While information states that the earliest graves dated from 1854, I found graves dating back into the 1700’s. I was very impressed how well kept and what good order a lot of these old graves were in.
Location : Pecan Grove Cemetary
Pecan Grove in on one of the major highways driving north into McKinney. It is one of the oldest cemeteries in North Texas. Many Texas pioneers including Governors to gunslingers are buried here. It is also the final resting place of heroes of the Texas revolution and veterans of the Mexican War and every following war. There are some 57 acres which were granted by the Republic of Texas in 1845.
Location : Hwy 5 (McDonald at Industrial/Eldorado).
This large outlet mall is just 5 miles south of McKinney. The shops here are upscale and there are more than 50 stores. Major names such as Polo Ralph Lauren, DKNY, Banana Republic Factory Store, Liz Claiborne, Barneys New York Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger, Nautica, Timberland, Reebok, WestPoint Stevens and more. The Dansk store has some very nice china and crystal. There is a Samsonite store and a Wilson leather store also. All stores have between 25 – 65% off the retail price. Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.
Location: 820 West Stacy Road, Allen (Located directly off Hwy 75 (Central Expressway), Exit 37
Here you'll find a small plot of land that was the original county seat for Collin County. One of the original settlers of the area, McGarrah, started a trading post here which later became a fort and then a townsite. In 1848, it was noticed that Buckner wasn't within the legal boundaries to be considered the county seat...and everyone picked up and moved a few miles to McKinney which then became the county seat for Collin. Buckner was no more. What remains at the site is the Buckner Cemetery - oldest grave is from 1870. Two historical markers tell the story of both Buckner the town and the cemetery. It's a small area that can be found right next to the Third Monday Trade Days field - on U.S. 380 about 3 miles west of McKinney.
Lake Lavon isn't the greatest lake in the world. But, it's only a 20-30 minute drive from McKinney (to the southeast,) so that's a good thing. It's another Texas lake made by the army corps of engineers (I think that the only naturally formed lake in Texas is Caddo Lake.) The water isn't very clear - there are old, dead trees sticking up out of the water...and I wouldn't eat any fish from that lake...even though the fishing is supposed to be pretty good: catfish, crappie - I knew someone who caught an alligator gar in Lavon - those things have sharp teeth! There is a hiking/horse riding trail, and a few parks that can be used for picnics or whatever.
Heard Museum - it's just south of McKinney. It's a nature reserve and natural history museum about. They keep birds that have been injured and that can't return to the wild. There's also a nature trail where you'll see native trees and plants and animals...it's what the area would still look like if the farmers hadn't cut all the trees down all those years ago. They also have exhibits at the Heard - the latest one is about bats - I looked it up on their web site and discovered that there were no live bats in their bat exhibit...what's up with that?