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2010 Census - 8,452
2000 Census - 8,733
Woodway, Texas
Woodway Texas History:
The town began as a small community on U.S. 84 in the late 1940s and early 1950s. The rapid grown of the community caused residents to vote to incorporate as Woodway Village in 1955. In 1973, it was renamed Woodway. Today it is a master planned community with 1,850 residential use acres and the remainder allocated to commercial use. The majority of residents commute to Waco for work. Woodway is located adjacent to the southwestern city limits of Waco between U.S. Highway 84 and State SH 6, 10.8 miles north of Lorena, 23 miles northeast of Moody, 33 miles northeast of Gatesville, 13 miles northeast of McGregor, and 38 miles southeast of Whitney, Texas.
Homestead Heritage, Brazos de Dios, Texas:
This homestead community of approximately 1,000 religious members lives on 510 acres on the Brazos River near Waco. They have embraced the simpler life of earlier times by choosing to live off the land and to complete some jobs without modern machinery. They till the fields with horses and plows. They use complete some other jobs such as cheese making by using a combination of modern machinery and older techniques. They have dismantled and moved a large number of 19th century buildings from New England to their land where they reassemble them. The 1760 water powered Homestead Gristmill produces fresh ground whole grains including three types of wheat, corn, oats, rye, spelt, rice, buckwheat and soybeans. They use these products to create a variety of cereals and baking and cookie mixes which they sell in their general store. They use cow’s mile to hand make over 20 hard and soft Brazos Valley Cheeses including jack, Havarti, cheddar, blue, brie and mozzarella. The smoked cheeses are smoked for at least two months over pecan shells in their restored 1860s smokehouse. The Homestead Heritage Cafe offers weekly menu specials include sandwiches, soups, salads, brisket and sausage plates, homemade ice cream and pies, and delicious grass fed beef hamburgers on buns made out of flour produced by their gristmill. It also sells homemade breads and pastries which they sell in their general store. Their blacksmith shop produces metal products which are used by the community and are sold in their store. The Ploughshare Institute for Sustainable Culture teaches agricultural skills, fiber crafts, kitchen skills, woodworking classes, traditional crafts, and woodworking skills. Their Heritage Restorations unit locates, restores and re-erects historic timber frame buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries including barns, houses, hand hewn log cabins and mills. They create and sell fine handcrafted furniture. This crafts village makes crafts using traditional techniques instead of using machinery, and offers lessons in beekeeping, canning, soap making, quilting, weaving, spinning, gardening and traditional farming techniques. The General Store sells outdoor items such as wagons and sun ovens, cast iron and other cooking items, garden and farming tools, arts and crafts, metal works, cheeses, hats, books, and a variety of products needed for making cheeses, breads, soaps and other household items. They host the annual September Sorghum Festival and the annual Homestead Craft and Children’s Fair in November. Open year round for activities and tours, Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm; closed Sundays. (254) 754-9600.608 Dry Creek Road. The Homestead is located 9 miles northwest of Waco, and 5 miles west of IH-35 and Elm Mott, Texas. Email  Elm Mott Area Map
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
Valley Mills Vineyards, Woodway, TX:
This vineyard is owned by John and Kandi Bagnasco. The tasting room is open Thu-Fri, 2pm-8pm; Sat, 12 noon-11pm; Sun, 12 noon-5pm. Live music is available on Saturdays, 8pm-11pm. (254) 848-4343. They are located just west of Waco at 8532 SH 6 North, Woodway.  Email 
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, 76705.  Email 
Cafe Homestead at Homestead Heritage, Elm Mott, TX:
(254) 754-9604. 608 Dry Creek Road, Elm Mott, 76705.   Reviews 
138 Prime: 
They serve great prime steaks and fresh fish. (254) 666-3100. 1201 Hewitt Drive, 76712.  Reviews
Marco's Pizza:
They serve very good pizza and other menu items. (254) 218-1111. 100 B Midway Center.  Reviews 
Cafe Homestead at Homestead Heritage, Elm Mott, TX:
(254) 754-9604. 608 Dry Creek Road, Elm Mott, 76705.   Reviews
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