Ellis County Museum, Inc.
This site contains historical information and links for Ellis County, its communities, and other items of local historical interest.
It is constantly being updated so check back regularly for new additions and information.
When you visit Waxahachie and the Ellis County Museum, don't run off, enjoy an overnight stay and the charm of this turn-of-the-century town!
Museum hours are: Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM.
No Admission - DONATIONS ACCEPTED
Schools & Education
Governing Documents & Policies
The Ellis County Museum, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Ellis County. It was organized in 1968 by local citizens to serve as a repository for materials contributing to the historical interpretation of the county. The museum is housed in an 1889 structure located in downtown Waxahachie across the street from the Ellis County Courthouse. Museum hours are: Monday - Saturday, 10:00am - 5:00pm.
Join the Ellis County Museum.
Benefits of membership are: Museum newsletter, private previews for new exhibits, invitations to special events and lectures, exhibition announcements mailed to your home, 10% discount on gift shop items, and the general support of local history. Annual dues amounts are: Individual, $15; Family, $25; "Super" Family, $50; Patron, $100; Sponsor, $200; Advocate, $500; Benefactor (lifetime), $1000; Business/Organization, $50 -$100.
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 of Museum holdings and collections.
Museum Happenings, Events, Exhibits
Museum Fundraising Event
The Ellis County Museum restarted its Brown Bag speaker series in September of 2009. This series features county residents speaking on local history and other topics of local interest. The event takes place the fourth Thursday of the month from 12 - 1 PM at the Ellis County Museum, 201 S. College St. in downtown Waxahachie. The Brown Bag lunch series takes place in September, October, January, February, March, and April.
**Brown Bag logo courtesy of Mr. Jim West.
Mr. Rollin Phipps
"North Texas Rails"
Thursday, September 22nd
Mr. John Stevens
"Early Years in Texas - Philip & Elizabeth Gathings Start a New Home - 1855 - 1860"
Thursday, October 27th
Based on a collection of original unpublished letters and documents written between 1855 - 1860, Mr. Stevens tells the story of the Gathings Family leaving North Carolina to make a new home in Texas.
This informal lunch series
is free and open to the public. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever
they want to eat and drink during the event.
This idea was originally conceived and organized by Ms. Julie Webb a number of years ago and has been re-initiated by Ms. Beth Price.
The Early History of the Texas Theater
Upcoming Museum Events
Sesquicentennial of the Civil War
Government called it the War of the Rebellion.† Others called it by many other names but most
called it the Civil War and this is the 150th anniversary of its
onset at Ft. Sumter.
was involved in this war on several fronts.†
Probably the most meaningful was Parsonís Brigade of Confederate
cavalry.† This unit, organized by Col.
W. H. Parsons, of men from Ellis, Dallas, Tarrant and Hill counties patrolled
the Arkansas, Louisiana and Missouri Trans-Mississippi Department to keep the
Federal troops out of Texas.† They were
successful and the battles of the war stayed beyond Texas borders.
A number of
Ellis county family names such as Rogers, Orr, Douglas, Farrar, Burleson and
Hawkins are listed on the rolls of the 19th and 20th
Regiments of Confederate Cavalry which made up Parsonís Brigade.† These men formed as the Ellis County Rangers
before joining Parsonís Brigade on Red Oak Creek.
The Ellis County Museum has mounted a display of artifacts, pictures and documents from this era to remind us of the war.† We can see some idea of the events and lives of those who participated so long ago.
The Masonic Temple: A Lasting Presence
This exhibit takes a detailed look at the history of the Masonic Temple building on the corner of College and Franklin Streets. Built in five months in 1889, this regal structure has anchored the southeast corner of the Courthouse Square for over 120 years. Visit the Ellis County Museum to explore this in-depth study of Block 14, Lot 1, the current site of the Ellis County Museum.
Other new attractions in the Museum!
Please check out the new audio additions to the Home Front and Paul Richards exhibits. Local residents recall aspects of life ďat homeĒ during World War II and Richards talks about his baseball career.
Professional Baseball Player and Manager
"The Home Front"
Ellis County in World War II
Doll & Doll Furniture Display
Organized and installed by the Waxahachie Doll Club
All information on this web site is accurate to the best of our knowledge. We have many contributors of information and can not historically verify all facts. If you find errors or conflicting information, please contact the webmaster so the appropriate changes can be made. Where sources of information are known, credit is given to the individual or group responsible for the research. If we have missed crediting a contributing entity, let us know and we will correct the error.
Postal Address: P.O. Box 706, Waxahachie, Texas 75168
Street Address: 201 S. College St., Waxahachie, Texas 75165
Electronic Mail: email@example.com
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Visitors since September 6, 2002
The Gingerbread Trail is an annual home tour sponsored by the Ellis County Museum. Proceeds from this event play a large part in the museum's annual budget. The 2016 Trail will be the 48th year of the event. The Trail occurs on the first full weekend in June and features five historic homes, Ellis County Courthouse tours and other activities. Visit the Trail page for year specific information for this event.