53rd Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes

June 3 & 4

53rd Annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes

10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Downtown Waxahachie

Trail attendees toured several beautiful private homes featured in this year’s tour and experienced the rich, century-old history of each house. This year, we  also kicked off the tour with “our home,” the Ellis County Museum where Trail tour-goers experienced a special guided tour of the newly renovated third floor event center, 1889 on The Square, plus a specially curated exhibit featuring 53 years of Gingerbread Tour history. Additionally, attendees received access to the exquisite and ornate Sims Library Lyceum and the historic Ellis County Courthouse, while taking in the charming shops and unique eateries located throughout Downtown Waxahachie.

Gingerbread Trail Premiere Party

Be one of the first to see the newly renovated third floor of The Ellis County Museum, featuring the grand Assembly Hall and the Lecture Hall surrounded by what is arguably the most stunning views overlooking downtown Waxahachie, along with an express tour of our 2023 selection of private, historic homes.

This is a seperate, limited ticket event.

53 Years of Gingerbread Trail History Exhibit

Take a journey through the history of one of Ellis County’s most beloved traditions in this brand new exhibit featuring the Gingerbread Trail. Experience the magic of Gingerbread architecture and how Waxahachie came to be known as “The Gingerbread City.” See decades of history and learn how the Gingerbread Trail came to feature some of the most beautiful homes in Ellis County!


Nicholas P. Sims Library Tour

Explore one of the most beautiful buildings in Waxahachie! A pioneer in privately-endowed Texas libraries, get an inside look at the stunning gilded-plaster Lyceum inside the Nicholas P. Sims Library.

Bonus Stops: Texas Theater & Ellis County Master Gardeners Butterfly Pollinator Garden

There’s something for everyone on the 2023 Gingerbread Trail! See the historic Texas Theater brought back to life in the heart of Downtown Waxahachie, where music and history meet! 

Love the outdoors? Visit the Ellis County Master Gardeners Butterfly Pollinator Garden where you’ll experience the beauty of area native plants with blooms that draw butterflies and other pollinators to the garden!


Antiques & Boutiques Market

Saturday, June 3rd

9:00am – 5:00 PM

Singleton Plaza

Shop till you drop and discover the best antiques and boutique vendors Waxahachie has to offer.

Free Historic Courthouse Tours

If you haven’t experienced the Historic Waxahachie Courthouse up and personal, you’re missing out! This is a must-do guided tour, and is free to the public thanks to Historic Waxahachie, Inc.

Experience 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

Get Involved

The museum would not be operational without our amazing community members, board of directors, and volunteers. We truly appreciate all they to do help us preserve and share the rich, historic history of Ellis County! 

If you are interested in supporting our museum by volunteering or becoming a member, let us know!



201 S. College St., Waxahachie, Texas  75165
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