Waxahachie Travel Guide

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Waxahachie Things to Do

  • Ellis County Museum

    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...

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  • Ellis County Courthouse

    This is considered by many to be the finest courthouse in the state. Considering that there are well over 200 counties here, that is quite a remarkable accomplishment. This 1895 courthouse is made of a combination of granite and sandstone, which provides a colorful appearance to the structure. It was designed by J Reily Gordon, who designed several...

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  • Odd Fellows Building

    The sprawling Odd Fellows Building sits near the antique district (1895). The structure has two types of arches above the windows. The front windows have small fan-shaped windows forming the arch, while the side windows have brick detailing. This building is in the Romanesque style. Who are the Odd Fellows? "This is one of the oldest and largest...

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  • Rogers Hotel

    Sometimes it was a challenge finding Waxahachie's designated sites of importance. The Rogers Hotel was an easy target as it sat across from the Courthouse on Main street. This four-storied red brick building of two parts embellished with Bedford stone has seen some interesting times. Former guests include the Detroit Tigers (1917-18), the...

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  • Citizens National Bank

    We soaked up the mild temperatures and sunshine as we continued with the official walking tour of Waxahachie. It gave some needed direction to our wandering! As we plodded up the sidewalk, this massive Romanesque building with the carved stone capitals appeared. It's the old Citizens National Bank (1895). This style is characterized by sturdy...

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  • Ellis County Jail

    This structure with the two story bay window, turret and brick dentil molding wasn't built for pleasure, but for serious business. It's the Old Ellis County Jail (1888). This building held twenty 4x8 two prisoner cells. Solitary confinement and death cells were located in the basement. The sheriff's family residence was on the first...

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Waxahachie Restaurants

  • Favorite Sandwich

    Schlotzsky’s is one of my very favorite places to eat. It’s a sandwich shop that you can take out or eat in the shop with plenty of tables always available. It’s a bit pricier ($6-7 for a sandwich) than most other sandwich shops but definitely worth it. It's a place where you order at the counter, then wait for your food and pick it up when they...

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  • The Dove's Nest Restaurant

    This was a busy little restaurant on a Saturday. The frontage is actually on South College street but the sign asks you to enter from the Dove Antique Store on the corner where there is a entrance into the restaurant. Its all a family effort. The mother owns the antique store and the daughter and husband run the restaurant. The set up began in 1992...

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  • Hearty Home Cooking

    The 1879 Chisholm Grill was recommended to us by a cashier at one of the shops fronting the courthouse square. She said, "For a homecooked meal, go there!" So we did.We hadn't eaten lunch, so we stopped by for an early dinner. It was an ideal choice, because by the time we left the restaurant a line had formed outside. Inside, we found a warm and...

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Waxahachie Nightlife

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    by keeweechic Written Dec 15, 2002

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    Originally known as the Dixie Theater, this 1895 theatre has been restore and presents a wide variety of Texas music by local artists and songwriters on the Texas music Scene. It is located opposite the County Courthouse.
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Waxahachie Transportation

  • Getting to Scarborough Faire

    From Dallas, take I-35E south to Exit 399A then travel west on FM66 for about 1.6 miles.From Ft Worth, take Hwy 287 south to I-35E then follow the above.From Austin or Waco, take I-35E North to Exit 399 and again west on FM66 for about 1.6 miles.Parking at the Faire is free but go early or face a longer walk to the entrance.

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  • Getting There

    By Air : The local airport is the Midlothian/Waxahachie Municipal Airport but the nearest commercial airport is Dallas/Fort Worth International (45 miles) and Dallas Love Field (35 miles)By Car : Take I-35E from Dallas and exit at 408 onto US-77 South, follow highway left over I-35E (about 30 miles) or Hwy 287 southeast from Fort Worth (42 miles).

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  • From Dallas - South on I-35E...

    From Dallas - South on I-35E to Exit 399A. Proceed West 1.6 miles on FM 66. From Fort Worth - South on H287 to I-35E. South on I-35E to Exit 399A. Proceed West 1.6 miles on FM 66.

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Waxahachie Shopping

  • The Dove's Nest Restaurant and Antiques

    The Dove's Nest is very popular indeed, not only for its very fine antiques and gifts but also for the adjoining restaurant which was really busy on a weekend.

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  • Home Decor and more

    As we strolled through Waxahachie we came to Bella Misty, a home furnishings store which seemed a cut above the ordinary. Unique looking lamps and one-of-a-kind furniture pieces, mirrors, wall art, ceramics and other ornaments for your home were tastefully arranged throughout the store. There was just a nice ambiance to this place. I'd pop in again...

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  • Antiques, antiques, antiques....

    I really liked this store! There were vintage items, such as Fiestaware dishes or antique furniture, glassware, silver pieces and so much more. I was particularly interested in the Fiestaware, which is bright colored dishware from the '50's. A very helpful lady showed me the difference between authentic dishes and contemporary reproductions. Quite...

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Waxahachie Local Customs

  • The Victorian Christmas Market

    The Victorian Christmas Market was held on a street running alongside the courthouse which was blocked off to make it pedestrian friendly for the weekend. picture#2 Two lovely Victorian Ladiespicture #3 Santa waits for a listpicture #4 Pony rides for the little onespicture #5 The petting zoo-always a favoriteBooths selling all sort of things, a...

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  • Annual Holiday House Tour

    We recently traveled to Waxahachie, for its Annual Holiday House Tour held for three weekends in December. Each of the weekends featured different homes in the town splendidly decorated and lit up for Christmas!Our group of homes on the last weekend, featured older style architecture, although an earlier weekend offered two modern homes on the...

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  • Bethlehem Revisited!

    Lay your holiday shopping aside for an evening and be part of the drama in Bethlehem Revisited, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph's journey to this Biblical city and the events therein. This event was given from 6:00pm-9:00pm on the first two weekends in December.Menacing Roman soldiers, jostling crowds, Three magnificent kings, shepherds and their...

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Waxahachie Warnings and Dangers

  • Festival Weather

    While Scarborough Faire is open through all weathers, don't bother going when its raining. The carpark especially turns into a mud patch but also the whole of the grounds are just that - grounds, no paving.

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  • Deep Gutter

    Quite a lot of areas around the downtown area have very deep gutters with quite a step up onto the pavement. There are also areas further along which are not so deep so if you are having trouble walking, choose an area to park where the step up is normal. Some of the paving is also in need of repair.

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Waxahachie Tourist Traps

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    by keeweechic Written Jun 1, 2003

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    Like all shows/festivals/fairs, prices for food and beverages are marked up.

    Unique Suggestions: They say no outside drinks or food is allowed however plenty of people were taking in bottled water (as we did) and this at least helps to keep your costs down as even water/soft drinks were $2.50 each. There was no checking of bags at the gate which in these times, amazed me.

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Waxahachie Off The Beaten Path

  • Lots and Lots of Shops and Eateries

    This is only one of the shops at Scarborough village and unfortunately I don't remember the name of it. We purchased a lovely metal dragonfly for the patio ($12.00), but they also had quite a few colorful butterflies and metal sculptures for the yard.There were over 100 artisans/shops listed in the program guide.We did not eat a meal here, but we...

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  • The Dungeon and Monster Museum

    Renaissance Faire was not all costumes, comedy acts or musical performances. It also had rides, amusements and attractions for the family.The Dungeon of Yorkshire Tower is a recreation of a medieval castle which is the scene of a trial, torture, punishment and execution. Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for children. A note in our program guide...

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  • The Highland Games

    There are three distinct areas which comprise the village of Scarborough--Holly Field, Crown Meadow and Pecan Grove. The latter is where the jousting event and Highland games took place.I can't remember the names of these specific games, but in the first picture a large tree trunk was tossed to see how straight it fell and the second picture shows...

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Waxahachie Sports & Outdoors

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    by keeweechic Written Dec 16, 2002

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    The motorplex was built in 1986 and has been the place of many drag racing achievements and world record performances. The Motorplex is a favourite of drivers because of the all concrete race surface. NHRA national events at Texas Motorplex usually produce national records and the season championship titles are usually won here.

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Waxahachie Favorites

  • 401 Oldham Street

    This pretty two-story gold house with the white trim has a double door leading to a center hall. The elongated windows must let in a great deal of light. The roofline above the porch almost seems as though it has sprouted wings! I think a porch always seems to say "Welcome"--wouldn't you just love biding time on a porch swing here? Notice the low...

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  • 500 Oldham Street

    This home is said to the the finest Queen Anne style home in the city and is listed on the National Register. It is circa 1888-1897. I think the asymmetrical design of the home contributes to its attraction. It's a stand out! Although its not evident from my photo, this home goes on and on towards the back of the property.Notice the polygonal...

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  • 418 N. College

    I think this home is stately with the dramatic peak to the left and its porch of two levels! It was built in the Italianate Victorian style, which included a looming tower. The home was remodeled in 1889 to its present Neoclassical Revival style, characterized by two story Doric columns. I can imagine how wonderfully a breeze cools the house in...

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