Growing with Tradition
The City of Weatherford is a historic town less than 30-minutes west of downtown Fort Worth. Weatherford has become known for its community-oriented way of life that makes it one of the premier places in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex to live and raise a family. Residents share a vision for Weatherford that balances its heritage with progress and economic vitality. That's why the town's motto is "Growing with Tradition."
Come explore this vibrant area of North Texas and enjoy a historic shopping district full of antique, boutique and specialty stores, as well as unique restaurants. Old-time Farmers' Market, First Monday Trades Days, and a bounty of Victorian-era homes bring residents and visitors to this city to share in the desire to maintain its heritage, as it grows toward the future.
Visitors to Weatherford will enjoy many treasures and exclusive things to do, including a historic shopping district full of antique, boutique and specialty stores; museums, Chandor Gardens and the love-story to be discovered within its walls; an old-time Farmers Market; First Monday Trades Days; and a bounty of Victorian-era homes. The town's crown jewel is the Parker County Courthouse, recently restored to its original splendor.
Chandor Gardens is Weatherford’s pride and joy. Built by famed English portrait artist Douglas Chandor for his Weatherford bride, the Gardens capture both the elegance of a formal English garden and the ornate design of Chinese architecture. From the 30-foot waterfall to soothing fountains, from a bowling green to secret hideaways, Chandor Gardens will capture your awe and wonder at every turn.
Clark Gardens Botanical Park awakens your senses to the natural wonders of Texas. Clark Gardens began in 1977 and opened to the public in 2000, as the personal dream of Max and Billie Clark. By using Texas adaptive plants and through an extensive system of conserving and collecting water Clark Gardens hopes to inspire and educate those that visit. For the train enthusiasts, the Clark Gardens G-Scale model gardens trains are a must see. The Historic Tree Trail contains over 75 different historical trees each telling a story from a famous place or famous person in American History. The facility contains 12 different venues for events, picnics and meetings.
Nature Lovers - Rails-to-Trails is a 26-mile trail way that can be explored by foot, bicycle or horseback. You can enjoy the wildlife along the trail as it winds through the countryside all the way from Weatherford to Mineral Wells. Town Creek Hike and Bike Trail is 3.2 miles of trail way beginning at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Golf enthusiasts will love Weatherford's scenic and challenging public courses, while water lovers are sure to find Lake Weatherford perfect for boating or fishing.
Culture & History
The Doss Heritage and Culture Center highlights Parker County's rich tapestry of cattle barons and cowboys, Broadway stars, artist and political leaders will all showcased in the new exhibit spaces. Museum planners envision a lively community center that can be used for a variety of purposes including small concerts, educational programs, meetings, celebrations and events for all segments of the community. The museum will be dedicated to preserving the history and culture of the area and to educate future generations about the past.
Museum of the Americas - Located in historic downtown Weatherford, the Museum features the rich heritage and living traditions of indigenous peoples from Native America, Mexico, and Latin America. Discover how the Eskimos of Alaska and Canada developed crafts and a way of life very different from the tribes of the Amazon; or how the Plains Indians followed the buffalo while the Aztecs built great civilizations. The Museum offers hundreds of artifacts, masks, ceramics, costumes, toys and more, of interest to people of all ages.
Proximity to the National Cutting Horse Association headquarters and major events has made Weatherford the Cutting Horse Capital of the World. Weatherford is home to dozens of Hall of Fame trainers, hundreds of the best horses in the industry and one life-size bronze cutting horse that graces the lawn of the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Thanks to the horse industry, there are also plenty of shops for those looking for western wear or tack. If you want to see what cutting is all about, you can catch a show on most weekends at Weatherford's Silverado on the Brazos.
Downtown & Around
Downtown - Visitors to Weatherford will enjoy many treasures. The Historic Shopping District is full of antique, boutique and specialty stores. Many specialize in western memorabilia and rustic, ranch-style furniture. There's also an old-time Farmer's Market downtown, where you can buy fresh Parker County produce, including watermelon, pecans and the area’s famous peaches. The crown jewel of downtown is the Parker County Courthouse, recently restored to its original splendor.
First Monday Trade Days – If it’s wheelin’ and dealin’ you desire, then be sure and plan your trip during Weatherford’s First Monday Trade Days, always held the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before the first Monday in each month. There is a farm and ranch lot with critters, food, items for in the home, as well as lots of items for use and decoration outside.
Historic Driving Tour - Take a driving tour to see Weatherford's bounty of Historic Homes. A variety of architectural styles are represented including Victorian, Queen Anne, and Greek Revival. See the home where Broadway star Mary Martin was born, where her son Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing on the TV show “Dallas,” grew up, and where former U.S. Speaker of the House, Jim Wright, spent his boyhood days. Be sure and visit Greenwood Cemetery, where famed cattle drover Oliver Loving is buried and the story is the inspiration behind Texas author Larry McMurtry's novel, Lonesome Dove. You'll also see the Pythian Home, Weatherford's own “Castle on the Hill” that was built in 1909 by the Knights of Pythias as a home for widows and orphans.