Waxahachie /ˌwɒksəˈhætʃi/ is the county seat of Ellis County, Texas, United States, and lies just beyond the southern suburbs of Dallas. The population was 29,621 at the 2010 census.
The uniquely designed Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie
|Nickname(s): "The Gingerbread City" "Hachie"|
Location of Waxahachie, Texas
|Coordinates: 32°23′59″N 96°50′50″W|
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to theKöppen Climate Classification system, Waxahachie has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
Employment opportunities in the city are highly oriented toward industry. Owens Corning, Georgia-Pacific, Fortra Fiber Cement (James Hardie), GMP/GPPAW Rock Tenn, AEP Industries, Magnablend, Dart Container are located within a few miles of each other. Non-industrial employers include Baylor Scott & White Health, Waxahachie Independent School District, Walgreen Distribution Center, Wal-Mart, HEB Grocery, and Southwestern Assemblies of God University. The city's Economic Development Department provides a searchable database of available industrial and commercial properties athttp://www.crossroadsoftx.com.
Waxahachie was the site of the proposed Superconducting Super Collider, a particle accelerator complex similar to the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. The project was cancelled in 1993 due to budget problems.
The Scarborough Renaissance Festival (also called Scarborough Faire), a popular Renaissance fair theme park, is located southwest of the town. It opens annually during the months of April and May and has been in operation since 1981. The city's annual Gingerbread Trail Festival features tours of many of the Gingerbread homes.
Waxahachie is locally known for its elaborate Richardsonian Romanesque courthouse, considered by many to be among the most beautiful of Texas's older courthouses. The town also features many examples of Victorian architecture and Gingerbread homes, several of which have been converted into bed and breakfasts. There is also the Children's Museum of Waxahachie (101 South College Street), Ellis County Art Association & Museum (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 501 West Main Street).
Parks in Waxahachie include: Spring Park, Getzendaner Memorial Park, Richards Park, Sheaffer Full Life Center - Southwest Assemblies of God University, Southwest Assemblies of God University Football Field, Lumpkin Stadium, Southwest Assemblies of God University Baseball Fields, Chapman Park.