The Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes and Arts & Crafts Festival weekend is almost here and you won’t want to miss this one.

The Trail is the annual fundraiser for the Ellis County Museum and features tours of five classic homes plus a special arts and crafts festival in Getzendaner Park.

Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5, are the dates this year. The events will be open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days. In addition to the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes and the Arts & Crafts Festival at Getzandaner Park, many organizations and groups will offer a variety of events and activities that weekend and many downtown merchants and restaurants offer specials for Trail participants.

The five homes to be viewed include the Smith home at 200 Oldham, the Ford home at 314 E. Marvin Ave., the Seibert home at 617 E. Marvin Ave., the Lipscomb home at 814 W. Main St. and the Norcross home at 600 Sycamore St. The homeowners are busy with last-minute preparations for all of the visitors.

The Arts & Crafts Festival will be held both days at Getzandaner Park. This is a high-quality show and the past year has been spent recruiting even more and better vendors. They will feature many crafts people from around the state. There will be food booths and musicians playing music from Texas’ history will perform both days. The music will be an open session and other acoustic musicians are welcome to sit in.

The cost of the Trail is $15, which includes entry to the five homes and bus transportation if desired. The Arts & Crafts Festival and all other activities are free.

Waxahachie will have something for everyone this weekend and the events include:

Saturday only

• Downtown Farmers Market

• All downtown businesses open

Saturday and Sunday

• Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes

• Gingerbread Trail Arts & Crafts Fair at Getzendaner Park

• Covering Waxahachie in Color Quilt Show

• Plein Aire painting and art show

• Historic Waxahachie Inc. courthouse tours

• Music in Getzendaner Park

• Getzendaner Park food booths

• Getzendaner Park children’s activities

• Vince King – Elvis Lives at the Texas Theater

• Texas Musicians Museum at Rogers Hotel

• Rotary Club American flags placed around the city

Sunday only

• Midlothian Classic Wheels benefit car show

• Many specialty shops, the Texas Theater and 1879 Chisholm Grill and College Street Pub restaurants will be open.

The Ellis County Museum Inc. is a private, nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the history of Ellis County. It serves as a repository for materials contributing to the historical interpretation of the county. The museum is housed in an 1889 structure located in downtown Waxahachie across the street from the Ellis County Courthouse. The Gingerbread Trail and Arts & Crafts Festival is the museum’s annual fundraiser.

“Your support is important to future operation and growth of this local asset,” a spokesman said.

Watch “Good Morning Texas” on WFAA on May 31 to see a special presentation on the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes and Arts & Crafts Festival. Visit the website at for additional promotional details.

For more information about the weekend, visit the Ellis County Museum website at or call 972-937-0681.