Welcome to Weatherford, a historic town that is just 20 minutes west of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, but it is like stepping back years in time. Weatherford, known as "the Cutting Horse Capital of the World," is also known for its community and family-oriented way of life that makes it one of the premier places to live in the north Texas area. Residents share a vision for Weatherford that balances its rich, western and pioneer heritage with progress and economic vitality. That is why its motto is "Growing with Tradition."
• Lake Weatherford • Weatherford Town Square • Doss Heritage and Culture Center
• Walmarts are located in Weatherford and in nearby Hudson Oaks • New HEB in Hudson Oaks • Albertsons • Tesky's Western Store • Lowe's • Home Depot • Best Buy • Kohl's • Belk • Bed Bath & Beyond • Academy • Hobby Lobby • Michael's • JCPenney • TJ Maxx
• Film Alley • Splash Kingdom • Famous Peach Festival
• Holland Lake Park • Soldier Springs Park • Heritage Park • Cartwright Park • Love Street Park • Cherry Park • Chandor Gardens • Lake Mineral Wells State Trailway
• Sugar Tree • Canyon West • Split Rail • Squaw Creek • Oeste Ranch
Medical City of Weatherford
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.
Situated just down the road from The Ranches at Valley View is the charming area of Springtown, Texas – a town that is known for being a great place to live, work, and play! This business-friendly community is a growing part of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan's area that services tens of thousands of residents, visitors and customers in and around the city's central square – a locally recognized gathering spot for holiday festivities and the cornerstone for many of the local restaurants and businesses. One of the best things about the city of Springtown are the residents are really proud of their community and foster a great welcoming spirit to new families coming to town.
The City of Springtown is home to a 33-acre park with amenities such as soccer and baseball fields, sand volleyball courts and disc golf. There is also a walking/jogging trail that winds through the park and passes by an area of creek bed which hosts a newly discovered set of dinosaur tracks. The town also offers library services both locally and county-wide through a mutual book-sharing program. Many civic organizations are available for employees to become actively involved such as the Lions' Club and local Optimist Club. There are also numerous volunteer opportunities in the area, including but not limited to, Neighbor to Neighbors, Center of Hope, the Manna House, and Stars and Strides Stables, a therapeutic riding center for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities. The City of Springtown also offers the Springtown Legends Museum, which captures Springtown's rich heritage and community spirit that is still the driving force which makes Springtown the best place to be in Parker County!
The spirit of this tight-knit community is reflected in the events which occur here annually. One of those being Old-Fashioned Christmas, a local celebration that encompasses the spirit of the holiday. This event is preceded each year by a lighted Christmas parade the Sunday after Thanksgiving. The nostalgic historic square is centered on a State of Texas recognized historic site that includes a carefully preserved open air Tabernacle which adds to the atmosphere of this community's events. Another such gathering is the annual Wild West Festival, where over 200 vendors arrive sporting their goods, along with a parade, and of course, some local western-style showdowns.
As the City of Springtown moves into the future, their vision includes continuing to provide quality parks, events, and activities that are geared towards creating a sense of community spirit that will carry on for many generations to come.
Known for its pleasing blend of Texas country charm and modern conveniences, the area around Paradise Meadows offers a diverse set of activities and events that are sure to appeal to all ages and interests.
Offering an easy 30-minutes commute to the city of Fort Worth, Texas, The Ranches at Valley View offers an ideal location for your new home in the country. This major metropolitan area is filled with a unique mix of attractions for visitors—from cowboys to culture, from sports to shopping. Explore the legendary Fort Worth Stockyards, the world-class Cultural District, downtown's dazzling Sundance Square, the top-ranked Fort Worth Zoo, Texas Motor Speedway, Texas Christian University, and so much more! For fun things to explore, the Fort Worth Ale Trail gives visitors and locals a unique craft beer experience, or you can catch a competitive rodeo year-round at Dickies Rodeo Arena!
Dallas is only a little over thirty minutes from The Ranches at Valley View and offers incredible culture, entertainment, shopping! Take a stroll through the Dallas Arts District and discover some of the greatest architecture in the world. For a historic experience, visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza to walk through a timeline of John F. Kennedy's life and presidency. Sports fans are in luck as Dallas is the only city in the Southwest to host five professional sports teams including "America's Team" the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas has some of the country's greatest shopping including the world-renowned NorthPark Center. And with over 8,000 restaurants, the Dallas area has something delicious to please any palate.