Tickets are now on sale for the 52nd annual Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes. The Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes takes place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.

The tour will feature five private homes built in several architectural styles that include Queen Anne Victorian, Gothic Revival, Bungalow, and Greek Revival. The homes were built between 1890 and 1940 and include the Blackburn Home at 405 W. Marvin Ave., the Poarch Home at 103 E. University Ave., the Moore/Hunter Home at 1112 W. Jefferson St., the Gundert Home at 124 Kaufman St., and the Marshall Home at 608 W. Marvin Ave.

Homeowner Jimmy Poarch said he is proud to be a part of the long-standing Waxahachie tradition.

“I have been a part of the tour for many years as a volunteer in people’s homes,” he said. “It is not only a huge economic boom to the community, but it is a way to tell our story and share the history of our unique and special community. We spent about a year and a half restoring our home. To bring it back to life has been joyous to us. We are still trying to do some final touches before the tour, but it is coming along really well. We are super excited about the trail this year.”

People taking part in the Gingerbread Trail Tour of Homes will have access to several other attractions in addition to the five homes. The first is Nicholas P. Sims Library, which was built after Sims, a local resident, donated his estate for that purpose. The library was built during 1903-1904 and opened to the public April 26, 1905.

The historic Ellis County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Waxahachie will be available for tours from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 4, only. The courthouse was constructed between 1895 and 1897 and restored between 1998 and 2002.

Tickets also include a self-tour biking route, access to the antique and boutique markets, and the Midlothian Classic Wheels benefit car show. The car show will be at Getzendaner Park, 400 S. Grand Ave., and will run from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 4.

Tickets for adults are $25 and $7 for children. They can be purchased online at www.gingerbreadtrail.org.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Ellis County Museum, which is undergoing a renovation and expansion project. The museum is at 201 S. College St. in downtown Waxahachie. More information about the museum can be found online at www.elliscountymuseum.org. Staff at the museum can be reached at 972-937-0681.

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