Sam and Laura Beth Anderson aren’t just one of five homeowners in the 51st Annual Gingerbread Trail Historic Home Tour in Waxahachie. They’re also historic renovation pros and preservation junkies who saved their home from becoming toothpicks and restored it to its original splendor.

Though the circa 1920 Bungalow has lived many lives in nearly a century, its most recent life was housing the offices of St. Joseph Catholic Church. But after the parish built a new sanctuary and no longer needed the house, church leaders just wanted it out of the way.

“They gave us the house in exchange for moving it off of their property,” Laura Beth said. “There was a vacant lot on the street behind the church where an old Victorian home had burned. We were able to purchase that lot [at 610 Kaufman Street] and move the house there.”

History Repeats Itself

The roles that Laura Beth and Sam play in the restoration processes are embedded in each one’s DNA. While Laura Beth is the creative half of the team, Sam is the analytical number cruncher.

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