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.

Outstanding Citizen of the Month – October, 2009

Jimmie Ruth Hughs White was born May 6,1941 in Waco and raised in Killeen, Texas.

In 1976 she and her husband, Jim, opened Spotlight Dance Studio on Hickerson Street in Cedar Hill, bringing the best in dance education to our community as well as a ray of sunshine to all. Summers from 1980 through 2001 she traveled with the Hoctor Dance Caravan training dance instructors and dancers all over the United States. In 1980 she and Jim moved their Dance Studio to the historic downtown area purchasing the T.A. Bray building on Houston. She has been the driving force behind the quality growth of Country Day on the Hill. Her son, Paul Allen, resides in Southlake and daughter, Ellen, in Maypearl.

Photograph taken October, 2007 – Jim and Jimmie Ruth White honored as King and Queen of the Hill.

Outstanding Citizen of the Month – September, 2009

Rosa Belle Bordner Plummer was born October 15, 1914 in Desoto and received a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity University. She taught 2nd grade from 1935 until 1980 for the Cedar Hill School. For many years she also taught high school typing and shorthand and coached girl’s basketball. She married Jess Plummer in 1936 and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was awarded as an Honorary Lifetime Member of the PTA, crowned Queen of the Hill in the late 1980’s and Plummer Elementary was named after her. She was loved by all and on June 2, 1980 the City honored her with Rose Belle Plummer Day. When she received this news she responded, “You have helped fill my life with beauty, joy and grace. You helped make the world we live in a better and happier place.”

She passed away November 25, 2005 at age 91 and is survived by her daughter, Jadene Plummer Brown.

Photograph of Rose Plummer taken in 1962. There is a display at the Government Center on Uptown Blvd. which acknowledges this as Rose Plummer month, along with Cedar Hill’s old school photographs and information.

Outstanding Citizen of the Month – August, 2009

Amanda McFarland Hall was born in Van Nuys, California 0ctober 20, 1940, the younger sister of Spanky McFarland of the “Little Rascals”. Her family moved to the Dallas area when she was a small child and she graduated from Adamson High School in Oak Cliff.

After moving to Cedar Hill, Texas she and her husband, Archie Hall, had one son Keith Hall. Amanda and Archie had a successful real estate business in Cedar Hill for many years.

In the 1980’s she was a delegate to the National Republican Party Convention and in 1998 she was the second woman elected to serve on the Cedar Hill City Council.

Amanda loved Cedar Hill and gladly served her community. She held various board positions and memberships to Country Day on the Hill, Chamber of Commerce, City of Cedar Hill 2008 Comprehensive Plan, Cedar Hill Main Street Program, Cedar Hill Historical Society, Cedar Hill Museum of History, Cedar Hill Citizen’s Police and Fire Academy and was a founding member of the Cedar Hill Independent School District Education Foundation. Amanda was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

She passed away in Cedar Hill, Texas June 23, 2009.

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