After hearing that my husband and I were interested in antiques, someone encouraged us to see Waxahachie.
We drove there one weekend afternoon and wound our way about town, visiting antique shops and noting the 'highlights' mentioned in a walking tour map we picked up at the Ellis County Museum. A nice selection of brochures listing activities and historical sights were available there, also.
The building is a former Masonic Lodge Hall (1889), which occupied the third floor of the building. As a reminder, masonic emblems sit at the top of the structure. Retail shops were located on the first floor and professional offices on the second. It's built in the High Victorian Italianate style.
Once inside, a very pleasant man made sure we had all the information we needed. The museum showcased vintage signs, period clothing, photos and other memorabilia from early town history. Plan to take a few minutes to absorb the town's past, which is nicely presented.
The museum houses a variety of historical exhibits and artifacts which depict the history of Ellis County. The building itself is in restored Romanesque Revival style which was constructed in 1889 originally as a Masonic Temple.
This building was originally the First Presbyterian Church built in 1916. This museum show casts a variety of art from residents around the area.