After walking through two of the homes on tour, we drove over to the town square. The Ellis County Courthouse is located here.
The Ellis County Museum was also open. I'll be honest: we stopped in to escape from the heat, but ended up enjoying looking at everything on display.
We had lunch at The Dove's Nest, which I'd heard about, but not visited. It's a shop with a restaurant that's open for lunch. The food was excellent, and the shop was full of all sorts of good things.
This is David Trip, a talented artist who was involved with the plein art painting that was going on around town. Setting up across from a home on tour, he was quickly painting the view. The heat didn't even seem to bother him! David's website is www.recollections54.com if you'd like to see more of his excellent work.
Each of the houses on the Gingerbread Trails tour had a little gingerbread man in their front yard.
This house had such a rich family history. Family members from many generations were present, and they all introduced themselves and had stories to tell.