WAXAHACHIE

The 50th anniversary of the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes features five historical homes and quite a few added bonuses this weekend.

For the second consecutive year, a few of the homes on tour have recently completed — or are completing — renovations. According to a Gingerbread Trail Tour press release, the opportunity for trail-goers to walk through updated homes offers “suggestions for your own do-it-yourself projects. You will be among the first to see all of the decorating and construction details the owners have incorporated.”

The homes, which cover five decades of Waxahachie history from the 1890s to the 1930s, include the 1895 home of Greg and Shan Nehib at 1025 W. Main, the 1900 home of Larry and Glinda Felty at 200 S. Hawkins, the 1913 home of Patrick and Lori Souter at 700 W. Main, the 1926 home of Joel and Courtney Warren at 306 Harbin, and the 1935 home of Wayne and Marilyn Norcross at 600 Sycamore.

The Nehib home moved the length of Main Street before it was redone, while the Warren home has undergone a complete renovation recently.

But, this year’s tour does not stop at a historical doorstep.

The 50th anniversary of the tour of homes offers several “bonus” visits.

The first of those is an opportunity to inspect one of the newly completed Acker Properties townhouses at 331 Franklin. Also, Citizens National Bank of Texas is celebrating its 150th year in business by opening its lobby, which contains a mural and historical vault. The Ellis County Courthouse will be open courtesy of Ellis County and Historic Waxahachie Inc, as well.

The Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes is the annual fundraiser for the Ellis County Museum, an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides information about Ellis County’s history to individuals, businesses, and schools.

Many classes tour the museum to give the students an idea of where we came from and give them a basis for the future, while businesses have pictures of the early days provided by the museum and many owners of older homes know the history of their homes from information supplied by the museum.

“Your support is appreciated,” the press release states. “You don't have to live in the past to enjoy the classic homes and Courthouse in our city. They offer so many suggestions and opportunities for you to use in your own homes. Don't miss the 50th Gingerbread Trail Home Tour. You can even follow the trail on your bike following the route on the web page.”

Ticket prices are $25 for adults and $7 for children. For more information contact the Ellis County Museum at 972-937-0681 or visit the websites at www.gingerbreadtrail.org and www.elliscountymuseum.org.