Much of Jefferson’s history comes from the Big Cypress Bayou and the people and boats that traversed it. As you know, we have been trying to capture this history by naming our rooms after historical figures of the area. The second room that we will look at is the Captain William Perry room.
Captain William Perry was the first steamboat captain into the Port of Jefferson. Not only was he one of the first settlers of Jefferson, but he played an important role in the growth of the newly incoporated town of Jefferson and the increasingly important Riverport and Turning Basin. He became quite rich from his real estate dealings and eventually built the hotel in Jefferson. That hotel became the Excelsior Hotel which is the second oldest hotel in Texas.