Historic Waxahachie Inc

Historic Waxahachie Membership Application

HWI Historic Marker Program

HWI Historical Marker
HWI Historical Marker

Since its inception in 1977, Historic Waxahachie, Incorporated (HWI)’s marker program has recognized more than 200 of Waxahachie’s most outstanding historical structures, all worthy of preservation. HWI markers, examples of which are pictured on the right, enhance Waxahachie’s image as a city with a wealth of history and charming historic structures. Owner’s participation in this marker program is eagerly encouraged. This prestigious recognition augments Waxahachie’s tourism, generating increased income to local merchants and to the city, as well as encouraging ownership interest of historic structures. Even more important, these structures and their owners receive the recognition they so richly deserve.

HWI Sidewalk Sign
HWI Sidewalk Sign

Waxahachie Daily Light article on the HWI Marker Program

Program guidelines and how to apply for an HWI marker can be accessed by clicking on the link below.

HWI Historical Marker Program Guidelines and Instructions

Use the following link to access the application form for an HWI Historic Marker. Print the form, complete it, and submit it to the HWI Marker Committee chairman as indicated in the Marker Program Guidelines and Instructions (see link above).

HWI Historic Marker Application

Waxahachie & Ellis County

Ellis County Geneaology Website

Ellis County Museum

The purposes of the Ellis County Museum are (1) to collect, preserve, and interpret artifacts and information on the scientific, technological, artistic, social, political, educational, natural, economic, and cultural history of Ellis County; (2) to make Museum holdings and information accessible to the public by means of publication and exhibition; (3) and to engage in and to encourage others to engage in study and educational use

City of Waxahachie

Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce

Downtown Merchants Association

Information on Tax Incentives for Historic Buildings

City of Waxahachie Historic Resources Surveys:

Waxahachie Economic Development Strategic Plan (March 2012)

C3 Master Plan:

The Waxahachie C3 Master plan was created in 2001 to serve as a roadmap for economic development in Waxahachie. C3 stands for “Concerned Citizens Coalition” and describes the process in which the plan was formed. Three community workshops were held where presentations were made and community input was solicited. Approximately 70-80 community-minded individuals participated in each session, helping to define and shape the masterplan. The result is a document that has served as a tool in making decisions that impact the future of Waxahachie. A copy of the plan is available for review by contacting Anita Brown (phone: 469-309-4111) at City Hall in downtown Waxahachie.

Chautauqua Auditorium


Preservation Texas

“Preservation Texas is the only private, nonprofit membership organization in Texas that is dedicated to being a full-service statewide preservation organization. As a Statewide Partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, we are expanding our activities in preservation. We are building partnerships between government and nonprofit organizations, promoting the preservation of Texas’ historic courthouses and developing other preservation programs to protect the irreplaceable in Texas.”

Texas Historical Commission

The Texas Historical Commission (THC) is the state agency for historic preservation. THC staff consults with citizens and organizations to preserve Texas’ architectural, archeological and cultural landmarks. The agency is recognized nationally for its preservation programs. Information on applying for a historical marker, including recorded training webinars, can be found under the “Learn” section of the website.


Federal Standards for Historic Buildings

National Register of Historic Places

National Trust for Historic Preservation

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization working to save America’s historic places.


Preservation is the online resource for historic preservation, building restoration and cultural resource management in the United States & Canada.