Our school tours bring Collin County History to life for your students! Our tours helps students identify with important social studies and history concepts
- The impact that ordinary people have had on shaping a community (Collin McKinney, John Faires, Joseph Dulaney, the Taylors and the Wilmeths, John Johnson, the founders of the Heritage Guild and more),
- The chronology of events that occurred from McKinney’s founding in 1848 to our present day (our unique history of McKinney timeline presents events in an easy to understand format),
- The concept of a generation
- How daily life differed across the time period from 1850-1930 and from today including how people dressed, how they came to McKinney and where they stayed, how they worked during each day, what recycling was, the importance of crafts to daily life and more!
- The impact of historical events on the people of McKinney, including the Civil War, the cotton industry, the industrial revolution and more.
- Old-time crafts such as blacksmithing, Dutch oven cooking, weaving and more.
Our docents and our Living History Group provide stories, demonstrations and activities that will help bring history to life for your students. Tours last from one hour to two hours and support the Texas TEKSs.
Check out our field trip curriculum:
Price per student is $5. Adults are $7 and teachers are FREE. Our grounds are available for picnic lunches and we are conveniently located within walking distance of historic Finch Park, the historic downtown McKinney Square, and City Hall.
Can't get to Chestnut Square? We'll come to you with our new Outreach Programs:
The Butterfield Stagecoach for Fourth Graders
( to get parchment paper for letters, click here)
The Civil War for Fifth Graders
Space is limited. Call or e-mail today to make your reservations.