Welcome to Farmersville
We hope you will want to take a little walk down the Chaparral Trail, all around town, see the Bain Honiker House, or the Museum, the historic Onion Shed, our treasured brick streets downtown on the square, or visit our City Parks. At The Onion Shed there are restrooms, a playground, picnic tables and covered seating.
Discover a Texas Treasure
We hope you want to get to know us a little better. We welcome new businesses, new Chamber Members and new or returning people to Farmersville. We are a vibrant city on the move, so if you want to know more about us or if you want to move closer to us, WATCH this VIDEO.
If you are a business coming to Farmersville or wanting to know more HERE is the VIDEO that’s full of information all about us.
If you are a visitor, we hope you feel welcome around here. 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 178 Chamber Members we think you will find exactly what you need in this Texas treasure.
If you have questions, need utilities, need any help or assistance click this link to our IMPORTANT TELEPHONE NUMBERS.
Audie Leon Murphy
FARMERSVILLE’S HOMETOWN HERO – 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.
Audie Murphy, the most decorated war hero won 33 international awards for service in WWII, all before his 21st birthday. It wasn’t until October 29, 2013 in Farmersville that Texas Governor Rick Perry posthumously presented the Legislative Medal of Honor which is the highest military decoration that can be awarded to a member of the Texas Military Forces. In addition to this honor, we has also been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, the Legion of Merit, two Bronze Stars and three Purple Hearts.
National Register of Historic Places – Farmersville
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, 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.
What an honor! What a heritage…. what a town!!
“I hope this town will continue to grow and businesses will prosper. I pray that God will guide our city leaders to bring out the best in our town, to see good in everyone and make decisions that will unite us again. I’m proud to be a part of Farmersville. It is a Texas treasure. Let’s all work together better for the good of our community.”
The Chaparral Trail
The Chaparral Trailhead begins at the Historic Onion Shed and the City Park in downtown Farmersville. Enjoy a 5 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. There is ample parking, a covered pavilion with picnic tables and restroom facilities; there is also our historic downtown square that is all within walking distance in Farmersville.
Click Chaparral Trail Map to see our current trail map or click Chaparral Trail Visitors Guide to read more.
Northeast Texas Trail Coalition
This website provides current information about the Trail from Farmersville to New Boston including Camping Information On The Trail, NETT Amenities Guide for a list of amenities along the entire trail, and more. Visit NETT website for more great information.
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. Read the full article.
Farmersville Community Events
For more information about City Main Street Program events contact:
City of Farmersville Main Street Program
ANNUAL CITY-WIDE EVENTS
Farmersville Sparks of Freedom In July
Audie Murphy Day Celebration
Farmersville National Night Out
Old Time Saturday
At The Onion Shed with over 100 vendors. The first Saturday in October.
For more information contact Dustin Tarrant (Independent Financials Bank)
Follow OTS on Facebook for all their event information.
This event is sponsored by the Farmersville Centennial Committee. (It is not a Chamber event.)
Additional Services & Information
City of Farmersville
CITY HALL HOURS
Monday thru Thursday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Friday 7:30 am – 11:30 am
For electric/water/sewer emergencies or repair call City Hall 24 hours a day at 972-782-6151. If after hours, the answering service will get the call to the right department.
Bryon Weibold, Mayor
Mike Sullivan, Police Chief
Kevin Lisman, Fire Chief
Rike Memorial Library
Farmersville Independent School District
501A Hwy. 78 North
Farmersville, TX 75442
Michael French, Superintendent
Go Fighting Farmers!!!
Member Success Stories
The Farmersville Chamber of Commerce is an invaluable resource for local businesses. It is constantly publicizing member businesses, as well as sponsoring activities to bring new customers to the community. If you deal with the public, then Chamber membership is one of the best investments you can make.