A handful of Historic Waxahachie Inc. members got up early Saturday morning to continue work on two historic buildings close to downtown Waxahachie.
Organization president Bryan Johnson and Chad Hicks, one of the project’s chairmen, worked on repainting the calaboose and Wyatt buildings across the street from the police station.
The calaboose was one of the original jails of Ellis County and the Wyatt building was the original Citizens National Bank in Waxahachie.
Hicks has worked in conjunction with Brad Yates to get this project where it is today.
“Brad and I are responsible for heading up all the construction part of this,” Hicks said. “Brad helped get the buildings set up and moved. We are just trying to get them painted back to their original colors and get a new roof put on.”
Now Hicks and the rest of Historic Waxahachie need some help to get this project finished.
“We need some volunteers, that is the main thing,” Hicks said. “We have scheduled workdays set up. The more people we have the sooner we can get everything finished.”
Johnson said the workdays are posted in the Daily Light’s calendar of events.
The president also said completing projects like this are part of the organization’s purpose.
“We are committed to the preservation of our community,” Johnson said. “Here are two structures that were definitely integral to our community some 100 years ago and someone needed to step in and save them. Luckily we were there to be able to accomplish that task.”
Hicks said they have some plans for the two buildings when they are done working on them.
“After we get these painted we are going to add some landscaping and add a wrought iron fence,” Hicks said. “It will look really nice.”
Johnson said these two buildings will eventually become something more.
“The way we envision it,” Johnson said. “This will become a little park in itself so people can enjoy the shade and take a look around.”
That park will help add to the allure of Waxahachie, Hicks said.
“This adds to the charm of the downtown area of Waxahachie,” Hicks said. “That is part of the reason people come to Gingerbread Trail or the shops downtown. People like to come and look at the historic parts of this city.”
The organization has already planned out its next project and members will begin working on it as soon as they can.
“We are acquiring the train depot as a joint effort with the city of Waxahachie,” Johnson said. “We will restore it and hopefully it will become a big attraction to the community as well as for social and civic events.”
Historic Waxahachie can’t begin that project until this one is done and to do that they need help from volunteers, even if they don’t have any painting experience, Hicks said.
“Absolutely not,” Hicks said about the need for artistic experience. “We will help them on the way.”
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