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Located about 30 minutes north of Dallas, McKinney is growing in popularity for its modern planned communities alongside the charm of its historic courthouse square now bustling with restaurants, wineries and specialty shops.
While keeping an eye on the future, McKinney has held on to the past by preserving the historic character and feel of its downtown which offers multiple festivals throughout the year as well as a large historic home district which boasts seventeen styles of architecture. Walking maps are available through the Convention and Tourism Bureau that will take you past many of the homes from grand Victorians to picturesque bungalows. Home tours are offered during the holidays and the County often gives special interest tours for sites such as the Collin County Courthouse. Chestnut Square offers a collection of restored homes dating from the 1850’s open to the public throughout the year. The restored Victorian Home of one of the area’s founding families, the Heard-Craig house, is also open year round for touring. Friendly staff and volunteers are available at the Collin County Museum to help answer questions, display their collection of historic housewares and share stories of the area that would otherwise be lost.