Waxahachie, designated in the early 1900′s as Queen of the Cotton Belt, has grown to be known as the Gingerbread City for the ornate woodwork found on many of the historic homes, as well as being designated the Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas. Waxahachie also claims the title of Movie Capital of Texas, with over thirty motion pictures and three Academy Award films, and is recognized as being Picture Perfect by the movie industry. For over 150 years, visitors have enjoyed the culturally and historically rich attractions of Waxahachie that are interwoven with the history of Texas.
Waxahachie is also an attractive tourist destination. The charm of the historic homes and buildings brings thousands of visitors to the city each year. While here, visitors enjoy numerous unique shopping opportunities, including antiques, specialty shops and boutiques.
In 1997, the Texas State Legislature designated Waxahachie as the “Crape Myrtle Capital of Texas.” Each summer, the city’s historic streets are lined with hundreds of beautiful pink crape myrtles in full bloom.
Waxahachie’s year-round attractions and festivals include the Mardi Gras Parade and Ball, Gingerbread Trail in June, Rotary Cow Creek Country Classic Bike Ride in June, Crape Myrtle Festival in July, Texas Country Reporter Festival in October and the World War II Reenactment in November which celebrates Veterans’ Day. December offers an array of activities with the Victorian Christmas Festival, Candlelight Tour of Homes and Bethlehem Revisited.
The population at the end of 2008 was just over 30,000, with a healthy average growth rate of 3.7%.