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Ellis County Museum, Inc.

Waxahachie, Texas

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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!

Follow this link for Waxahachie's accommodations.

Museum hours are: Monday - Saturday, 10 AM - 5 PM.






Historical Information

Recently added historical information

First Football Game - 1897

Texas Oil Products

Superconducting Super Collider (SSC)

Ellis County

Ellis County Courthouse

Courthouse Faces

Ellis County Cemeteries

Ellis County Communities

Ellis County Jail - 1888








Richard Ellis

James Riely Gordon

Harry Herley

William Sidney Pittman

Bessie Coleman


The Texas Theater

Schools & Education

Oak Lawn, History & Photos

Marvin College


Joshua Chapel A. M. E. Church

St. Joseph Catholic Church


Archival Supplies Online

Archival Information Online


Governing Documents & Policies


Collection Management Policy

Board of Directors








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.

Museum Membership

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.

Our Mission

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


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 Friday 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.




"Waxahachie Remembers" video


Friday, January 27th


Produced by the Ellis County Museum in 1988 and narrated by local legend Bill Pitts, this video looks at the early years of Waxahachie and features local residents discussing historical tidbits of the community's early history.



Mr. Alex Toprac

"The New Age Historic Homes & Structures"


Friday, February 24th


Mr. Toprac is the regional reviewer for the Texas Historical Commission's architecture division.



Ms. Sharan Farmer

"The Early History of the Sims Family in Ellis County"


Friday, March 24th


Ms. Farmer researched and wrote the narrative for the the Texas Historical Commission marker on this topic.



Mr. John Hamilton

"The Naming of Waxahachie"


Friday, April 28th


Please join the Ellis County Museum and Mr. John Hamilton for an interesting look at the life of early settler General Edward Tarrant and his contributions to our yet founded county and county seat.



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.


Past Brown Bag Speakers



Ellis County Museum Highlights of 2015 - 2016

Fiscal Year


Did You Know?

The Early History of the Texas Theater

in Waxahachie

Upcoming Museum Events





New Exhibit


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 “at home” during World War II and Richards talks about his baseball career.


Paul Richards

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.

Contact Information

Telephone: 1-972-937-0681

FAX: 1-972-937-0681

Postal Address: P.O. Box 706, Waxahachie, Texas 75168

Street Address: 201 S. College St., Waxahachie, Texas  75165

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Upcoming Museum Events

Historic Postcards

Historic Photographs

Special Events

Gingerbread Trail Home Tour

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 2017 Trail will be the 49th 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.



Lots of Links


Texas Lakes Trail


Waxahachie Downtown Merchants


Local Accommodations