Historic preservation and environmental conservation are important responsibilities of NHA management. Such activities are aggressively being implemented by lead stakeholders such as Collins Academy-
Confederate Powder Magazine/Jefferson Ordnance Works
Union Missionary Baptist Church
Big Cypress Bayou Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project
This is a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 1135 wetland restoration project sponsored by the City of Jefferson. Stretching across 40 acres of historic riverfront, the project is composed of 3 sections designed to restore the biological integrity of the floodplain community through a combination of measures directed at specific habitat types.
Constructed in 1863 to temporarily store black powder manufactured at the Marshall Powder Mill, this structure is in eminent danger of collapse due to erosion of the soil bank at its location on Big Cypress Bayou below Jefferson. This feature was an important supply asset of the Trans-
Captain William Perry gave the Houston Street property to local slaves in 1842, shortly after his arrival at the location that would become the bustling port of Jefferson. The first structure was erected on the site in 1847 and was built using native cypress lumber for a non-
timeframe as part of the local backlash from the punitive reconstruction policies and socio-
Its importance lies in the fact that the church was the epicenter of black religious, Loyal League, Radical Republican, and Freedmens Bureau activities in Marion County during reconstruction and was a literal as well as symbolic site of white, disenfranchised retribution and black suffering. Its life chronicles the deep and often violent racial divide in East Texas after the Civil War and demonstrates how religion and perseverance can underpin culture.