53rd Annual Gingerbread Trail
Tour of Homes

June 3 & 4, 2023

Benefiting the Ellis County Museum

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Gingerbread Trail

Tour of Homes


June 3 & 4, 2023
10 AM – 4 PM

Tour our special selection of private, historic homes PLUS the grand reveal of the historic third floor of the Ellis County Museum and new event center, 1889 on the Square!

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Homes on the 2023 Gingerbread Trail

Featuring "our home," the Ellis County Museum & reveal of the new 1889 on the Square event center!

201 S. College St.

The Ellis County Museum


1889 on the Square

Central Presbyterian Church Waxahachie

402 North College St.

Central Presbyterian Church*

Due to church services, Sunday tour hours will be from 1-4 pm. Saturday hours are not affected.

329 Virginia Ave. Gingerbread Trail

329 Virginia Ave.

The De Leon-Whitfield Home

401 E. Marvin Ave

The Chapman Home

510 W. Sycamore St. Gingerbread Trail

510 W. Sycamore St.

The Doughtery Home

In addition to gaining access the private, historic homes on our Gingerbread Trail, your ticket will also get you access to:

  • Exclusive first look at the newly renovated third floor event center, 1889 on the Square
  • Access to the new museum exhibit on the history of the Gingerbread Trail
  • Bonus Tour Location: Nicholas P. Sims Library Lyceum
  • Bonus Tour Location: The Texas Theater
  • Bonus Tour Location: Ellis County Master Gardener Butterfly Pollinator Garden
  • FREE Historic Courthouse Tours
  • Antiques & Boutiques Market
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Tour FAQs

Where does the tour start?

You can begin the tour at any of the homes on the list above.

What order do I tour the homes?

You can visit the homes on the Gingerbread Trail in any order that you wish.

Is transportation available for the tour?

No, this tour is a self-guided experience.

Can I purchase additional tickets on the day of the event in person?

Yes, tickets can be purchased the day-of at any location on the tour.

Are there children's tickets available?

Yes, specially-priced children's tickets are available for $10.

Ellis County Museum Front

Premiere Party

Thursday, June 1

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Express Tours

7:30 pm Program


Limited tickets available

Be one of the first to see the renovated historic third floor of the Ellis County Museum, and the unveiling of downtown's newest event center, 1889 on the Square!

Kick off the evening with express tours of the 2023 Gingerbread Trail houses, enjoy the newest exhibit on the history of the Gingerbread Trail while enjoying spectacular skyline views of historic downtown Waxahachie, and experience the grand reveal of 1889 on the Square and the awards presentation to this year's homeowners!

Drinks & light bites included in the evening.

Gingerbread Trail T-Shirt

Remember the 2023 Gingerbread Trail every day of the year with your very own collectable Gingerbread Trail T-shirt! Featuring the Trail logo and the incredible sponsors that make this year's tour possible, you don't want to miss this limited-edition opportunity to own a piece of history!

Purchase this year's tour T-shirt in the Ellis County Museum Gift Shop!


2023 Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes T-Shirt Gray with logo and white text

Win a Heritage Quilt

Purchase raffle tickets for your chance to win a stunning quilt donated by Denise Lipscomb! All raffle ticket sales benefit the Ellis County Museum.

1 Ticket- $5

5 Tickets- $20

Fun for the Whole Family

Explore beautiful historic Downtown Waxahachie

Under the watchful eye of the historic Ellis County Courthouse, enjoy colorful shops and culinary treats in Waxahachie’s revitalized downtown.

Nicholas P. Sims Library Tours

Tour the incredible second floor Lyceum in the historic Nicholas P. Sims Library. Featuring intricately detailed plasterwork and stunning decorative arts, this is a stop you won't want to miss! 

FREE Court House Tours

Get a guided tour through this exquisite Romanesque Revival Courthouse, ranked in the top twenty architecturally significant structures in Texas.

-Saturday, June 3rd 10 AM - 2 PM

-Sunday, June 4th 12 PM - 2 PM

Treasure Hunt Waxahachie's Exceptional Antiques & Boutiques Market

Singleton Plaza (across from the College Street Pub)

One-of-a-kind treasures, vintage finds, and so much more are sure the delight in our Antiques & Boutiques market on Saturday!

-Saturday June 3rd, 9 AM - 5 PM

Singleton Plaza

(across from the College Street Pub)

Explore the Ellis County Master Gardeners Butterfly Pollinator Garden

Waxahachie Creek Hike & Bike Trail

(near the Waxahachie Farmers Market & Dog Park)

Experience the beauty of pollinators and learn about local Ellis County plants that butterflies and other pollinators love at this beautiful bonus stop on this year's trail!

A recorded Texas Historic Landmark by the Texas State Historical Commission, the farmhouse is fully appointed with early to middle 20th century furnishings to reflect the home life of early Ellis County farm families.

Take an adventure to the past at the Ellis County Rural Heritage Farm

130 Cunningham Meadows Road
Waxahachie, TX 75167

The McKinney-Aday Farmhouse will be open for FREE guided tours during the Gingerbread Trail. Visitors are encouraged to visit this impressive and beautifully restored representation of early 20th century farm life, located just outside of Waxahachie as a location of interest.

Learn more at www.ruralheritagefarm.org

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Gingerbread Title Sponsors

Gingerbread Victorian Sponsors

Ellis County Title
Superior Construction Services
Waxahachie Sun Gingerbread Trail Sponsor
Harmony Bank
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Carlisle

Gingerbread Craftsman Sponsors

Beth Young | Deb Rupp | Kate & Matt Authier

David & Paula Hudgins | Jim & Melissa Chapman

Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- CNB
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Mow Pros
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Baker Firm
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Caliber
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Vistamark
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Interbank
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- RRSA (Seymore's)
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Southern Revival
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- Patrick Souter
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- The Velvet Angel
Gingerbread Trail Sponsor- HEB

Gingerbread Cottage Sponsors

KBEC | Guild Mortgage | Pearman Oil & Gas | First Financial | Melissa McClain-Lewis

Fresh Market Coffee | Gateway Mortgage | Interspec Home Inspections

Community National Bank & Trust of Texas | Jerry & Shirley Chapman

Raquel & Mark Gundert | The Blackburns | Mosquito Shield of Waxahachie

Gingerbread Bungalow Sponsors

Underwood Homeplace | Kevin & Darlene Chester | Linebarger Law Firm

Jennifer Wartsbaugh, Edward Jones | John & Arlene Hamilton

The Cowpasture Insurance Agency | Jyro Signs | Pizazz Balloon Decor


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