Waxahachie Texas Welcome
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!
Get Ready for the
48th Annual Gingerbread Tour of Homes
June 2016 - Saturday and Sunday, June 4 - 5,
Well, it's official! Burleson House, (the original headquarters of Burleson Honey), will be participating in the 48th Annual Gingerbread Tour of Homes Saturday and Sunday, June 4 - 5, 2016. Please come out to support our historic community. Waxahachie is a truly magnificent place to live and visit....full of beauty, character and old southern charm. Hope to see you then!
The Gingerbread Trail invites you to participate in its renewal of the Antique Market located in the Chautauqua Auditorium Building. The Gingerbread Trail Home Tour has been a tradition in Waxahachie for 48 years and coupled with the market …it is the biggest week-end in our community!
Arts and Crafts and Antiques Fair - Plein Air Painting "Paint Historic Waxahachie" - Gingerbread Trail Antique Market The Antique Market is in the historic open-air Chautauqua auditorium in Getzendaner Park along with the arts and crafts in the park.
15th annual Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance Feb. 19-21, 2016
Join us at the 15th annual Chili Cook-off and Barn Dance, slated for Feb. 19-21 at the Ellis County Expo Center in Waxahachie. The event benefits the Gingerbread House children’s advocacy center and is its largest fundraiser of the year.
The event features three days of CASI-sanctioned chili competition (Friday-Sunday), along with junior, local/novice and bean competitions on Saturday. Admission is free for all three days of the chili cook-offs.
Saturday night features the annual Barn Dance with dancing and a prime rib dinner. Table sponsorships and individual tickets are available; these must be purchased in advance. Sponsorship levels are platinum ($2,500), gold ($1,000), silver ($500) and bronze ($250). Individual tickets are $62.50 each. Activities during the Barn Dance include conclusion of the giant silent auction, drawing for several cash prizes and the drawing for the $10,000 Visa gift card giveaway.
RL Harris BBQ
The best kept secret in Ellis County!
Every once in a while I will drop by a roadside BBQ place and to my surprise discover, Yes! There are still people who actually know how to cook real Texas BBQ! Mr. Harris does it right! In the old Texas way! In a real smoker using real wood and not a commercial oven! This is a small restaurant, and I love finding places like this as the food, more often than not, is great. This is due in part to the fact the owners have such a passion for the food they are serving.
I am normally a pork rib lover, but this day I partook of some beef ribs and I have to say, his beef ribs were every bit as good as pork ribs! Its hard to believe, but he may have converted me!
The Enchanted Cottage
Once upon a time there was an Enchanted Cottage in Waxahachie!
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.