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Farmersville City

Farmersville City Hall is located at 205 South Main Street, Farmersville, TX 75442; phone: 972-782-6151.

Beginnings [1]

Farmersville was founded in 1849 by local farmers who relocated from a previous settlement just a few miles away. The town was named for its residents' primary occupation, farming and raising cattle. Early Farmersville began as a trading center for the farmers who were rapidly settling the area. In the early days the settlement was a major railroad shipping point for cotton, onions and bois d'arc posts. In later years, corn, maize and cantaloupe became major crops.

Farmersville historically had several holidays and festivals to draw people to the downtown area. The Onion Shed remains as an historical reminder of the onions shipped from several such sheds in the past, from this "Onion Capital of North Texas." Currently, the town still holds the annual Audie Murphy Day Parade, in honor of the decorated World War II hero. Murphy was born not far from Farmersville and used his sister's Farmersville address as his own during his time serving in the United States Army.

There are several historical landmark homes found in Farmersville. These include the Bain-Honaker House and the Honaker-Holsonbake House. Other historic sites found in Farmersville are the Aston Building, the Masonic Lodge, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) and Huson Cemeteries. The I.O.O.F. Cemetery houses graves marked as early as the 1850s.

The public school system in Farmersville was founded in the 1890's and is currently the largest employer for the city. The weekly local newspaper, The Farmersville Times, was founded in 1885. Today it continues to provide news through both digital and hard copies.

  1. City of Farmersville, Texas, Comprehensive Plan, January, 2013, www.farmersvilletx.com, accessed May, 2015
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