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.

The Tornado of 1856

 The Tornado of 1856  – Program for Monday, March 14

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

March’s meeting will feature a program on the tornado of 1856 which almost wiped Cedar Hill off the Earth.  The program will focus on the new bookwritten primarily by Dave and Geri Klauck, members of the Cedar Hill Genealogical Society, “Gone with the Wind, the 1856 Cedar Hill Tornado”.

Guests will meet on Monday, March 14, at the Museum, 607 Cedar Street, at 6:30 p.m.  The program will take place at 7 pm across the street in the Downtown Church of Christ Fellowship Hall, 300 Broad Street.  Refreshments will be served.

All members and visitors are welcome to attend.  Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. 


2016 Heritage Calendars Available “Then and Now”

2016 Heritage Calendar Available for $10.00

The 2016 Heritage Calendar is available for $10.00 at the Museum, 607 Cedar Street in Historic Downtown.  They are also available at Sam’s Pizza and Pasta (next door to the Museum), the Library at 225 Cedar Street, and Krueger Automotive at 301 Hickerson.  

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

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 Alan Peters with Museum visitor Josh Porter