The Chestnut Square Post

July 2015

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The Month in Review

June was a busy month for Chestnut Square! Our 20th Annual Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off was a great day for everyone. Scrumptious ice creams from contestants and Gypsy Scoops cooled us off, while the smokin' hot deals at the Historic McKinney Farmers Market warmed us up! We had old-fashioned games, a petting zoo, music, and a magic show to entertain us, and delicious hot dogs from Local Yocal to fill us up...at least until it was time for more ice cream! Crank-Off Winner: "Cookie Butter" by 11-year old Emma Thompson! The Best Kid Cranker Award went to 10-year-old Owen Thompson for his "Peppermint Pattie" entry!


We also kicked off Prairie Adventure Camp in June. Kids in pioneer clothing are scampering all over the grounds, living the life of an 1880's settler to Collin County! On any given day, you may see children churning butter, playing on stilts, or making a pie. Nowhere else can your child travel through time at a camp!


There is always something happening at Chestnut Square! It's so much fun, it's HISTORIC!

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Chestnut Square and Munzee Team Up for a Unique Tour Experience

Do you like scavenger hunts? Do you love history? Well, we've got the perfect combination for you! Munzee, the leader in global scavenger hunts, has partnered with Chestnut Square Historic Village to provide our visitors with a unique tour experience! While our regular tours are offered on Thursdays and Saturdays at 11a.m., Munzee gives us the ability to offer you an audio tour and "historical scavenger hunt" in one. Simply download the free Munzee app or a free QR scanner on your phone and you're on tour! Listen to the fascinating history of our historic buildings on your phone while you enjoy a leisurely stroll around our beautiful property. Best of all, the tour is free, too! (However, as a 501 (c)(3) organization, we rely on donations to keep our buildings from deteriorating, so there is a donation box conveniently located outside the Visitor's Center and we greatly appreciate any support you can give.) So, come out to Chestnut Square and enjoy a private tour sometime!

Volunteer Spotlight

Leslie James

I came to Chestnut Square three years ago and volunteered to do “light housecleaning”. The exercise is beneficial and I have the historical artifacts all to myself.

My volunteer experiences soon expanded to:

Tea Server- I see the pleasure on patrons faces as they partake in teas at the Bevel House. They admire the china patterns and reminisce about a more genteel time. For a moment, they get to live it.

Butter churner- When the kids received a soda cracker spread with hand-made butter, it brings me back to my childhood. It was pure contentment to nibble on soda crackers spread with butter.

Goat tender- I’ve always liked animals, but growing up in the city, I never had experience with goats. They are so clever and rambunctious. They like to stop under the persimmon tree and be hand-fed a leaf or two.

There are always small adventures and dedicated people to meet at Chestnut Square. At the same time I can revere history and give back to the community I proudly call home!

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Chester's Corner

Chester is deeply concerned about his beloved Faires House! The oldest home in McKinney, the Faires House was built in 1854 and is frequently used for living history events, tours, and school field trips. One of our most popular demonstrations, Dutch Oven cooking, is located at the Faires House because of its large and beautiful fireplace. Unfortunately, this fireplace is suffering the effects of the aging process and needs "a few nips and tucks!" Help us save the Faires House fireplace! To donate to our organization, please visit our website!

Thank you for your generosity!
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Membership

Renew now!

If your membership has yet to be renewed, don’t hesitate – you don’t want to miss out on special event discounts with our busiest season ahead! Renew by July 31 and receive a cookbook or a special event T-shirt from Dixie’s Store!

Prairie Adventure Camp

Prairie Adventure Camp starts in June! Spaces are limited!

About Us

Sitting on 2.5 beautiful acres just two blocks south of the historic downtown McKinney square, Chestnut Square provides an opportunity to step back in time and regain a sense of community. With ten structures dating from 1854 to 1930, the Village offers docent-led tours, facility rentals, a wedding venue, living history demonstrations, and community events like the #1 Farmers Market in Texas and the Killis Melton Ice Cream Crank-Off.