"Keeweechic's Waxahachie" Waxahachie by keeweechic

Waxahachie Travel Guide: 110 reviews and 279 photos

Waxahachie has been nicknamed the Gingerbread City largely because of the architecture of the beautiful homes and buildings. The name itself however comes from the Indian word meaning "cow or buffalo creek". As the seat of Ellis Country, the city has become an important agricultural, commercial, educational and transport centre in between Dallas and Waco. Founded in 1850 by a pioneer settler, Emory Rogers, the city began to prosper when the railroad was established and as the nationals largest cotton producing country, cotton then was able to be shipped around the country quickly and efficiently. Many of the downtown buildings were built around this time. With the local economy booming, the construction industry took off, building large and exquisite homes which you can still see today.

As local cotton production deteriorated during the 1930s, Waxahachie's most affluent period came to an abrupt end. Since then, growth has been slow but it has also mean that the towns late 19th/early 20th century buildings have been saved. Waxahachie folks have taken an active part in the preservation and restoration of these historic buildings. Four individual properties and one historic district has already been listed on the National Register of Historic Places with many more proposed to be added in the future.

Waxahachie is also know for the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival held every year. Laid out on 35 acres, the faire have been running for 24 years (2003) and one of the best and largest renaissance festivals in the country.

Waxahachie is not far from Dallas (35 mins) and Fort Worth (45 mins).

Photos which are taken by myself and all headings are copyright and digitally marked. Please do not use them without permission. Thanks. keeweechic 2001-2008 (copyright)

  • Last visit to Waxahachie: Jan 2003
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Mar 15, 2007 at 6:37 PM

    The photo is not of 233 Patrick. The photo is a house on Main St. just around the corner notable for the extremely tall front door. The Queen Anne Victorian at 233 Patrick is a full three stories with a rounded tower on the left corner. 03/15/2007

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    Aug 27, 2005 at 2:25 PM

    Loved the building with the pillars, reminds me of 'Gone with the Wind'. As for the National Historic Register can I get my extension on that - lol

  • ATXtraveler's Profile Photo
    Feb 12, 2005 at 7:49 PM

    62 tips on Waxahachie... is it no wonder you are my VT hero! We would love it if you could come to the Feb. 25th Austin VT meet.

  • matcrazy1's Profile Photo
    Jan 20, 2005 at 11:18 AM

    Great, old architecture there, indeed. Haha, I have to see Bonnie and Clyde again to find Waxahachie there. A lot of interesting information and beautiful pictures.

  • dr.firas's Profile Photo
    Sep 30, 2003 at 11:13 PM

    Keewee I liked the Mud Sculpture! and the Mud Fight, hee hee seems really interesting! I'd love to fight in the Mud one time, LOL what a bath after this!!!

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Sep 21, 2003 at 4:26 PM

    I can see why Hollywood is so fond of Waxahachie . . . Very picturesque place. Thanks for sharing.

  • kaloz's Profile Photo
    Aug 24, 2003 at 7:56 AM

    Wow, "twenty percent of the Texas buildings in the National Register of Historic Places are in Waxahachie." Poor "Judge Ellis came to his death suddenly by his clothes taking fire." what a horrible way to die.

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2003 at 7:49 PM

    different opening Style..good to know where to find the loo, in Anticshops....great tip, excellent page KW

  • TERRYANDERSON's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2003 at 4:14 AM

    Love those old houses. Tall ceilings! Are you a history buff? : ) Terry

  • Jun 6, 2003 at 7:21 AM

    I could just imagine if I will be in Texas..I could go bankrupt because of your Shopping tips,tehehe;-)


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