Growing with tradition

Photo by Kaleb Elledge

Location is everything, and never has that rang truer than when it comes to the North Texas town of Weatherford.

Sitting at the intersection of U.S. Highway 180 and 80, Weatherford is only 30 miles west of the Fort Worth and 60 miles west of Dallas. Interstate 20 runs along the edges of the southern part of town, providing major access to the metropolitan area.

This ideal location has allowed Weatherford to maintain a culture separate from that of the hustle and bustle of the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, but offers easy, convenient access to DFW as it sits right in its backdoor.

However, there is so much more to this thriving North Texas town than just its location, and it’s hard to know where to even begin describing all it has to offer. The town moniker “growing with tradition” accurately describes this hometown that has held on tight to it’s rich history while expanding it’s amenities as it explodes in popularity.

With so many stunning attributes, it’s hard to narrow everything that is great about Weatherford into just one list, but here it goes, in no particular order:

  1. Peach Capital of Texas

The Texas State Legislature gave the sweet moniker to Weatherford due to the producers in the area growing the sweetest and juiciest peaches in the Lone Star State. To celebrate, the town throws the Parker County Peach Festival each July. This year’s event included more than 200 art, craft and activity vendors, peachy treats, kid activities, live entertainment, the Peach Pedal Bike Ride and 42 domino tournament. Of course, sweet Parker County peaches are a must at the fun celebration.

  1. Rich History
  • The Museum of the Americas is located right in the heart of Weatherford on its’ downtown square. The museum features the diverse heritage of indigenous peoples from the Americas through an array of artifacts, masks, ceramics, costumes, toys and more. The Museum of the Americas nurtures the understanding for diverse people and their struggle to survive. Explore everything from colorful costumes of the Seminole Indians of Florida to how the Plains Indians followed the buffalo.
  • The 23,000-square foot Doss Heritage and Culture Center opened in 2006, offering a place to dwell in the history and culture of Parker County. The center has rotating exhibits, including an area for the Weatherford Art Association’s Artist of the Month. Permanent displays include an interactive display that teachers about early pioneer and American Indian life in Parker County and a display chronicling the life of actress Mary Martin, who grew up in Weatherford.
  • Weatherford’s Vintage Car Museum and Event Center is home to many of owner Tom Moncrief’s own cars and to a rotating collection of classic automobiles. The cars are showcased at the museum, located just east of the Parker County Courthouse Square. The unique venue is available for events. After enjoying an afternoon browsing through the stunning classic autos, grab a bite at its sister company, The Vintage Grill and Car Museum, just east across the street.

To read the full story, pick up a copy of the September/October issue of LiveIt magazine.