Projects completed for McKinney’s Heritage Village at Chestnut Square facilities

Renovations were recently completed at Johnson House, which will turn 150 years old this year. (Courtesy The Heritage Guild of Collin County)
Renovations were recently completed at Johnson House, which will turn 150 years old this year. (Courtesy The Heritage Guild of Collin County)

Renovations were recently completed at Johnson House, which will turn 150 years old this year. (Courtesy The Heritage Guild of Collin County)

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New front porches were part of the renovations at Heritage Village at Chestnut Square. (Courtesy The Heritage Guild of Collin County)
A project to improve the facilities at Heritage Village at Chestnut Square was recently completed.



Located on two blocks at Chestnut Street, Anthony Street, Davis Street and Hwy. 5, Chestnut Square is home to five historic houses, including the oldest house in McKinney, a general store and the former Foote Baptist Church. It is operated by the Heritage Guild of Collin County.

The project was funded in part by the McKinney Community Development Corporation, which approved a $59,500 grant for the project in May 2019. The entire project cost an estimated $92,500.

Included in the project were renovations to the Johnson House, which functions as the bridal suite for weddings at the Heritage Village and will turn 150 years old this year, according to McKinney documents. The house was purchased by the Heritage Guild Square in the 1980s, per a MCDC presentation. Now the house has been refurbished and repairs have been completed to the chimney. New wallpaper has been added to the bride’s dressing room and eventually the Heritage Guild will repaper, refurbish or paint the entry hall, dining room and the main historic room.

The project also replaced and repainted the siding at Dixie’s Store, or the 1918 Brimer Anderson Grocery; installed a new speaker and PA system; installed artificial turf in the wedding garden; and changed and refurbished the boardwalk, awnings and porches.

Gutters were added to both buildings to prevent future water damage.


Learn more about Heritage Village at Chestnut square by clicking here.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story was incorrect. The Johnson House is original to Chestnut Square and has received some renovations since the 1980s. Edits have also been made to indicate projects have been completed.

By Miranda Jaimes

Editor, Frisco & McKinney

Miranda joined Community Impact Newspaper as an editor in August 2017 with the Grapevine/Colleyville/Southlake edition. In 2019 she transitioned to editor for the McKinney edition. She began covering Frisco as well in 2020. Miranda covers local government, transportation, business and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Miranda served as managing editor for The Prosper Press, The Anna-Melissa Tribune and The Van Alstyne Leader, and before that reported and did design for The Herald Democrat, a daily newspaper in Grayson County. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014.