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Kick off the holiday season with The Annual Holiday Tour of Homes in McKinney Dec. 4-5
By Cindy Johnson, Executive Director, The Heritage Guild of Collin County
Dec 4, 2010

McKinney, TX -- It will begin to look a lot like Christmas in McKinney on December 4 and 5 for the 37th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes!  The tour will include five residences in McKinney's Historic District and Adriatica, the United Methodist Church,  and the Johnson House, Dulaney House and Faires House at Chestnut Square Historic Village. 


"The Holiday Tour of Homes is our key fundraiser for The Heritage Guild of Collin County and it's also a way we can continue to meet our mission of preserving and perpetuating the heritage of Collin County," Cindy Johnson, Executive Director of the Heritage Guild stated.  "When people see the beauty of these homes and learn about their history they appreciate McKinney's rich heritage even more.  Last year's tour drew over 2,000 visitors and raised $25,000 to help maintain Chestnut Square Historic Village."


The tour runs 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 4 and 12:00 - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 5.  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.  Special group rates are available for groups of 12 or more.  Tickets will be available for sale November 20 at the following locations on the Historic McKinney Downtown Square:  McKinney Performing Arts Center, Smitten, The Little Red Hen, The Antique House, and Stained Glass of McKinney.  Tickets will also be available at Market Street on Eldorado Parkway in McKinney. 


Tickets may be purchased online at www.chestnutsquare.org or by calling 972-562-8790.  On the day of the tour, tickets may be purchased at any of the sites on the tour or at the Dulaney House at Chestnut Square Historic Village.


Make it a weekend in historic downtown McKinney!  Look for special Holiday Home Tour packages through the McKinney Performing Arts Center.  Packages include combinations of lodging, restaurant reservations, performances at the MPAC and the Holiday Tour of Homes tickets.  It's easy to shop, eat and stay in downtown McKinney...the historic McKinney trolley will run between Chestnut Square Historic Village and the Downtown McKinney Square during the Holiday Tour of Homes.  Ride it for free during the Holiday Tour of Homes!


Historic and History Making Homes Featured on This Year's Holiday Tour of Homes

The  37th Annual Holiday Tour of Homes showcases both historic homes and history making homes in McKinney.


The Joplin home is a New Orleans French design by John Astin Perkins.  It was built in 1937 as a clinic for Dr. Shumay. 


The Evans home was built in 1946 and features circa 1800's wood scroll work and late 1800's pocket doors and stained glass.  

McKinney's strong heritage will continue with history making public spaces such as Adriatica, a replica of a Croatian village in Stonebridge Village on the West side of McKinney. 



Built by George Fuller, architect Ralph Bush in 2008, the Corich home is built around a courtyard with a pool and within walking distance of restaurants and shops in Adriatica.

The Chapel Hill home features patio views from each room and an Al Fresco patio room with a fireplace. Built by Cambridge Homes in the private enclave of Chapel Hill it is within walking distance of downtown McKinney.



The First United Methodist Church in McKinney, built in 1876, is a great example of Victorian Gothic architecture with beautiful original stained glass windows. 



The Day home on the historic downtown McKinney Square is urban living at its best!  The building that houses their "apartment" was originally built in 1880 to house the Crouch Mercantile Store.  The apartment was built in 1996. 

The Nayak home is a Vicorian style with Neo-Classical elements built in 1906 and featuring three diagonal fireplaces and four original stained glass windows. 


The Heritage Guild of Collin County thanks all of the homeowners who are opening their homes this year to support the Heritage Guild of Collin County and Chestnut Square Historic Village!
Enjoy Music, a Victorian Doll Collection, Historic Christmas Decorations and a Holiday Bazaar at Chestnut Square Historic Village. 

New in 2010, Moonlight Events will decorate the Dulaney House (1916) and Faires House (1854) at Chestnut Square with beautiful historic decorations.  Enjoy holiday music in the Dulaney House, Dutch oven cooking and syllabub (a historic holiday drink) in the Faires House and the Chestnut Square Victorian Doll collection at the Johnson House. 


Stop by the Bevel Reception House at 315 S. Chestnut for our Holiday Bazaar featuring home-made items from the Chestnut Square Crafters Guild and select Historic McKinney Farmers Market vendors.  Warm up with a hot drink from Small Potatoes Catering while you shop!

About The Heritage Guild of Collin County -- The Heritage Guild of Collin County is a 501c3 corporation that support Chestnut Square Historic Village.  The mission of Th Heritage Guild of Collin County is to preserve and perpeuate the heritage of Collin County.  The Heritage Guild of Collin County achieves this mission by providing educational programs, tours and events for the citizens of Collin County.  Find out how you can support The Heritage Guild of Collin County.