Historic Courthouse Square
McKinney’s Historic Courthouse Square has more than 100 shops—primarily antiques stores, art galleries, restaurants, and specialty spots. The Old Collin County Courthouse, the centerpiece of this downtown historic district, was built in 1874 and remodeled nearly 50 years later to include its current neoclassical facade.
Just off the square is the North Texas History Center (300 E. Virginia St., 972/542-9457, www.thentc.org, Wed.–Sat. 11 a.m.–4 p.m., $8 family, $4 adults, $2 seniors and children), offering two floors of exhibits related to the pioneer settlers and agricultural heritage of the region.
Housed in a remarkable 1911 U.S. post office made of limestone with Italianate detailing, the museum is known for its stunning 1934 Works Progress Administration painted mural and hidden walkways and peepholes once used by postal inspectors.
© Andy Rhodes from Moon Texas, 6th Edition