Educational programs are open to the public and are held throughout the year.

Driving and Walking Tours

Extensive maps are available with notes on local history, historical structures and architectural styles. The driving tour is marked on street signs throughout the city’s historical neighborhoods and business districts. Maps are produced and maintained by HWI and available for free at the Ellis County Museum and at many shops and businesses in the downtown business district.

HWI now has available and FREE to the public an app that can be used on a mobile device to provide information about the sites they see in the downtown area.  Click HERE for more information.

Ellis County Courthouse — Waxahachie

The Ellis County Courthouse is rated by the Texas Society of Architects as the eighth most significant architectural achievement in the State. It is open Monday thru Friday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. The brochure Ellis County Courthouse Revisited guides you through this magnificant structure built in 1895. The brochure was produced in conjunction with the recent completion of a $12 million restoration project. Brochures are provided by the Ellis County Historical Commission and Historic Waxahachie Inc.

Researching Your Historic Property

This downloadable brochure is designed to guide individuals through the process of researching the history of a property and the individuals who have owned that property.

Restoring versus Remodeling

Although the terms restoring and remodeling are often used interchangeably, these are not the same.  Confusing the two could have dramatic effects on the historic value of your property along with potential tax ramifications.  This downloadable brochure is designed to allow individuals to understand the difference.

Ellis County Museum

201 South College, Waxahachie

The main purpose of the Ellis County Museum is to house and preserve a material record of the county’s heritage for future generations. It raises funds annually hosting the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes/Arts and Crafts Fair each June. It is maintained by Ellis County Museum, Inc.

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