Cedar Hill Museum of History

Cedar Street looking west from Main (about 100 years ago)
 

Where the past meets the present

Cedar Hill, first known as the cedar brakes, was founded around 1846 by a small group of settlers from the Peters Colony. They traveled to the Dallas area of North Texas on horseback and by ox-drawn wagon following trails beaten into existence by Indians, buffalo and explorers. They came seeking a place to build their homes, to socialize, worship and conduct business.

Attracted to the area by its lush natural beauty, the elevation and rocky slopes provided settlers a panoramic lookout and protection from intruders. The area also offered dense forests, rich Blackland soil, abundant creeks and streams, and opportunity.

Our forefathers turned this rugged territory into the thriving city it is today through hard work, ingenuity, foresight and sheer determination — a city steeped in family values, tradition and rich in history. See our page on the City of Cedar Hill website.

If you would like to join the Museum, download our membership application. The Cedar Hill Museum of History meets the first Tuesday of each month at 607 Cedar Street.

See our displays at the Cedar Hill Government Center, the Zula B. Wylie Library, and at the new Babe's Chicken Dinner House.

New Hours for Fall

This fall the Museum will be open on Friday and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Museum will be open by appointment on request by calling 214 769-8425.

Please specify if you would like a guided tour focusing on the fossil exhibit or Cedar Hill history.

Thank you!

 

“The Camels are Coming to Texas”

Program on the Camels of Central Texas during the Civil War

On April 10, 2017 our speaker will be Carol Hanson telling of the U.S. Army’s “Camel Experiment”.

During the 1850’s dozens of camels were brought to central Texas.  It’s a fascinating story with countless historic developments.

The program will begin 7 p.m. in the Museum at 607 Cedar Street.   The public is welcome.  For more information please call 214-769-8425. 

 

 

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Our Next Event

The Cedar Hill Museum of History board meets the second Monday of each month at 6:30 pm at 607 Cedar Street. 

Hours and Location

(972) 293-3806
 

607 Cedar Street
Cedar Hill, Texas 75104
in Historic Downtown
 

11am-3pm
Friday-Saturday
and by appointment
(Call 214 769-8425)

Now on Display

Charles E. Finsley
Memorial Fossil Exhibit

Friday through Saturday
11 am to 3 pm
by Alan Peters,
Paleontologist

Paleontologist Alan Peters with Museum visitor Josh Porter