Chestnut Square is the centerpiece on the well-set table of McKinney, Texas, dedicated to preserving the historical background and cultural heritage of the city, McKinney was named by Money Magazine as the second best place to live. Several tours are available of the plentiful and beautiful buildings and grounds at Chestnut Square which cater to those who like the spooky, to history buffs and to those who just like catering and good eating.
The Bevel House is open for weddings, receptions and even the Tea and Tour event, held by reservation for groups. The Tea and Tour includes a tasty lunch with a fresh salad, sandwiches with thick, fluffy bread, scones, desserts and of course, both hot and cold teas in enticing flavors like strawberry pomegranate. After filling up, participants will attend either a walking tour or a narrated trolley tour of the historic area of downtown McKinney, sprinkled with properties dated back to the late 1800’s in Tudor, Queen Anne and Victorian styles.
Other tours include a ghost tour the third Saturday of the month. Starting at 8 p.m., the tour begins at the Wilmeth Schoolhouse and lasts about two hours of spine-chilling tales of the past. Participants must be at least 12 years old and if under 17, they must be accompanied by an adult. The Ghost Tour costs $20, however, groups can also reserve a dinner and ghost tour by contacting Chestnut Square.
Trolley tours are offered the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 11 a.m. by reservation. for $10. Public tours of Chestnut Square by foot are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Tours last about an hour. Recommended donations are $7 for adults and $5 for students. Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, Chestnut Square also hosts the Farmers Market, bringing freshness and bold colors to the palate.