Help Bring History to Life

Be a part of History

We’re reimagining our museum to bring you more spaces to experience, learn about, and participate in, the history of Ellis County. The stories of Ellis County matter, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of individuals, families, and businesses that believe in the power of the past. Members of the Ellis County Museum get first access to news, event invitations, updates, and programming. Membership donations directly go to funding the efforts of the museum to bring history to life- will you be a part of history with us?

A Storied Past

Over the last several years, the Ellis County Museum has undergone a substantial rehabilitation effort on our historic building, built in 1889. From expanding the space where history lives, to restoring important architectural features, and even bringing back to life the stunning third floor overlooking the historic downtown Waxahachie square, we’re working tirelessly to write the next chapter of the Ellis County Museum’s story.

In 1975, the Museum purchased the former Masonic lodge at 201 S. College and moved all displays and artifacts there.   At that time the goal was for the museum to utilize the entire building.  Over the next 45 years, that goal was always a dream of the board and members.  Finally that goal is in sight.  With your support, it has been possible to install an elevator and renovate both the second and third floors of this historic building that anchors downtown Waxahachie.

While we are in the final stretch, we still have a few areas we need your help.

If you would like to help with the capital campaign fundraising or need further information about our plans, please contact the Ellis County Museum at or call (972) 937-0681.

We sincerely hope you will assist the Ellis County Museum in becoming one of the most viable places on the historical square for many years to come.

Thank you for your support.

-Ellis County Museum Board of Directors

Harold Barnard, Shirley Chapman, Steve Chapman, Ginger Cole, Carol Farrar, Glinda Felty, John Hamilton, Ellen Hays, Linda Henry, Nancy Hightower, David Hudgins, Teresa McNiel, Sam Meade, Marlene Norcross, Winnie O’Donnell, Victor Pointer, Melanie Reed, Dep Rupp, Sylvia Smith, Brad Underwood,  Suzanne Walker, Michele Wray and Beth Young

Michelle Haye, Executive Director and Curator

1st Floor 

You can make a difference for every generation on the first floor of the museum. There are opportunities to the enhance first floor exhibits through a namesake donation.

2nd Floor

Our 2nd floor will be dedicated to education and research, including the history of the economic development of Ellis County, it’s textile industry, architectural development, and even geneological research.

3rd Floor

The 3rd floor of the museum will be dedicated to gatherings. We plan to create a space that will be used for community events, meetings, and special occasions through the restoration of the Masonic Lodge’s Assembly Hall and Lecture Hall,


201 S. College St., Waxahachie, Texas  75165
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