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2010 Census - 1,691
2000 Census - 1,433
Lorena, Texas
Lorena Texas History:
Settlers began arriving in the 1850s. The town was platted when the Missouri, Kansas and Texas built a line between Hillsboro and Taylor, and established a stop at the community. The town was named in honor of Lorena Westbrook, the daughter of a prominent local family. The Lorena post office was established in 1882. In 1884, the community had a general store, two grocery stores, and 150 residents.  Area farmers and ranchers shipped cotton, corn, and livestock. By 1890, Lorena had a hotel, a school, a steam cotton gin and gristmill, two churches, three general stores, and 250 residents. Lorena incorporated in 1959. Many residents commute to Waco for work. Lorena is located just west of the Brazos River at the intersection of IH-35 (Exit 323 and 322) and FM 2837 (Old Lorena Road), 46 miles southeast of Laguna Park and Lake Whitney, 10.8 miles south of Woodway, 22 miles southwest of Elm Mott, 15 miles southwest of Waco, 32 miles southwest of Mart, 28.6 miles northwest of Marlin, 29.89 miles northeast of Belton, 21.7 miles northeast of Temple, 14.8 miles northeast of Moody, 35.8 miles southeast of Gatesville, and 15.7 miles southeast of McGregor, Texas.
Center Street Antique Mall:
Open Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, 1pm-6pm. (254) 857-9656. 102 E. Center Street.
Annual Heart of Texas Fair & Rodeo, Oct, Waco, TX:
Activities include a livestock show, a fair, rodeo and parade, the All American Pro-rodeo Finals, live music, creative arts displays, demonstrations and competitive events, the annual Weiner Dogs Nationals, gift giveaways, a talent contest, and commercial vendors. The box office is open Mon-Fri, 8am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. (254) 776-1660. This event is held at the Extraco Events Center a t4601 Bosque Boulevard, Waco, Texas 76710. A free shuttle from Bosque Square runs daily during gate hours.  Email 
Annual Community Wide Garage Sale During Harvest Festival, Oct:
Maps may be picked up at 8am at the Lorena United Methodist church Harvest Festival, 205 South Bordon Street. To add your address to the map, call (254) 857-4670. 
Annual Harvest Festival & Pumpkin Patch, a Saturday in Mid-Oct:
This festival features food, games, a garage sale, a BBQ and baked goods sale, and a silent and live auction. This event is held at the Lorena United Methodist Church, 205 South Bordon Street. (254) 857-4670. 
Annual Christmas in the Country Festival & Classic Car Show, Saturday after Thanksgiving:
Activities include a silent auction, arts and crafts vendors, a bake sale, a 11am parade with Santa Claus, hamburgers cooked by the Lorena Volunteer Fire Department, a pet costume contest, live music and a classic car show. Bring your camera or have photos with Santa taken by the professional photographer. This event is sponsored by the Lorena Community Action League. Open 9am-4pm. (254) 857-4670. This event is held in downtown Lorena. Contacts
Tehuacana Creek Vineyards:
They produce 18 wines, and are open for sales and free tours and wine tastings Mon-Thu, Noon-5pm, Fri, Noon-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; closed Sundays. Large groups of 6 or more should call before arriving so special accommodations may be made. They also serve wine by the bottle along with homemade breads, crackers, cheeses, salami, and their famous garlic goat cheese. Unfinished bottles will be recorked for guests. (254) 875-2375. 6826 E. SH 6, Waco, TX 76705. Email   
Valley Mills Vineyards:
This vineyard is owned by John and Kandi Bagnasco. The tasting room is open Thu-Fri, 2pm-7pm; Sat, 12 noon-7pm; Sun, 12 noon-5pm. (254) 848-4343. They are located just west of Waco at 8532 SH 6 North, Woodway. Email 
Texas Cheese House:
Scott Simon makes a variety of artesian cheeses and sells local cheeses from The Mozzarella Company, and the Veldhuizen Family Farm in Dublin. They also bake homemade breads, and stock gourmet crackers, Wind & Willow cheese ball and dessert mix, sauces and other items from Fredericksburg Farms, and candies from Wiseman House Chocolates in Hico, Texas. Scott offers cheese samples, and dine-in or carry-out. Menu items include sandwiches, soups, appetizers, grilled cornbread, drinks and desserts. Open Mon-Fri, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 12 noon-5pm. (254) 655-4217. 102 East Center Street in Lorena, Texas. Lorena is located at the intersection of IH-35 and FM 2837, 10.8 miles south of Woodway, 15 miles southwest of Waco, 21.7 miles northeast of Temple, 14.8 miles northeast of Moody, and 15.7 miles southeast of McGregor, Texas. Email   Reviews