WAXAHACHIE FOUNDATION AWARDS FARM A $5,000 GRANT!

The Waxahachie Foundation awarded a generous $5,000 grant to the Farm to build a 20’ X 30’ open-air pavilion for events, meetings, and programs.  The pavilion will provide a sheltered gathering place for attendees at the Farm’s major events as well Read More …

SURVEY OF BIRD POPULATION AT THE FARM

Surveys of the resident and migratory bird population at the Farm were conducted by Jake Poinsett – Program Manager, Trinity River Audubon Center, on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, and December 11, 2023.  Thirty-one bird species were documented by sight and Read More …

RESTORATION OF HISTORIC BARN IN PROGRESS

The 100+ year old barn on the Farm is being restored by Historic Preservationist Contractor Shane McKinley.  It is thought that the barn was probably built before the farmhouse, which was constructed in 1913, in order for the Henry McKinney Read More …

2023 FARM HERITAGE DAY A GREAT SUCCESS!

Farm Heritage Day on Sunday, September 24, 2023 was a great success!  Around 225 people attended, including lots of families and children.  It was a hot but fun day to enjoy a variety of outdoor and indoor living history activities.  Read More …

FREE TOUR OF McKINNEY-ADAY FARMHOUSE

Around 100 visitors enjoyed a FREE tour of the beautifully restored 1913 McKinney-Aday Farmhouse, on June 3 & 4, 2023, 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Click here to see photos of the tour.  Come join us for the 2024 Tour on June Read More …

A FUN PRAIRIE WILDLIFE AND WILDFLOWER ADVENTURE

The 2023 event on Sunday, April 30th, was a lot of fun!  Visitors enjoyed going on wildflower walks, watching the awesome beauty of butterflies alighting on the Texas Blackland Prairie flowers, doing fun crafts that featured learning about Texas’ floral Read More …

FARMING ITEMS DONATED BY ELLIS COUNTY MUSEUM

The Ellis County Museum donated items related to the farming history of Ellis County to the Rural Heritage Farm.  The items will be available for display and/or demonstration at the Farm.  Donated items include equipment needed for taking care of Read More …

FARM CONTINUES TO MAKE IMPROVEMENTS

A lot of improvements have been made or are being planned for the Farm.  Historical Preservationist Contractor Shane McKinley repaired and repainted weathered areas on the 1913 farmhouse.  Lonestar Roofing and Construction capped the old cistern and well near the Read More …

SEED BALLS PLANTING PROJECT

The highly successful Seed Balls Planting Project was supported by a $500.00 Seed Grant to the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and underwritten by Native American Seed.  Ginger Cole, Rural Heritage Farm Board Read More …

NATIVE PRAIRIES ASSOCIATION OF TEXAS PARTNERSHIP

The Native Prairies Association of Texas (NPAT) is an important new Community Partner of the Rural Heritage Farm.  In January 2022 Lu Ann Aday, Ph.D., President of the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm Board, toured the impressive new NPAT headquarters Read More …