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Chestnut Square Historic Village brings Collin County history to life! Living History programs provide glimpses into the way people lived in Collin County from 1850-1930.  Chestnut Square’s Living History Group brings history to life through period appropriate costumes, demonstrations and reenactments.

 

 

April is Pioneer Days at Chestnut Square! 

Just for pre-schoolers and Kindergartners!   Explore chores, games and crafts that kept the pioneers headed west busy.  Take pictures on a real tractor, wash clothes on a washboard, feed baby chickens and goats, play pioneer games, listen to a story in the schoolhouse and see demonstrations of spinning, blacksmithing, butter making and Dutch oven cooking. 

9:30 - 11:00 Tuesday-Friday, April 2-26

Pioneers take home face-painting, coloring book, pretzels and honey straw.

$7/studen, chaperones and teachers FREE!

Call for reservations:  972-562-8790 or email terri@chestnutsquare.org

April 20-21 are Civil War Days at Chestnut Square! 

***FREE ADMISSION***

Camps will be set up at 10:00 on Saturday.  Visit both Union and Confederate soldiers in their camp, shop at a Civil War Suttlery, taste some Dutch oven cooking and watch the soldiers skirmish.  Who will win?  Fire a Civil War musket for $1! 

Saturday, April 20

10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Learn about Civil War Camp Life.  Visit Union and Confederate campsites. 

                                             Blacksmithing demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop

                                             Dutch oven cooking demonstrations in the Faires House.

10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Civil War Surgery Demonstrations in the Dulaney Cottage (every half hour).

11:00 a.m.                          Chestnut Square docent led tour ($7 adults, $5 students and seniors)

1:00 p.m.                            Civil War Skirmish in the courtyard.

1:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Fire a Musket ($1)

3:00 p.m.                            Civil War Skirmish in the courtyard.

3:20 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.       Fire a Musket ($1)

7:30 p.m.                             Civil War ghost stories by the Taylor Inn (donations appreciated).

Sunday, April 21

12:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.    Learn about Civil War Camp Life.  Visit Union and Confederate campsites. 

                                             Blacksmithing demonstrations at the Blacksmith Shop

                                             Dutch oven cooking demonstrations in the Faires House.

12:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.     Civil War Surgery Demonstrations in the Dulaney Cottage (every half hour).

1:00 p.m.                            Civil War Skirmish in the courtyard.

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.       Fire a Musket ($1)

2:00 p.m.                            Civil War Skirmish in the courtyard.

2:20 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.       Fire a Musket ($1)

3:00 p.m.                            Civil War Skirmish in the courtyard.

October is Legendary at Chestnut Square!

The 2013 Legends of McKinney Ghost Walks will be held on Saturday October 19 and 26 from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.  Experience history in a whole new light.  Hear the stories, see the sights...ghostly spirits not guaranteed!   Tickets are $12 in advance, $15 the night of the Ghost Walk.  Children under 12 are $5.

Our Pre-K Pumpkin Patch is back October 1-30.  Visit with Collin and McKinney the goats and Chester the Cat.  Churn butter get your face painted and more!  Please call 972-562-8790for reservations. 

December 7th and 8th is our 40th Holiday Tour of Homes

Visit historic and history making homes decorated for the holidays throughout McKinney's Historic District during our38th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes.  Shop for old-fashioned, hand-made gifts at our Holiday Bazaar!  To celebrate our 40th Anniversary, reserve a spot for tea in the Dulaney House!

 

 



Take a look at some of the images from prior Living History Days. 

April, 2008 was the Civil War Skirmish.    Everyone enjoy visiting the Civil War encampments, shooting muskets, learning about the different battle flags and watching the really noisy skirmish!

May 18, 2008 Living History Day featured the Trinity River Desperados (www.trinityriverdesperados.com).  Popular for their gunfight shows at the Dallas Heritage Village, the gunfighters staged two gunfights and several stagecoach robberies.   

 

October, 2008 Living History Day began with the Farmers’ Market on Saturday, October 11 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and continued on Sunday from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M. We ushered in Fall with a Pumpkin Festival including music and a pumpkin decorating contest!   Pumpkin Decorating Contest winners are shown below.   

 

 
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