Street Address
810 S. 4th Street
Waco, TX 76706
Mailing Address
810 South Fourth Street
Waco, TX 76706
phone: 254-753-5166
fax: 254-714-1242
Sunday, Saturday2 PM - 5 PM
Rotating house tours
Tuesday - Friday11 AM - 3 PM
Call 254-753-5166 for information
Adults: $3.00 Seniors: $2.50 Students: $2.00 Children under 6 - Free
Museum Type(s)
Donald B. Davis, Executive Director
phone: 254-753-5166
Holly Browning, Curator
phone: 254-756-2626
Deborah Vardiman, Office Administrator
phone: 254-753-5166
Melissa Gonzalez, Education Coordinator
phone: 254-753-5166


Historic Waco Foundation in Waco, TX is one of more than 15,400 museums in the MuseumsUSA directory. Find an exciting museum to visit where you live or vacation today.


Historic Waco Foundation is a non-profit organization. The mission of Historic Waco Foundation is to collect, maintain, preserve, publish and interpret the heritage and history of Waco. McLennan County and Texas. The Foundation was formed in 1967 through the merger and incorporation of three common interest groups: The Heritage Society (East Terrace), the society of Historic Preservation (Fort House), and the Duncan Foundation (Earle-Napier-Kinnard House). HWF operates a fourth historic house museum, the McCulloch house. These museums date from 1858 to 1884.

In early 1986, Clark Concrete Company offered the 1890s Victorian cottage which was formerly the home of W. H. Hoffmann, his wife, son Harry and daughters Fay and Bird to Historic Waco Foundation. As it was going to be razed, HWF accepted and moved the house to its present location for use as the Foundations's office.

Funds for the Foundation's preservation, educatin and maintenance programs are provided from several sources including the special events Brazos River Festival, Holidays on the Brazos and other fund-raisers. In additin, other funds are derived from interest income, memberships, hotel/motel tax allocatin from the city's hotel occupancy tax, admissins and gift shop revenues. The Foundation has a membership base of approximately 1000 memberships ( individual and couples).

Educational programs include shool tours, slide presentations on Waco history, lectures on the history of the families that lived inour house museums. A four-month long decorative arts course is taught each year, including lectures on 17th, 18th and 19th century American furniture, architecture, silver, paintings, glass, porcelain and pottery, and costumes and textiles. A winter lecture series and a Victoriana lectue series consisting of three lectures each is conducted each winter and summer. A lecture on a specific area in the decorative arts is provided each spring. An educatinal journal, "Waco Heritage & History" is published three times a year. Another educational program aimed a thrid and fourth grade students is Historic Adventures at East Terrace, a history day camp creating the life of a Victorian child. House museum tours are conducted by trained docents who have completed the Barnes Decorative Arts Course, House family and history course and the interpretive training class. Room interpretatins in the house museums as w3ell as temporary exhibits using HWF's textile collection help to tell the story of Waco in the mid to late 1800s and earl 1900s.

Artifacts Collections

Artifacts date from 1795 to 1945. House msueums from 1855 - 1884.

Educational Programs

House museum tours, docent program, children's special camps & programs, lectures on local/Texas history


    Board of Directors


    Access: General Public

    Appointment required: Yes


    Newsletter - 4-6x per year Waco Heritage & History Magazine - 2x per year

    • Waco Heritage & History (2x/year), HWF Newsletter (4-6x/year)