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Welcome to Weatherford, Texas: ‘Growing with Tradition’

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Weatherford, Texas is located 20 minutes west of the Dallas/Fort Worth area and is a historic town full of charm with a motto of “Growing with Tradition, according to its website. Step back in time to a town known as the “Cutting Horse Capital of the World,” rich in a pioneer and western heritage. “Weatherford has become a draw for history buffs, western lifestyle enthusiasts and those with a pioneer spirit,” shares its website.

Visitors will not only enjoy its Victorian-era homes and historic shopping district but one of Texas’ premiere one-day festivals the Parker County Peach Festival. Weatherford is also known as the “Peach Capital of Texas,” named by the State Legislature and celebrated annually.

1. History

Weatherford

Photo: Facebook/Weatherford Chamber of Commerce

The crown jewel of Weatherford is the Parker County Courthouse, “…recently restored to its original splendor,” shares its website. This and more await visitors wanting to enjoy a small town atmosphere full of history and unexpected treasures along the way.

“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,” shares its website. Due to the neighboring National Cutting Horse Association headquarters and major events, you can catch most weekends, Weatherford is dubbed the “Cutting Horse Capital of the World.”

One of the best ways to take in the rich history Weatherford brings is to take the historic driving tour through town. Among the beautifully restored Victorian homes, you will come across the home of Broadway star Mary Martin, mother of Larry Hagman, who played J.R. Ewing on the TV show “Dallas,” who also grew up there, according to the Weatherford Chamber website. You’ll also come across Greenwood Cemetery, “…where famed cattle drover Oliver Loving is buried.”

2. Things To Do Around Town

Weatherford Texas

Photo: Facebook/Parker County Peach Festival

Among the many adventures to discover in Weatherford, Texas it’s easy to see how you can spend a day or weekend uncovering gems like its Chandor Gardens. “Built by famed English portrait artist Douglas Chandor for his Weatherford bride,” shares its website. Chandor Gardens is an inspiring space of architectural treasures with a 30-foot waterfall and secret hideaways that are breathtakingly beautiful.

Other awe-inspiring wonders you can discover and enjoy while taking a trip through Weatherford include the following:

For more on each of these cultural and exciting venues waiting to unveil the beauty and history of Weatherford visit their website www.weatherford-chamber.com.

3. Parker County Peach Festival

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Photo: Facebook/Parker County Peach Festival

Dubbed “The Peach Capital of Texas,” Weatherford is home to one of the sweetest festivals around. This July 14, 2018, marks the 34th annual Peach Festival that attracts over 40,000 visitors each year.

Admission is only $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Tickets can be purchased in advance for $4 at the Weatherford Chamber of Commerce. Held in Weatherford’s Historic Downtown district, the one-day festival is a “Premier Texas event.”

There are over 200 arts, crafts, food and activity booths for this fun family-oriented event complete with live music, children’s activities, a peach pedal bike ride, and peaches to your heart’s content. For more on this auspicious event visit their website at www.parkercountypeachfestival.org.