The 41st annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes sponsored by Ellis County Museum Inc. is set for June 6-7 in Waxahachie.

Five buildings

on tour

The event will feature tours of four historic homes – the Davison home at 208 Oldham Ave., the Donnelly home at 500 Sycamore St., the Farrar home at 902 W. Main St. and the Shilling home at 114 E. University Ave. – and the Nay Company building, which is the old T&BV depot at 423 S. College St.

“Return to yesterday and enjoy the Gingerbread Trail Home Tour and Arts & Crafts Fair in Waxahachie,” a spokesman said. “It’s a living history lesson that promises to open a doorway to your heart.”

In addition to the tours, the weekend will include an arts and crafts fair, plein air painting, Paint Historic Waxahachie and the annual pancake breakfast fly-in at Mid-Way Regional Airport.

Houses will be open for tours from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Waxahachie is renowned for the architectural styles on display in the community, including Victorian, gingerbread, Gothic revival and Queen Anne.

“Tour our special selection of five private homes,” the spokesman said. “Get the inside scoop on restoration triumphs and local ghost lore. Visit historically recognized buildings such as the newly restored Ellis County Courthouse, the Ellis County Museum, Sims Library, Ellis County Art Museum and view vintage automobiles parked around the downtown square.”

Arts & crafts fair

Getzendaner Park will be the site for the annual arts and crafts fair. Under cool, towering oaks, colorful crafts and artwork from across the state can be enjoyed as artists present creative gift ideas. Fun children's activities and plenty of refreshments also will be offered.

Beginning May 29, the Ellis County Art Association presents its annual paint out competition, which culminates Gingerbread Trail weekend.

Throughout the paint out, landscape artists set up their easels and paint on location throughout the historic downtown and along Waxahachie’s Gingerbread Trail. Special artist activities include a 90-minute quick draw, live auction and wet paint sale of more than 100 paintings completed during the 10-day event.

For more information, call 972-937-3414, e-mail ecaa@sbcglobal.net or visit www.elliscountyart.net.

Courthouse tours

The Ellis County Courthouse will be open for public tours during the Gingerbread Trail and visitors can take the opportunity to be guided inside and out of the historic building, ranked in the top 20 architecturally significant structures in Texas.

Tours will be offered Saturday and Sunday by Historic Waxahachie Inc. and the Ellis County Historical Commission.

Entertainment at Texas Theater

The newly reopened Texas Theater will offer live entertainment Gingerbread Trail weekend. For more information, visit online at www.texasmusictheater.com.

Quilt show

Quilts will be displayed around the courthouse square and in many downtown businesses. The quilt show is sponsored by Common Threads Quilting in conjunction with the Waxahachie Chamber of Commerce and the Waxahachie Downtown Merchants Association.

Mid-Way fly-in,

pancake breakfast

The annual pancake breakfast fly-in will be held from 8-11 a.m. Saturday at Mid-Way Regional Airport, located on U.S. Highway 287 between Waxahachie and Midlothian. The event will include classic airplanes and fighters, plane rides and discovery flights, remote control model flyers, the Classic Swing Band, Midlothian Classic Wheels and other attractions.

Breakfast tickets are available at the airport the day of the event. Tickets are $6 each and a child younger than age 8 can eat for free with a paid adult ticket. Parking is free; there is no charge for admission. For more information, call 972-923-0080.

Visitors to the festival also are encouraged to treasure hunt amongst Waxahachie’s antique and specialty shopping district to discover primitives, Early American furniture, dolls, pottery, hand made dresses, award-winning tea rooms, bakeries and restaurants, all within a casual stroll.

Proceeds benefit museum

All proceeds from the Gingerbread Trail benefit the Ellis County Museum. Tickets are available at information booths, the museum, selected businesses and tour homes. 

On the day of the trail, adult tickets are $15, with children’s tickets (ages 5-12) $7.

Visit the Web site at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txecm/ginger.htm or call 972-937-0681 or e-mail ecmuseum@sbcglobal.net.