We are now on the National Register of Historic Places
On December 9, 2017, this small and vibrant town joined at the Gazebo for a marker dedication to commemorate our new National Register District designation.
Our thanks for those who worked very hard, including our past Main Street Manager, Adah Leah Wolf who worked tirelessly to make this possible. She retired from her position in October 2017 after seeing this project through from start to finish.
The National Register of Historic Places is the official list of the Nation’s historic places (districts, sites, buildings, structures and objects) deemed worthy of preservation. Authorized by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places is part of a national program to coordinate and support public and private efforts to identify, evaluate, and protect America’s historic and archeological resources.
Take a look around and it’s so easy to see the historic preservation in this beautiful downtown square with it’s beautiful architecture, street lamps, brick streets, the Bain-Honaker House, the Farmersville Museum (opening soon) and the Historic Onion Shed. This proud little town is full of history, past leaders who left a great legacy and those who recognized the value to keep preservation going.
The Chaparral Trailhead begins at the Historic Onion Shed and the City Park in downtown Farmersville. Enjoy a 5.2 mile round trip on this multi-use paved trail which is maintained by the City of Farmersville. You can travel as far as 130 miles (on this trail which was previously used as the railroad right-of-way) to New Boston, Texas developed for the purpose of hiking, biking, walking, jogging, nature walking and horseback riding. Many geocache locations also exist along the Chaparral Trail. There is ample parking, a covered pavilion with picnic tables and restroom facilities, all within walking distance in Farmersville. Click here to see our online Visitors Guide.
We are the fifth longest trail to pass thru the North Texas.
Proud moments for Farmersville and Chaparral Trail March 2013 article in Texas Highways.
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Discover Farmersville & The Chaparral Trail
Farmersville is located in Collin County about 20 minutes east of McKinney and west of Greenville. There are businesses all along highway 380 and Highway 78 going all the way through to the north and south ends of town with lots of shopping, dining and antiques. Then, there is our unique downtown square lined with everything you need including auto parts, bank, Post Office, drug store, medical clinics, antiques, gifts, Mexican food, consigned treasures, clothes, tons of books, jewelry, furniture, baby gifts, caps, a flea market every 1st Saturday and an auction every 4th Saturday. It’s all less than a mile off the Highway 78 Exit or Highway 380 & Main Street exit.
Get Important Numbers in Collin County January 2016 for utilities, Library, City Offices, food pantries, emergency aid & resources, etc.
If you are here for a great shopping experience or diverse dining opportunities click on our Chamber Directory to check out businesses to the far south on Hwy. 78, north on 78, downtown on the square, or anywhere along Hwy 380. We just about have it all–and for a small town with 170 Chamber Members we think you will find exactly what you need on our Directory.
Farmers & Fleas Market is the 1st Saturday of every month at the Onion Shed. Vendors, guests, tourists and residents welcome.
City of Farmersville
205 S. Main Street | Farmersville, Texas 75442
Farmersville Independent School District
Jeff Adams, Superintendent
501A Hwy. 78 North
Farmersville, TX 75442
Go Fighting Farmers!!!
Audie Leon Murphy
The most decorated WWII hero, was born into a family of twelve children in Kingston, Texas. He grew up in Texas around Farmersville with a father who came in and out of his life until he eventually deserted the family for good. Audie dropped out of school, still a young boy, and worked odd jobs to help the family. His mother, whom he loved, died in 1941 one year after his father left, when he was only sixteen years old. Soon after that his sisters helped falsify documents to help him get into the military which he finally did after a few rejected him because of his small stature. That unlikely warrior didn’t take long to become the most decorated WWII hero. In June 1945 Murphy returned a national hero to Farmersville, Texas. That summer Life Magazine met him in Farmersville to tell the story his life, his return, his and his heroism.
Later The Life story caught the attention of actor James Cagney who beckoned him to Hollywood. Stardom didn’t come easy at first. It seemed to come when Murphy and his Texas friend McClure and wrote a gripping but classic wartime memoir. Originally published in 1949, To Hell and Back was a bestseller for fourteen weeks and later became a major motion picture starring Audie Murphy as himself.
Murphy never got comfortable in life, partly due to his poor and struggling families problems, his mother’s death, and post traumatic stress. He died in an airplane crash in Virginia in 1971 when he was only 46 years old.