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
Miranda has been in the North Texas area since she graduated from Oklahoma Christian University in 2014. She reported and did design for a daily newspaper in Grayson County before she transitioned to a managing editor role for three weekly newspapers in Collin County. She joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2017 covering Tarrant County news, and is now back in Collin County as the editor of the Frisco and McKinney editions.


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