At Cinemark Movies 14, you'll find first run movies at reasonable prices. Matinees are $2.50 and it's $4.50 at night. $2.50 is nothin'...and most movies that they put out aren't worth diddly...so $2.50 is a great deal. It's one of those modern megaplex theatres that has about 4,000 screens...actually, I guess there are 14...that's why 14 is in the name. They try to make up for the cheap tickets by getting people to buy $4 cokes and jumbo popcorn tubs...but, if you can resist those temptations, this is a good place to catch the latest flicks. Some of the movies that I've seen here recently are: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Kill Bill, and The Last Samurai.Related to:
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Chestnut Square is a collection of seven houses and other structures dating back to the 1850s. The buildings are the Taylor House, Dulaney Cottage, Johnson House, the Chapel, Dixie's Store, the Faires House and Schoolroom - (I'll try to put pictures of them each in a travelogues sometime.) The buildings are furnished as they would have been in the 1800's and early 1900's. Tours begin at the visitors center on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 11a.m.
Heard-Craig Historic Center
The Heard-Craig house was built in 1900. The original owners wished for it to be preserved to show future generations how people lived in yesteryear. Tours now take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2 p.m. and on Saturdays at 1,2, and 3 p.m. The Heards also left land to the Heard Museum near McKinney...very gracious of them.
The Old Prison
The old prison was built in 1880. It has been used by Hollywood for movie locations in recent years. Jessie James’ brother Frank James spent more than a few nights here and Raymond Hamilton, who was part of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde gang and one of the country’s most prolific bank robbers, was arrested for stealing a car and spent time here in 1932. There is a story that Bonnie smuggled him in a hacksaw for which he used to try and cut his way out. Charles ‘Tex’ Watson went on a crime binge as part of the notorious Manson family in Los Angeles in the 1969. He grew up just east of McKinney. He ended up turning himself into the Collin County Sheriff and was later transferred to California where he is now serving a life sentence.
The prison has now been converted to a restaurant - "The Prison Bar and Grill"
Collin County Central Museum
The old 1911 Post Office has now been turned into a Museum which houses a variety of historical artefacts. There are exhibits of pioneer life and the early history of Collin County. There is also a civil war triptych which was painted by WPA artist Frank Klepper. The Museum is open to the public Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat from 11 – 4.00pm.
The Heard-Craig House
This is a beautifully restored 7,000 sqft historic home which was built in 1900. At the time it was the centre for social, business, art and literary activities. The home was built by Stephen D. Heard and his wife Lillie and the moved in with their 18 year old son Fred and 16 year old daughter Katie. Stephen Heard was co-owner of JS & SD Heard Mercantile which was in downtown McKinney. It provided groceries, farm implements, saddles and other basic necessities for more than 30 years. Stephen along with his brother John also owned cotton and flour mills, real estate and insurance businesses. The home was bequeathed by Kathryn Heard Craig in 1970 to the community.
The Carriage House
The Carriage House is part of the Heard-Craig property and is available for rentals by businesses for meetings and corporate retreats. The houses are furnished with the family’s furniture, art works and heirlooms. You can tour the houses Tues & Thurs 2.00pm and Saturdays at 1.00, 2.00 & 3.00pm. There is a Victorian Christmas event held at Thanksgiving weekend every year.
McKinney's Historic Homes
McKinney is full of historic homes. The architectural styles vary from Victorian Italianate, Gothic, Art Deco, Prairie to Revival. The historic value has been a draw car for Hollywood who have used the city to produce films and t.v. series such as ‘Walker, Texas Ranger’, ‘Murder in the Heartland’ and Hallmark Hall of Fame’s ‘An American Story’.
This was originally the Foote Baptist Church and was moved to Chestnut Square in 1994 and was carefully restored to its original turn-of-the-century condition. This church was the typical meeting house of Collin County residents. It has now been renames as The Chapel at Chestnut Square and can be hired for weddings, receptions, meetings and parties.
The Taylor House
The Taylor House was built in 1863 and stands out in colour amongst the other old buildings in Chestnut Square. In 1868 it was purchased by Armstead J. Taylor at a public auction. The house as an Inn, accommodated passengers travelling on the stage lines. It was also an ideal bed and breakfast for passing salesmen when the H&TC Railroad came to McKinney in 1872. The cost of a night was 25c and from this came the local use of the name "Two-Bit Taylor Inn".
The Faires House
This house is the oldest home still standing house in McKinney. It was built in 1854 by John Faires and was in the line of fire during the only battle the Civil War fought in McKinney. Bullets from this war were found in the house when it was being moved to Chestnut Square. The style of architecture is Greek Revival.
John H. Johnson House
Built in the early 1870’s this ‘Folk Victorian’ style house was originally owned by John H. Johnson who served as a Captain in the Confederate Army and authored the Texas Homestead Law. He was also quite a heated political character who had a distinguished career in the Texas Legislature and Senate. Descendants of John Johnson continuously owned the house until the Heritage Guild acquired the home for restoration in 1987.
The Dulaney Cottage
This little Victorian cottage was built by Joseph E. Dulaney in 1875 and has wonderful detail. The rooms have been furnished with authentic pieces from the Civil War era. Each piece was collected from families in Collin County.
The Ice Cream Crank-Off
It must have been our lucky day--a recent trip to McKinney for the Garden Club Tour also gave us the opportunity to do some taste testing at the Ice Cream Crank-Off.
Located in historic Chestnut Square, this annual event gives contestants a venue to try out some innovative or traditional recipes for homemade hand-cranked ice cream. Rewards followed for the best in taste!
Beginning at 1pm Saturday, enthusiastic 'taste testers' lined up to try out some familiar and new flavors like vanilla, peach, milky way, basil and cucumber. Tickets cost $5 per person to purchase, then one joined a long,long line of happy campers who were licking their lips for joy (pic #2)!
The line moved slowly towards the serving tables (pictured) as gallons of ice cream called every man, woman and child forth. It was a humid and hot day--ice cream seemed the ideal solution to ease our misery and it was! Unfortunately, some flavors were given out before everyone had their taste, but what we DID taste was scrumptious.Related to:
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A Peek At Some Lovely Gardens!
If you adore gardening or deeply appreciate someone else's green thumb, then The McKinney Garden Club tour is for you! This event is held in June each year and gives those with a ticket a chance to peek at some of the town's most ambitious gardens.
After purchasing our tickets on line ($15.00 each), my husband and I were looking forward to wandering through someone else's back yard...legally. It was a great choice of activities, because we were treated to seven gardens, four of these had open houses for tour, as well.
One of these homes had an outdoor bake oven and the host presented his freshly made bread to one and all, while his wife gave tips on how to grow a top notch vegetable garden. Another very lovely home, served lemonade and sugar cookies to visitors while a potter demonstrated her skill.
Some creative souls made outside rooms in their gardens, one participant placed a mantle and seating area along a garage wall (pic #2). Someone else charmed us with a funky potting shed (pic #3). Others were just utterly beautiful...(pics #4 & 5).
*The tour ran from 11am-5pm, one day onlyRelated to:
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