Sunday , 24 June 2018

Dulany House Restoration Work Begins Thanks to MCDC Grant

The picture at the left shows the state the Dulaney House was in when the ladies of The Heritage Guild of Collin County acquired it in 1973.  They saw that the house had “good bones” and represented a past that was worth preserving.  Today, the grand lady of Chestnut Square looks like the picture you see below. 

But we all know that beautiful buildings need maintenance and the Dulaney House is in dire need! Within the next month, the Dulaney House, in Chestnut Square Historic Village, will receive a new roof (thanks to Ameritex Roofing) and a new paint job (thanks to Bjork Fine Finishes) and leveling (thanks yet to be determined!). MCDC has provided grant funding to cover 50% of the cost and we are fundraising and receiving in-kind donations to raise the rest.  Any contributions you can make would be very much appreciated!

Make your donation by clicking here to go to or participating in the DonorBridge Giving Day on September 15, 2011.

Unfortunately, the Dulaney House is not the only house in distress at Chestnut Square. The Two Bit Taylor Inn is leaning and in risk of collapse!  This house, shown below, which many vistors, young and old, say is their favorite, was saved from condemnation by the ladies of The Heritage Guild of Collin County.  Unfortunately, its box and frame construction makes it very unsteady and most structural engineers say it shouldn’t have lasted 50 years, let alone the 150 years it’s been around.  To keep the Taylor Inn standing for future generations, we’re working with structural engineers to find a solution.  We have MCDC funds, but we need your help to finish the project.  Donate today or participate in DonorBridge Giving Day on September 15, 2011 to keep the Two Bit Taylor Inn a place that future generations can enjoy and learn about!

We’re proud that Chestnut Square exists today as a part of McKinney that comtributes to its home town feel.  Help us keep this non-profit 501c3 corporation something that we can all continue to be proud of!

Did you know that the Faires House at Chestnut Square is the oldest house in McKinney?  Built in 1854 by John Faires, this Greek Revival house is more common east of McKinney – where John Faires hailed from.  John Faires was a jack of all trades – blacksmith, bridge builder, and more – and was very successful in the early days of McKinney.  The Faires House is our next project.  We’d like to restore it to its 1854 glory.  To help out with this project, donate or participate in DonorBridge Giving Day (see below).

DonorBridge Giving Day, September 15, 2011

McKinney’s heritage makes it unique and The Heritage Guild of Collin County makes that heritage real with Living History Days, The Historic McKinney Farmers Market, Historic McKinney Trolley Tours, Tours of Chestnut Square and School Field Trips and Prairie Adventure Camps.   We need your help to maintain the buildings and grounds for future generations.

Please know that we take the stewardship of the buildings and grounds as our first priority.  They enable us to provide the programs that make McKinney unique.  Please donate to preserve the past as a present to the future!

We need:

Vacuum Cleaners, lots of newspapers, old pants / jeans, flannel or plaid shirts ( long sleeve), rope, Jute ( twine), straw, hats, garden gloves, light colored material to make the head….old pillow cases or sheets would work in a cream color, suspenders, bandanas.

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