Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by territorial centaurs. Steer clear of forest beasts with today’s Groupon for a tour of Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get a public walking tour for two (up to a $14 value). Tours depart from the Visitor’s Center on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11 a.m. This Groupon’s value reflects the cost of the suggested donation.
- For $10, you get a trolley tour for two (up to a $20 value). Tours depart from Chestnut Square Historic Village on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month at 11 a.m.
- For $20, you get a Ghostly Hauntings of Chestnut Square tour for two (a $40 value). Tours depart from the Wilmeth Schoolhouse in Chestnut Square on the third Saturday of every month at 8 p.m. Tour-takers must be 12 years or older, and 12- to 17-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult.
Brimming with history and restored to show how Collin County’s residents lived during the late 19th century, Chestnut Square Historic Village ushers guests into its quaint confines with a series of public tours. One-hour walking tours led by knowledgeable docents weave in and out of the village’s historic buildings as guests learn how people survived in the days before electricity and running water. A 90-minute, air-conditioned trolley ride through McKinney's historic district and Chestnut Square traverses roads once frequented by wheelbarrows and horse-drawn Hondas as guides share anecdotes about local manors and their former owners.
Not for the faint of heart or the under-12 crowd, the two-hour Ghostly Hauntings of Chestnut Square Tour makes Hitchcock look like a purveyor of rom-coms with its lantern-lit explorations of haunted houses. Eerie audio and video clips recorded by professional ghost hunters prepare guests for their nightly patrol, which can be aided by EVP equipment for an extra $10 or a bowl of alphabet soup for ghosts to spell out their messages in. Reservations are required for all tours. Refer to the calendar for a current listing of tours and departure locations.
Chestnut Square Historic Village
McKinney, Texas’s Chestnut Square Historic Village recreates life from 1850-1930 on a campus that features six historic houses, a one-room schoolhouse, a chapel, and a general store. The surrounding buildings also include a blacksmith shop, a smoke house, all filled with period artifacts from the 19th century.
For a more in-depth look at the square, follow a guide on a daytime tour, which delves into the buildings’ pasts. On the Village’s haunted tours, you can try to catch a glimpse of an apparition with a lantern light. Patrons can get an additional taste of the past at the Historic McKinney weekly farmers market, which showcases fresh vegetables and is visited by Chester the Cat, the square’s resident feline who normally hangs out at Dixie’s Store.
315 S Chestnut St.
McKinney, Texas 75069Get Directions