Several years back I was talking to the owner of the Rogers Hotel about paranormal events around the downtown area. He then started to tell me about an paranormal event he had had at the Rogers. He said he believed that the historic hotel was haunted. He then proceeded to tell me about this incident with his maintenance man. When he had arrived at the hotel one morning he could not find the maintenance man. When he finally found him, the man had locked himself in his room and would not come out. After talking with him through the door, he finally convinced the man to calm down and open the door and tell him what was wrong.
The maintenance man said the previous night there was a knock on his door. When he opened the door a stranger was standing there. He was surprised because the hotel was still undergoing some renovation and this area was off limits to the public. The man looked to be in his early 40's, was wearing old dusty clothes that appeared to be from another era.
September 9th -Time: 9 am-2 pm Location: Parking Spaces (one parking is $35.00 - 2 is $52.00) around the Ellis County Courthouse in Downtown Waxahachie. Join the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association for a community-wide resale event. Free admission to the public to shop. Sign Up On-Line for Space at Junk in the Trunk (each space includes $1 convenience fee):
The Scoop to be a Vendor: NO vehicles larger than a pickup will be allowed. Vendor check-in is 7:30-8:30 on the southeast corner of the town square. NO SET UP PRIOR TO CHECK-IN. The Event takes place Rain or Shine. No refunds.
The Downtown Square in Waxahachie, with its charming turn-of-the-century architecture and friendly people, is truly a time capsule of an era long since past. One can easily take a step back, for just a little while, to a place and time when values were a little clearer and life a little simpler. Waxahachie offers the visitor this opportunity to use their imagination to go back to another era such as turn of the century 1905, or perhaps the roaring 1920's by just walking the downtown square. Your imagination is your only limitation!
Waxahachie was founded in August 1850 as the seat of the newly established Ellis county on a donated tract of land given by early settler Emory W. Rogers, a native of Lawrence County, Alabama who migrated to Texas in 1839.
Our area is home to so many talented individuals with all sort of gifts and artistic ability that I get excited when I discover one. Dixie Dodd, of Midlothian, is one of those talented people. Her medium is wood, and she is a custom furniture designer and builder of the first order! She not only designs her creations but she actually builds them.
She is a petite young mother of 5 children and looking at her you would never imagine that this young lady is a powerhouse furniture designer and builder. This reporter has seen her furniture creations and designs and they are unique. Her studio and work area are located in her garage where she creates some amazing pieces of custom furniture and millwork. From dining tables, cabinets, to doors, she seems to come up with unique designs that are marvelous. How she juggles this artistic energy and talent and at the same time take care of her family is just amazing.
The Enchanted Cottage Tea Room - was one of those special little hidden secrets in Waxahachie several years back. Located just a few blocks from the downtown square, in a remodeled historic structure, The Enchanted Tea Room was just that! This quaint little Tea Room was a dining experience. The food was great, the atmosphere was wonderful, bright and cheery and the service was excellent.
The business was doing very, with so many people wanting to visit have tea and lunch. You could hardly stir-em with a stick sometimes! Sadly The Enchanted Tea house is no longer in business and I know a lot f people were sadden to see this little business close down.
Ellis County was formed December 20, 1849, from Robertson and Navarro counties. It was named for Richard Ellis, President of the March, 1836, Independence Convention.
The first meeting of the Ellis County Commissioners Court was held on August 19, 1850. The court placed an order with Joseph Wittenberg to build a courthouse with the specifications that it was to be constructed of logs, 16 feet by 18 feet in size, and cost no more than $59. Wittenberg could not get logs and construct the building for that price, so he bought a log building in Dallas County and moved it to Waxahachie with two teams of oxen. By using volunteer labor, he was able to rebuild the structure in time for the first session of District Court on October 28, 1850.