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Everything you need to know about Jasper, Texas

Nestled in the heart of the Piney Woods, City of Jasper TX is an escape all itself. But do you know all you need to know about it? If not, let us help!

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A little history about the city of Jasper TX

The area was settled in the early 1820s by John Bevil, and was one of the 23 original counties when the Republic of Texas was created in 1836. The settlement increased to thirty families by the early 1830s and became known as Bevil’s Settlement but the area was renamed in 1835 for American Revolutionary hero William Jasper.

Growth continued through the 1840s and from 1848 to 1858, the population increased from just forty to 400. Population continued to grow, with a short retraction during the Civil War, but rebounded and reached 1,000 by 1885. In the early 1900s, the railways arrived and Jasper became a center for timber manufacturing, producing nearly 125,000 board feet of lumber daily.

Also of note was the Morgan & Lindsey “five and dime” chain, which originated in Jasper in April of 1921. Formed by local residents Bronson Morgan and his brothers-in-law CV Lindsey and BG Lindsey, it became known as “The Store of Courtesy” and grew to 92 stores before being acquired by the C.G. Murphy Company in 1959, after 38 successful years of operation.

Jasper was also the headquarters of the Lower Neches Valley Authority’s construction program, which included management of Dam B, and surveying for an additional dam at the Angelina River’s Magee Bend. Construction and excavation began in 1956, the dam was built and impoundment of water began in March of 1965. This created what became the largest lake in Texas, Lake Sam Rayburn, at 114,000 acres.

What to do around the city of Jasper TX

Jasper has lots to do! With March’s annual Azalea Festival, the return of the Jasper Lions Rodeo in May, awesome 4th of July fireworks, the Butterfly Festival in October, and Christmas in the Park in December, there is no shortage of celebrations and events. And that doesn’t even take in the shopping, or the outdoor excursions.

For the antique-er, there are many excellent options, including Junktique, The Speckled Hen Mercantile, The Tattered Suitcase, The Rusty Rooster, Jasper Thrift … need we go on? There are even more options, but you’ll have to stay here for a couple extra days to hit them all … but we’re okay with that!

If outdoor adventures are more your speed, we are a short five-minute drive to Lake Sam Rayburn, the largest lake in Texas. It’s a great destination for fishing, all manner of water sports, even just relaxing on one its beaches. We’re also a short drive to Boykin Springs to the north, and a half hour from Martin Dies Jr. State Park south of us, both offer lots of great hikes and trails, and ample birdwatching.

And right down the road from us (literally a five minute trip) is Ebenezer Park on Lake Sam Rayburn. With beautiful horseback trails, it’s also the only park on Lake Sam Rayburn with equestrian campsites, including electric hookups and horse corrals. Some of the trails even offer beach access! Note that the beach with horse access and most of the trail system are located on US Forest Service property. But you don’t have to bring your horse to enjoy Ebenezer Park, as it also offers fishing, swimming and picnicking.

Where to eat around the city of Jasper TX

We always recommend the three places closest to us, as those are the most convenient for our guests, as they’re right up here by us.

Hamburger Depot (4.8 mi)

We’ll tell you that more than one guest has declared it the best hamburger they’ve ever had. We tend to agree! They do have more items on the menu, including wraps, salads and even pizza. But we always say, “you’re at Hamburger Depot … just get the burger!”

The Stump (4.9 mi)

With home-style favorites like chicken fried steak with green beans and mashed potatoes, you’re sure to find something to like in The Stump (but a fave is the pulled pork tacos!).

Rayburn Country Club (9.0 miles)

Closer than the mileage indicates, the Rayburn Country Club is open to all, and offers a comfortable and casual atmosphere. It’s an “end of the day” spot for a lot of golfers so if golf is on your agenda, you’re in the right place. With a nice atmosphere and a good menu, this is a great option if you’re looking for something casually upscale. A full bar, seating in the restaurant or on the patio, and a menu with lots to choose from all add up to a nice night out.

Honorable mention – The Jewel Bistro Café

Probably the most anticipated restaurant opening to date, The Jewel Bistro Café is the inspiration of Jasper natives Soloria and John Davis. Situated right on the downtown square, it will feature comfort food with fresh ingredients and southern-inspired flavors. We’re eagerly awaiting their grand opening, expected Summer 2024.

Points of interest

There are a couple of fun places right near us that are worthy of making time to enjoy during your stay.

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John D Parker East Texas State Fish Hatchery

Just down Recreational Road 255 is the fish hatchery, a freshwater hatchery on 200 acres, producing up to 5 million “fingerlings” each year (a “fingerling” is a small fish, especially one up to one year of age). These fingerlings help stock Texas public waters, and the hatchery receives financial support from fishermen who purchase the “freshwater stamp” when they purchase a fishing license.

The original hatchery began in 1932, the John D Parker Hatchery came online in 2012, and produces production capacity for a variety of fish including Florida largemouth bass, channel and blue catfish, sunfish, and “forage fishes” (prey fish or bait fish). The hatchery is named for Texas Parks and Wildlife Commissioner, the late John D. Parker of Lufkin, who served from 2003 – 2009, and whose participation helped secure funding for the project.

The hatchery offers tours on Tuesdays at 2 pm, and Fridays at 10 am, for groups of 10 or less. Tours for groups of 10 or more can be arranged by appointment.

Umphrey Pavilion and Overlook Park

If you time your dinner outing properly, you’ll be driving west along the south edge of Lake Sam Rayburn just at sunset, and will enjoy an unparalleled view of the sun setting over the lake. After all, “The only kind of sunsets that I don’t like are the ones that I missed.” (Unknown Author) Photography by Mikelyn Wustman

Now you know!

Now that you have a little history, some ideas of where to go, what to do and where to eat, you just need to know where to stay. Well right here, of course! The Bird & Butterfly Inn is waiting for you, with some of the most beautiful rooms, guest spaces, and best B&B experience you can possibly imagine. But don’t take our word for it …  let our guests tell you: read our rave reviews!

We look forward to seeing you soon in the city of Jasper TX!

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Pullman room bathroom with two sinks, lots of antique mirrors and a make up table
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