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!
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.
College Street Restaurant and Pub
We have been informed that The College Street Pub is now a Smoke Free Restaurant. Smoking will be allowed outside on the patio and balcony. And a new restaurant review will be added shortly Located at 210 N College Street, this is one of our favorite places. Great food. My personal favorite is the Reuben.
Here at the College Street Restaurant and Pub we strive to be an authentic taste of England with a little bit of a Texas flair. We are a family business with deep family roots in England which allows us to provide our customers with a true Pub-like experience and atmosphere.
When the Catfish Plantation Restaurant in Waxahachie, Texas is mentioned, the first thing people usually ask is "that's the haunted restaurant, isn't it?" Yes, it is. It is known far and wide in that realm. However, we locals know they have the best catfish around.
Waxahachie Preservation Society
Since its revival in 2000, the Waxahachie Chautauqua has come alive again in the form of an annual one-day Assembly held the last Saturday in September. Educational, inspirational and entertaining programs are presented by respected scholars, artists and teachers in the restored Chautauqua Auditorium, in old-fashioned tents, and in the surrounding pastoral shaded setting of Getzendaner Park. Lectures and performances revolve around a particular theme that is viewed through the arts, humanities and sciences. The goal of the revived Chautauqua is to continue the unique spirit and tradition of the historic Chautauqua by offering a place for discovery and renewal.
El Mexicano Grill
This restaurant run by the Huerta family is a recent addition to the scene in downtown Waxahachie, TX. Located at 114 E. Franklin Street, it is at the other end of the block from the Ellis County Museum. It is just the right size, beautifully decorated, and has a nice ambience about it.
The menu is extensive and the plates are large, so bring your appetite. A standout was the Carne Guisada, a Mexican-style beef stew. The large tender chunks of beef were perfectly tender in a luscious red gravy. The Spanish rice is the old Mexico style and a great compliment to the stew. Served along with refried beans, salad and guacamole, it is a bargain at $7.99. They also serve margarita, pin coladas, domestic and imported beers.
The Burleson House, Yep It's Haunted
Burleson House, (located at 1206 West Main Street in Waxahachie, Texas), was the original headquarters of T.W. Burleson & Son's Pure Honey (a family-owned business), which was established in 1907 by Thomas William Burleson. Today, Burleson's Honey has a reputation for being one of the top ten honey brands in the United States and the oldest and largest honey packer in the Southwest. The house was built in 1915 and it is said to be haunted by several long-departed ghosts from its past.
The Rogers Hotel
Several years back, the owner of the Rogers Hotel said he believed that the historic hotel was haunted. He then proceeded to tell me about this incident with his maintenance man. When the owner 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 that 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 renovation and this area was off limits to the public. The man was wearing old dusty clothes that appeared to be from another era.
Winding Ridge Bed and Breakfast
We have just learned about this nice Bed and Breakfast located just south of Ennis Texas.
Located 30 minutes from downtown Dallas on lovely Sugar Ridge Road (one of the official Bluebonnet Trails) near Ennis, Texas where rolling hills, wild flowers and scenic views greet you! Retreat to your own 22 private acres in a charming Texas Hill Country atmosphere. Unwind watching the magnificent sunrise and sunsets on the wrap-around porch or melt into the jacuzzi hot tub as you gaze at an abundance of starsor cozy up around the fabulous rock fire pit sipping your favorite beverage. Book Winding Ridge for your next romantic getaway or family "stay-cation". Other occasions unclude: intimate weddings, reunions, birthday parties, camp outs and retreats.
We will have more information on the interesting B&B shortly.