in a Pecan Shell
The county was named after Richard
Ellis, who presided over the 1836 Texas Constitutional Convention.
The city was named after nearby Waxahachie Creek, a Tonkawa
Indian word for Buffalo
Ellis monument on lawn of Ellis County Courthouse
Copyright Sam Fenstermacher
Waxahachie has 227 properties listed in the National
Register of Historic Places. This is 20% of the Texas entries in the
On the square you will find the Ellis County Museum
in a beautifully restored building at 201 South College. Be sure
to examine the detail on the front door hinges. Like most museums,
this one has a lot of old things, but here they are in better condition
and the individual items are a little more unusual. Check out the
cotton bale scale. The gift shop has an excellent book of historic
Ellis County photos, including the railroad yards at Ennis.
At 515 West Main you will find the Nicholas P. Sims Library.
Sims was a farmer who donated funds for the library which was built
Chautauqua Auditorium in nearby Getzendaner Park. The
era of self-improvement provided a money-making opportunity for promoters
and speakers in the late 19th and early part of the 20th Century.
This structure was built in 1902.
courtesy David Cole, October 2012
Photo courtesy Lori
Hotel - On the NE corner of the square.
Patrons could sleep on the rooftop during summer months, and there
was a natarorium in the basement. Northern baseball teams like the
The Detroit Lions and Chicago White Sox would winter here.
with a Past
|The 1889 Masonic
|One of Waxahachie's
1929 Ellis County Jail
|The 1895 Texas
Where Cotton Reigned King
by Kelly McMichael Stott
Photographs Courtesy of
The Ellis County Historical Museum
The Making of America Series.
deserves a weekend visit. The chamber can furnish you with information
on the courthouse, historic home driving & walking Tours, the
annual Gingerbread Trail Home Tour in June, and a map of local homes
and buildings and the movies in which they appeared.
of Commerce - 102 YMCA Drive
& Places of Ellis County"
Jeanne Moseley's Column : "Good
Day for a Story":
Jeanne is host of "People & Places of Ellis County"
Friday mornings at 7:00 AM on KBEC Radio 1390 AM
by Bob Bowman
Dominating Getzendaner Park in Waxahachie, a large wooden, octagonal-roofed
pavilion stands as a symbol of entertainment and enlightment in
the days before movies and television...
Ellis by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
His imagined likeness stands frozen in bronze outside the courthouse
of the county bearing his name, but Richard Ellis is a long way
from being one of the more-recognized figures in Texas history....
Waxahachie, Texas Forum
courtesy John Stankewitz
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