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Waxahachie, Texas

The name, Waxahachie, is derived from the Indian word meaning "cow (or buffalo) creek." Now the seat of Ellis County, Waxahachie was once squarely on the Chisholm Trail.

Waxahachie is noted for its abundance of elaborate Victorian-style homes with "gingerbread" trim. Several movies have been made in the city featuring its old buildings and homes. For a map of historic homes and buildings and where movies have been shot, visit the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce.

Born in Atlanta, Bessie Coleman grew up in Waxahachie. She became the first black person in the world to become a licensed pilot in June 1921. In 1995, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor.

The late Paul Richards called Waxahachie home, too. He was a longtime player and manager for the Chicago White Sox, Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. He also served as special advisor to Eddie Chiles and the Texas Rangers. Richards Field, named in his honor, is home for the high school baseball team.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Things to do near Waxahachie, TX

Historic Homes Tour

Several homes in varying architectural designs have been restored to their original charm of the 1800s. Several of the homes ...

Fairfield Lake Park

There are campsites with water (most on the lakefront); campsites with water and electricity; a hike-in primitive camping are...

Frontier Gallery

A unique western art gallery and proud licensee of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Fine limited-edition prints, scu...

Old Fort Graham

A U.S. military post was established in 1849 at Fort Graham. As the line of settlement moved westward, the need for the fort ...

Grand Prairie Municipal Golf Course -Red/White

Course Access: PublicHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: 3 days...