Historic District Tours

Step Back Into History with a Tour!

McKinney's sizeable historic district provides ample opportunities to see and learn about McKinney from its founding in 1848 (incorporated in 1849) until today. Enjoy a walking tour, a tour on the trolley, or a visit to a historical attraction to learn more about McKinney's roots.

Guided Historic Walking Tours

McKinney walking tours give residents and visitors a small look into the history that shaped our city. We at Visit McKinney, in conjunction with the city's Historic Preservation and GIS (mapping) departments, offer monthly tours. Links for signing up can be found on Eventbrite and on Visit McKinney's Facebook page. These tours are always free and a snack and water are provided. Wear comfortable walking shoes and meet at the Visitors Center at 200 W. Virginia.

If your family or group of friends are interested in one of these tours during the week, you can arrange a private tour by contacting the city's Historic Preservation Officer Guy Giersch. Call his direct office line (972-547-7416) or email him at  

Special trolley tourTrolley Tours

Trolley tours are offered every second Saturday and leave from Chestnut Square Heritage Village at 10 a.m. on tour days. The tours alternate each month from April through November between Chestnut Square and the Collin County History Museum. Chestnut Square's tour focuses on the community's history. In alternating months, the Collin County History Museum's tour focuses on McKinney's "bad boys and desperados," with guide Pat Rogers portraying the notorious Belle Starr. 

Check Chestnut Square's website or the Collin County History Museum website for more information. (Their contact information can be found on their websites.) Tours are $10 for adults and $7 for children under 12, seniors and military. During Farmers Market season, tickets are available at the Information Booth located at the intersection of Anthony and Chestnut Streets. Secure tour spots early as seating is limited. 

Self-Guided Historic Walking Tours

Guided walking tours may not be scheduled on a day you feel like exploring McKinney's sizeable historic district. Treat your family and friends to a self-guided tour of either the historic downtown commercial district or residential district with tools provided online and accessible from your smartphone.

Historic Commercial Building Walking Tour interactive map 

Residential Historic Walking Tour interactive map | PDF

Architectural styles for buildings in McKinney's Historic District