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 – 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

and by appointment

2016 Heritage Calendar

2016 Heritage Calendar available here

2016 Heritage Calendar Available for $10.00

2016 Heritage Calendar Available for $10.00