The Chestnut Square Post

October 2015

The Month in Review

We've been getting ready for a busy fall season at Chestnut Square. Various repairs have been underway, courtesy of the Hands 'n Hammers group from First United Methodist Church of McKinney and volunteers from Ernst and Young. We're almost ready to start decorating the village for our Pre-K and Kinder Pumpkin Patch. Do you have any free time this month? We need help giving our smallest visitors a great, fall-themed experience! Contact Alice Yeager (alice@chestnutsquare.org) for details.


Are you up for some spooky fun? We have The Legends of McKinney Ghost Walk coming up. Tickets to this very popular activity are available here. We've also partnered with TexPart Paranomal, LLC, again this year for the McKinney Zombie Walk on Saturday, October 10. Donate blood at the Carter BloodCare coach, grab a snack at the Farmers Market, and then start your walking dead trek down the street to historic downtown McKinney! You can purchase tickets to the zombie walk here.


Our Ghostly Haunting nights for October sold out, so we've added two additional nights! Get your tickets now before they're gone! Click here!


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

2015 Spirit of McKinney Volunteer Award Nominations

Chestnut Square Historic Village was honored to nominate the following individuals and organizations for the Spirit of McKinney Volunteer Awards 2015, sponsored by Volunteer McKinney:

Kim Hoffman Volunteer of the Year: Pat Rodgers
Pete & Nancy Huff Community Service: James West
The Heart: Jim and LaDonna Doyle
Volunteer Group: Pate Rehabilitation
Youth Volunteer: Patricia Wingate
“Spirit of McKinney” Business: Rick's Chophouse
Inspired to Serve: National Charity League

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Chester's Corner

Chester is very excited about the Pre-K and Kinder Pumpkin Patch! He enjoys visiting with all the little ones and seeing them explore Chestnut Square. He'd love to have your help in welcoming them to our village. Each "shift" is from 9:00 -11:30 a.m. and no historical attire is required - just a love of small children and fall-themed fun! Please contact us today about volunteering at The Patch!


Don't have time to volunteer, but would still love to help? You can donate to our organization by visiting our website!


Thank you for your generosity!

New Exhibit Coming in November

Chestnut Square Historic Village is pleased to offer a new exhibit this November! "The Way Things Were: Texas Settlers and Their Buildings, 1860s–1930s" focuses on the family and community life of Texas settlers as reflected in historic buildings. The exhibition looks at early Texas buildings for information about settlers’ visions of community and progress, as well as their accommodation to the physical demands and economic realities of everyday life. This exhibit, on loan from Humanities Texas, will be supplemented by items from the Chestnut Square collection which have not been seen by the public in many years, and will be open on public tour days and by reservation November 10 - December 8, 2015. Members will be able to preview the collection at a free reception on Tuesday, November 10th. If you're not currently a member of the Heritage Guild of Collin County, now is a great time to join! Click here for more information.

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.