excellent shape and the Garden Club does a great job...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Dan M
Reviewed March 25, 2018

It is good that the Garden Society opted to recue this piece of history and restore it. The photos and history they have compiled is quite interesting.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Jenna H
Reviewed March 18, 2018

Jay Gould's Railroad car has been restored to its original state thanks to the Lady's Garden Society. The four state rooms where beautifully decorated and the claw foot bathtub is Mrs Gould's drawing room was beautiful. The Garden Society ladies are your tour guide and...More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Canada62
Reviewed March 14, 2018

We came across this stop accidentally by the recommendation of the staff from Jefferson Historical Museum. Mary, a wonderful and warm guide, told wonderful history about Gould Family. The interior was exquisitely designed and kept. Clever use of limited space a railroad car can offer....More

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Christina L
Reviewed November 8, 2017

This is so much fun when it's running, lots of Christmas things along the tracks, so good for children.

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank countrygirl6
Reviewed August 11, 2017

This train car is in great condition and the guide is very knowledgeable about the history. We enjoyed exploring all of the nooks, hidden shelves, cabinets, and the old engineering that made things work. It is worth the time to stop by and see this...More

Date of experience: May 2017
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Reviewed July 14, 2017

My husband loves trains so this was a must stop. Very informative., and interesting. Centrally located so you won't want to miss it.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Melisha C
Reviewed June 26, 2017

We did not take the tour inside the car. But could tell it is kept clean and would a thrill for anyone interested in the rail cars.

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 8, 2017

We had Lisa as a tour guide - she was new but seemed to know a lot about the train and history behind it. Tickets were reasonable $5/pp - picking them up across the street at the hotel. We enjoyed the mini tour (we were...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank HuskerWife
Reviewed May 5, 2017

Lisa, our guide was a long time resident of Jefferson and has done significant research into the history of several events that have taken place in Jefferson. she took great interest in researching the Diamond Bessie murder and what actually took place. She even drove...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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April 27, 2017|
Response from frogcarguy | Reviewed this property |
As I recall, and this is from memory, our tour was at 11:00 and was $10 per adult. Purchase tickets, get times from the Excelsior Hotel across the street.
October 7, 2016|
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Response from Nancy C | Property representative |
We have tours available on the Nov 23, 25 & 26th at 1 p.m. each of those days.