Pirates on the Bayou

Pirates on the Bayou

Jefferson- On Saturday, September 29th, Pirates will invade Jefferson, the little city on the bayou. The Bilge Pumps, a band of pirates (make that a pirate band) will be performing comedy skits, playing sea songs and Celtic music as part of the Jefferson Medieval Wine Faire. The Bilge Pumps will be performing from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Cat and Fiddle Stage.

This is not the first time Pirates have invaded the Bayou. Author William C Davis, in his book about John Lafitte, talks about how pirates traveled up the Mississippi, along the Red River, through Caddo Lake and Big Cypress Bayou to intersect with Trammel’s Trace. This was long before the city of Jefferson existed on the bayou.

There are many references to Jean Lafitte and Nicholas Trammel’s “professional relationship”. A relationship that not only moved contraband along various waterways but up and down Trammel’s Trace from Arkansas to Nacogdoches.

The Bilge Pumps are just one of the many attractions during the Jefferson Medieval Wine Faire. The Faire runs from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM on September 29th and features five wineries from East Texas. Admission to the tasting area is $10.00 and the first 2,000 receive a free commemorative wine glass, with $1.00 of your admission being donated to the local Toys For Tots. There will be a free merchandise market, open to the public along with music by Megan Turner and Carmel Johnsen. Everyone is encouraged to dress the part, as there will be a costume contest at 8:30 PM.

The Faire will be held at the corner of Walnut and Lafayette in Historic Downtown Jefferson. For more info go to or call 903-665-8546.

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