Food and Gather

Chestnut Square: McKinney’s Hidden Gem


My thoughts about Chestnut Square…

Mission Statement

Celebrate Community, Preserve History, Inspire the Future

Imagine being able to walk back to a time when life was different – no technology, no FB 😳, no convenience stores, limited transportation, no fast food restaurants, no microwave ovens, no ATMs and the list can go on. I think you get the picture. Chestnut Square is an area where you can appreciate historic buildings which represent the goals, traditions and lives of those who built, lived or workedt in them. All the buildings at Chestnut Square have stories to tell about what the community was and how it became what it is. This in itself helps us understand who we are.

I truly believe that preserving artifacts, buildings, and stories can be a part of building a healthy and vibrant community. Winston Churchill stated, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Therefore, it is vital that we preserve and celebrate McKinney’s history by maintaining the buildings and the artifacts that helped McKinney become what it is today – a beautiful, growing, diverse, and strong community.

“History is not something obscure or unimportant. History plays a vital role in our everyday lives. We learn from our past in order to achieve greater influence over our future. History serves as a model not only of who and what we are to be, we learn what to champion and what to avoid. Everyday decision-making around the world is constantly based on what came before us. Why? Because history matters.”
Berry, Steve (2012, April 23). Why preserving history matters

I encourage you to visit Chestnut Square, walk back to a time that shaped our community and learn more about the Historical Guild of Collin County.

McKinney’s Hidden Gem: Chestnut Square – Once it is discovered by people in the community and surrounding areas, they can’t help but go back to visit the Farmers Market and historical buildings. It is a special place dear to the hearts of many in the City of McKinney, a place where farmers sell their organic produce, meats, and artisans sell special hand crafted products.

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