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Texas Lakes Trail Region

Participant in the Texas Historical Commission's
Texas Heritage Trails Program

McKinney


Downtown’s historic district sports 100 shops, a dozen restaurants and a luxury hotel that housed the 1880s mercantile and opera house of brothers Stephen and John Heard. Stephen Heard’s restored Victorian mansion is now the Heard-Craig Center for the Arts, hosting house tours, art exhibits and educational programs. John Heard’s daughter, Bessie, turned her love of wildlife into the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, offering hiking trails, native plant garden and live animal exhibits. Life from 1850 to 1930 comes alive at Chestnut Square Historical Park, a village of 10 historic buildings hosting living history events. The 1875 Collin County Courthouse served as a seat of government during its first 100 years. A recent restoration turned it into a seat of the arts, the McKinney Performing Arts Center. The former courtroom retains its judge's bench, jury box, witness stand and historic seating. Removable equipment allows it to stage musical and theatrical performances complete with a 1920s Mighty Wurlitzer pipe organ. The center also features a working artist studio and art gallery. Learn more county history at the Collin County History Museum, housed in a 1911 post office.


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