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SENIORS DRIVE THROUGH ILLINOIS


Seniors Stop At Lombard

DocumentSenior travelers find that Lombard is a village and a suburb of Chicago with a population that runs around 43,000. Lombard was officially incorporated in 1869, named after Chicago banker and real estate developer Josiah Lewis Lombard.

The city has a very interesting history. Originally part of Potawatomi Indian lands, the Lombard area was first settled by Americans of European descent in the 1830s. Lombard shares its early history with Glen Ellyn. Brothers Ralph and Morgan Babcock settled in a grove of trees along the DuPage River in what was known as Babcock’s Grove. Lombard developed to the east and Glen Ellyn to the west.

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In the mid-1830′s, early settlers were attracted to Babcock’s Grove, (as Lombard was called at the time) by rich farmland; more settlers came when the railroad route westward from Chicago followed the St. Charles Road Trail.

In 1837, Babcock’s Grove was connected to Chicago by a stagecoach line which stopped at Stacy’s Tavern at Geneva and St. Charles Roads. Fertile land, the DuPage River, and plentiful timber drew farmers to the area.

Seniors Enjoy The Lilac Festival

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Josiah Lombard purchased 227 acres of land in 1868 and spearheaded the incorporation of Lombard in 1869. Stylish Victorian homes appeared on North Main Street. The Lombard Historical Museum maintains a house museum in the style of one of these homes circa the 1870s.

The Maple Street Chapel, which is now on the National Register of Historic Places, was constructed in 1870 to serve a growing population. The “Lilac Village” as it is called, has much to offer senior visitors in part because of its proximity to Chicago.

If you enjoy the scent of lilacs… since 1930, Lombard has hosted an annual Lilac Festival and parade in May. “Lilac Time in Lombard,” is a 16-day festival ending in mid-May. Sixteen days…wow.

Lombard is loaded with scenery and a visit would not be complete without a few photos of the Little Orphan Annie  House on Lombard’s Main Street.

Seniors Visit Lilacia Park

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TripAdvisor has a listing of several attractions that seniors can enjoy, starting with the Lilacia Park, a 8.5 acre garden,  located at 150 South Park Avenue. It specializes in lilacs and tulips and is open to the public daily.

The park, once home to Colonel William R. Plum’s lilac garden, is now a park with poetic appeal. Originally the Plums purchased two lilacs, Syringa vulgaris ‘Mme Casimir Périer’, a double white, and Syringa vulgaris ‘Michel Buchner’, a double lilac color. The present collection of lilacs in Lilacia began with these two cultivars.

The park was bequeathed on the passing of Colonel Plum, a Chicago lawyer and Civil War veteran,  in 1927. With a name like “Plum” one can better understand why purple is supreme around Lombard. For me, a Master Gardener, I’d want to then head off to the Lombard Historical Society Museum to learn more about Lombard.

Senior travelers, make a stop in Lombard next time you are in the Chicago area.  You won’t regret it.  jeb

Filed under : Family Travel, United States

SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH OHIO


Seniors Discover River City Marieta

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Marietta (pop. 14,000+), seniors discover, is the seat of Washington County, Ohio. Pioneers to the Ohio Country established Marietta in 1788 as the first permanent settlement of the new United States in the Territory Northwest of the River Ohio.

Marieta is the second-largest city in the Parkersburg-Marietta-Vienna, West Virginia-Ohio (part) Metropolitan Statistical Area. My, that’s a mouth full! The private, nonsectarian liberal arts Marietta College is located in this town. It was a station on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.

Nestled in the picturesque hills of the Mid-Ohio Valley, this historic riverboat town and environs are bucolic spots for holidays, vacations, romantic getaways, family gatherings and conventions.

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 Seniors Discover Ancient History Around Marieta

Ancient history abounds in and around Marieta. Between 100 BC and 500 AD, the Hopewell culture built the multi-earthwork complex on the terrace east of the Muskingum River near its mouth with the Ohio. It is now known as the Marietta Earthworks.

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Ancient tribes and pioneers discovered Marieta to be ideally located between the rivers and the hills in southeastern Ohio at the mouth of the Muskingum River at the confluence of the Ohio and Muskingum rivers.

TripAdvisor suggest that senior visitors check out the Campus Martius Museum, the Mound Cemetery and the Castle. The Buckley House is a highlight experience set in one of the classic homes of Marietta.

Marietta Named For Marie Antionette

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Originally known as Adelphia, meaning “brotherhood,” the city was later named Marietta in honor of Marie Antoinette, the Queen of France, who had aided the colonies in their battle for independence.

The local Chamber of Commerce notes that Marietta is a city of beautiful parks, two rivers, 19th century architecture, brick streets, historical landmarks and museums. Senior travelers will find one of America’s most robust downtowns alive with shops, restaurants and businesses.

So that’s Marieta. Seniors, spend some time in this historic town and enjoy all the amenities. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO NEW JERSEY


Seniors Discover Mount Laurel

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Mount Laurel, New Jersey, is called an edge city suburb of Philadelphia just off I-295.  The population runs right at 42,000 and was incorporated as a town back in 1872. The name Mount Laurel comes from the name of a hill at a main crossroads in town.

Laurel Acres Park is known for its Veteran’s Memorial, fishing lake, playground, and huge grassy hill used for concerts in the summer and sledding in the winter.

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Senior visitors will find historical landmarks in Mount Laurel, including General Clinton’s headquarters and Paulsdale, the birthplace and childhood home of Alice Paul, a major leader in the Women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

Evesham Friends Meeting House, on the National Register of  Historic Places, is the oldest meetinghouse still in use in the United States. The Thomas Smith House is another on the National Register of Historic Places, which means…don’t miss it if you are interested in American History. I would be right behind you. Senior visitors can travel all across Hamilton County visiting one site after another; I counted 95 of them.

 Senior Visitors, Meet Hattie Margaret Hill Britt

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Hattie Margaret Hill Britt, 92, whose half-century as a teacher in Mount Laurel led to the community naming a school after her, Hattie Britt School. Her career as a teacher spanned the days from one-room schoolhouses to modern classrooms, from segregated schools to multiethnic classrooms, and from Mount Laurel’s days as a farming community to its present status as a township filled with gleaming office parks and sprawling housing developments.

Farmer’s Hall, built in 1866 by the Farmers Progressive Club, served as the town hall from 1904 to 1969. The hall has been restored and is now used as a museum. The local Historical Society was formed in 1972 to save Farmer’s Hall from demolition.

 Seniors Visit Jacob’s Chapel And Cemetery

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One of the most famed sites is Jacob’s Chapel that was constructed in 1859. Behind the chapel is an African American cemetery filled with soldiers from the civil war. During the war, Quakers in Mount Laurel helped slaves escape to the north through the Underground Railroad using the chapel as a hiding location.

Long before it became Mount Laurel Township, the earliest known history of this area began with the Lenni-Lenape Indians (len-ah-pee) means “original people,” who lived throughout the Delaware Valley from around 1400 until the 1700s. Evidence is found of their farming and hunting villages along the banks of the Rancocas River. In fact, the “Great Road” of pioneer days was originally an Indian trail.

Highlights for seniors include Laurel Acres Park, the Coco Key Water Resort and Larchmont Park. There seems to be no end of ethic restaurants in town. So set your GPS and spend some quality time in Mount Laurel. -jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH MASSACHUSETTS


Seniors Visit Historic Montague

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Montague, Massachusetts with a population of around 8,500, was formed in 1754 and was previously called Sunderland. Located within Montague, senior visitors will find five villages: Montague Center, Lake Pleasant, Turner Falls, Miller Falls and Montague City.  

The town was originally inhabited by the Pocomtuc tribe (that’s a new one for me), and the area was known as Peskeompskut. Say that real fast three times! Montague is claimed to be the location of a certain maple tree that inspired poet Joyce Kilmer (1886–1918) to write the popular 1913 poem “Trees.”

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The Montague Center Historic District encompasses the well-preserved 19th century village center. A school and two churches from the 1830s flank the common, as does the 1858 town hall. The oldest building in the district is a tavern that dates to about 1734.

Seniors Enjoy Historic Districts

The District is the civic heart of the town, and was an active industrial area in the 19th century. Seniors can visit the site of an early gristmill, the Alva Stone Mill, sometimes called “The Book Mill”. The store’s motto is “Books you don’t need in a place you can’t find.” It is on the list of National Historic Places as is the Turner Falls Historic District.

The largest of five villages, Turners Falls was named after Captain William Turner, who played a key role in the region’s Indian Wars. Two important waterfalls border the town,—Turner’s Falls, on the Connecticut, at the north, falling 25 feet, and Miller’s Falls, on Miller’s River, at the east, with a fall of 12 feet. In the eastern part of the town is a granite quarry, which furnished considerable valuable stone.

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Montague is nestled along the Connecticut River in the upper Pioneer Valley just off Interstate 91 northwest of Boston. The town prides itself on a lively arts community and convenient access to the cultural resources of the “Five College Area”.

Seniors Check Out A Bar, A Pub, a Cafe and Fish Hatchery

Montague Center is the site of the town’s original settlement in the early eighteenth century (1715-30). Early development of the village was encouraged by the availability of abundant waterpower and productive agricultural land.

Senior visitors check out The Local Guide to Montague and the Historical Society. The archives are housed at the former Grange Hall that is on the register of Historic Places.

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Then visit the Bitzer Fish Hatchery, appease your appetite at the Black Cow Burger Bar, stop at Miller’s Pub and check out The Lady Killegrew Cafe.

The most important of the natural features of the town is Lake Pleasant, covering about 100 acres, and situated in the midst of a pine grove, about a mile and a half east of Montague Centre.

So when you are traveling along the East Coast, swing by Montague. -jeb

 

SENIORS TRAVEL TO AUSTRIA


Seniors Are Going To Golling

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Golling, Austria (pop. 4,000) was featured on my CNN Travel Photos of the Day as a place we all need to experience. Golling was mentioned in historical sources as a farm hamlet in the 9th century. Today, residents of this quietly stylish outlying burg tend to commute to work in Salzburg. Senior visitors often use Golling as a base for various outdoor activities in the nearby mountains.

Golling, just 25 kilometers south of Salzburg is ideal for families, culture, hiking, sports enthusiasts and senior citizens who appreciate good clean air. It is just a fun and attractive village with great amenities: a multitude of excursions, great accommodations, a long history, and gourmet experiences.

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Golling an der Salzach is a “market town” where the Salzach River and Lammer tributary form a confluence. A definite must see is a visit to the awesome Gollinger Wasserfall (Golling Waterfall) that attracts tourists of all ages and from all over the world.

Senior Visitors Enjoy The Golling Waterfalls

In the part of Golling known as Torren near the fascinating late gothic pilgrimage church of St. Nikolaus, the Golling waterfall plunges 75 meters down two giant steps into the valley below. The thunderous Golling Falls have been a popular subject for many.

The path to the roaring Golling Waterfall will lead senior visitors along the Schwarzenbach (“Black Brook”) to a steep ascent over a romantic wooden bridge to the source of the Schwarzenbach Brook.

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Perhaps the most notable figure is Joseph Mohr (1792–1848), who wrote the words to the Silent Night Christmas carol and served as priest of the Golling parish church from 1820 to 1821. Salzach Gorge near Golling is another popular visit.

Tiny Golling Entices Seniors

Heimatmuseum Burg Golling has a chapel and an interesting folklore collection. Senior visitors will see remains of cave bears, fossils, and copies of rock drawings, plus old pictures of the village. There’s also a hunting room, exhibits of regional costumes, and a chamber of torture. That last room is definitely not for children…and perhaps a few adults.

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Aqua-Salza (spa) and the Museum Burg Gollin are popular. In 1968 there was talk of creating a museum in Golling Castle. With the establishment of the first rooms, the museum was opened in an initially modest scale in 1971.

TripAdvisor highlights tiny Golling and has prepared some suggestions on hotels, B&Bs, flights, maps and things to see and do. Seniors, enjoy your visit to Golling.  jeb

Filed under : Editors Choice

SENIORS TRAVEL TO BELGIUM


Seniors Voyage En Belgique

belgium_mons_lgOui, aujourd’hui on va en Belgique pour visiter MONS. Senior visitors learn that Mons is a Belgian city and municipality, and the capital of the province of Hainaut. It was recently selected as one of the “hots spots” for visitors in Europe.

Mons will be the European Capital of Culture in 2015. Mons will probably evoke WWI for most British readers. It has however been witness to many more battles than that, and if it remembers the presence of British and German troops in 1914, it is also proud of vestiges dating back to the Romans.

Mons is a town of tradition and its celebrations of “Lumeçon” and “Le Car d’Or” highlight these traditions. Van Gogh was in Mons for some time before moving on to Provence and senior travelers can visit the house he lived in. Mons also has some unique attractions in the nearby vicinity which are well worth visiting.

Senior Military Buffs Attracted To Mons

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Read all about the early history of Mons as well as specifics on the city via Wikipedia.  Mons (Bergen in Dutch, pop. 92,000) is a university town. The name of the city derives from Latin “Montes”, meaning “Mount”, from the geographical feature where it stands, although it is really just a hill.

Despite the lack of extraordinary monuments, Mons is without contest one of the most beautiful and pleasant of cities in Belgium, thanks to its architectural homogeneity, its clean streets and its warm atmosphere.

Located 35 miles south of the capital city of Brussels, military buffs will find a rich history in Mons. British and German troops occupied Mons in 1914 during World War I, yet the city also has ruins dating back to the ancient Romans.

Seniors Find Beauty and Historical Richness In Mons

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Must-sees in Mons, include its Gothic style town hall; the Belfry, a World Heritage UNESCO site; the Collegiate Church of Sainte-Waudru, and the Decorative Arts Museum François Duesberg with its unique and prestigious clock collection.

Mons has expanded over the centuries, outgrowing its fortified walls more than once, and engulfing surrounding communities. The central core of the town is not large, and runs in a number of rings.

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TripAdvisor says the St Symphorien Military Cemetery is rated a #1 attraction in the city. Mons was originally a place of pilgrimage, and most of the historic buildings are churches, chapels, convents or abbeys. But the beauty of Mons lies in its narrow paved streets and its traditional houses.

Set your compass on Mons, the city that offers all the splendors and historical richness that so typifies most of the cities in Belgium. -jeb

Filed under : Europe

SENIORS VISIT CASTLE COMBE IN THE UK


Seniors Enjoy Prettiest Village In England

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Castle Combe, a village on the southern-most edge of the Cotswolds, is approximately 12 miles from the Georgian city of Bath. Senior travelers also enjoy the nearby sites of historical interest, Stonehenge and the Wiltshire White Horses.

Castle Combe (pop. 350) has been called ‘The Prettiest Village in England’. The small street leading from the Market Cross down to the By Brook is as picturesque today as it has ever been.

Little has changed in Castle Combe in the last 400 years – no houses have been built since 1617, and most of the original medieval buildings still exist beneath layered facades. Senior visitors will see quaint stone cottages, you will not see TV aerials or street lights.

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Seniors, Artists, Filmmakers Drawn to the Village

Today there are more artists than autos in Castle Combe, a favorite spot for painters to set up their easels. This village, in some ways, is a victim of its own reputation, for visitors can on occasion, outnumber the residents.

Originally a British hill fort became occupied by the Romans, followed by the Normans, who built the fort into a Castle.

By the Middle Ages the village in the valley below had become an important center for the wool industry. The spinsters and weavers lived in the cottages (hence names such as “Weaver’s House”) and the river, still known as By Brook, provided the power to run the mills.

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In more recent times the village has played host to many filming activities, most memorable of which was the 1966 film of Doctor Doolittle, starring Rex Harrison and Anthony Newley. Recently, Castle Combe was the film location for Stephen Spielberg’s ‘War Horse’.

Seniors Find Hidden Gem

Set in 365 acres of Cotswold countryside, Castle Combe is a hidden gem that has been welcoming senior visitors for at least a century. The village boasts a racetrack that opened in 1950 and in its heyday attracted star names such as the famed Stirling Moss.

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If you have driven through England you have passed through dozens of highly attractive small villages. Now place this one on your “must see” list… it stands out among all the others. The village is nestled in a wooded Cotswold valley, with the ambling Bybrook river flowing through it.

Castle Combe is a truly delightful example of a traditional English village. The local Village Museum contains a summary of the village history. The Town Bridge at the end of the village street was originally a timber construction until it was replaced by stonework in the 18th century.

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The Roman Bridge, a one-sided bridge at the far end of the village, is often referred to simply as the ‘Roman Bridge’.

According to legend the ghost of a roman centurion has been seen standing guard, so look for him.

By the way, there are two pubs in town for sampling some local brews.  Enjoy your visit to Castle Combe. -jeb

Filed under : Adventure Travel, Europe

SENIORS STOP IN WEYMOUTH, MASSACHUSETTS


Seniors Enjoy Olde Weymouth

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Weymouth, Massachusetts is a ‘mature’ community 11 miles south of Boston. This means that compared to other municipalities, Weymouth has been almost completely developed in terms of land area. Senior visitors will find Weymouth in the South Shore region of the Boston metropolitan area, 12 miles southeast of Boston and 42 miles northeast of Providence, Rhode Island. The present population runs right at 54,000.

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Weymouth has been a landmark back to colonial times. The original settlers created a plantation known as “Old Spain.” The town was first established in 1635. A prominent shoe making industry began in the early years of the 1700′s and was producing shoes until 1973.

Senior visitors enjoy the Abigail Adams House that was the birthplace of Abigail Smith Adams, the wife of President John Adams and also the mother of President John Quincy Adams. The town is also the site of the very first town meeting.  The recorded history of Weymouth begins in 1622, and the local graveyards and genealogical records are rich with early American history.

This Senior Lived Next Door

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Today the town of Weymouth includes four distinct districts known as Bicknell Square, Weymouth Landing, Jackson Square and Columbian Square. Tang and the popular Bell’s Seasoning are manufactured in Weymouth. The town has a large Irish population.

Interesting, my family and I lived next door in South Weymouth for a summer while I attended summer school up on The Square. Parks and recreation area abound all over town and the locals take advantage of the many green spaces for picnics and for strolling.

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The Town of Weymouth is the second oldest town in the Commonwealth, dating from 1622 when it was founded as “Wessagusset”. Renamed Weymouth in 1635, the town was boosted in that year by the arrival of 100 settlers from England.

The city took its name from Weymouth, Dorset, a coastal town in England. The early settlement was incorporated into the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and slowly grew as a fishing and agricultural community.

 Weymouth Cares About Seniors

Weymouth caters to seniors. A senior notes..”No senior should ever feel alone because Weymouth cares about seniors. The Whipple Center provides many interesting programs for our seniors. There is something for everyone: shopping, music, luncheons, movies and the list goes on. Don’t sit home alone come and see us.”

Another chimes in…”I like everything about Weymouth. I have lived here since 1954, and it’s the best town in Massachusetts.”

Can’t beat that can you? Enjoy Weymouth. jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL TO DALLAS TEXAS


Seniors Enjoy “The Branch”

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We are off to visit what the locals call “The Branch”, Farmers Branch, Texas.  Seniors discover that Farmers Branch, with a population of just under 30,000, is an oasis of small-town life in the heart of big-city bustle.

Over the years Farmers Branch has come to be known as “The City in a Park” with fifteen parks, three golf courses, seventeen tennis courts, three youth centers, two indoor theaters, and a swimming pool.

Twelve miles north of downtown Dallas, Farmers Branch is the oldest settlement in Dallas County, a community steeped in Texas heritage with very deep roots. The local Historical Park is one of the best-kept secrets in the area where senior visitors can take a walk back in time and wander amongst the array of historical buildings and colorful gardens.

 

 Senior Visitors Find More Than A Branch

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Farmers Branch was settled in 1842 by Thomas Keenan and his wife, Sarah. The area was called Mustang, but later changed to Farmers Branch due to the rich soil and flourishing crops in Dallas County.

Between 1845 and 1850, it was the best-known of all of the Texas settlements. The community is credited with many of Dallas County’s firsts, including the area’s first church, school and blacksmith shop.

Farmers Branch is more than a branch with 3,500 companies  in town and over 250 corporate headquarters, including 60 Fortune 500 companies.

Senior visitors will enjoy Farmers Branch Historical Park with its historic houses, a museum store, picnic area, and two large meadows. A one-room schoolhouse is one of its many attractions, as well as a three log structures, and a beautiful late-19th-century Queen Anne Victorian Cottage.

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Seniors Enjoy A City On The Move

“The city is ‘on the move’ and is creating a new downtown – a special place that will be uniquely Farmers Branch – a place that will be a highly desirable neighborhood in which to live, work and play.”

When you are in the Dallas area, stop in Farmers Branch and see for yourself this city on the move. Seniors will discover that Farmers Branch hosts dozens of events every year… Date Night, Independence Day Celebration, Bloomin’ Bluegrass, Halloween in The Park, and the Christmas Tour of Lights.

See you in Farmers Branch.  jeb

SENIORS TRAVEL THROUGH TEXAS


Seniors Can’t Pass Up McKinney

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…and for good reason. McKinney was selected as the#1 “Best Place to Live” by Money Magazine, Oct 2014. So this senior did some checking to see why McKinney, Texas earned this prestigious award.

Both the city and the county were named for Collin McKinney who signed the Texas Declaration of Independence. Today it is a city of around 145,000 located 30 miles north of Dallas on Interstate 75.

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The history of McKinney notes the city to be one of the oldest towns in North Texas, dating to 1841 when the first settlers arrived in the region from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Tennessee.

Seniors Enjoy Old and Authentic

McKinney has one of the oldest authentic and thriving historic downtowns in Texas. The downtown district offers over 100 unique shops and for the senior gourmand, more than a dozen unique restaurants. It is said in McKinney…”Don’t expect to lose any weight while visiting McKinney; quite simply, the food is way too good.”

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Senior visitors will encounter an assortment of specialty shops, art galleries, furniture stores, exquisite antique collections, gifts and home décor and apparel boutiques. Town Lake Recreational Area is an attractive 22 acre lake for fishing or for boating. Senior hikers, the Lake is surrounded by a 1.3 mile hike and bike trail.

So as you are cruising around Dallas, swing north into McKinney and plan to spend a few days.  Seems like something is brewing all year long. Annual Events include Bike the Bricks, Red White and Boom!, Mickey Mantle World Series, Oktoberfest, Dickens of a Christmas and the Heritage Guild Holiday Homes Tour.

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Historic Homes, Courthouse Square and Village

If you are into historic sites, like me, McKinney is home to over 1700 historic homes and buildings and an  historic Courthouse Square. Chestnut Square Historic Village is a collection of six historic homes, a replica of a one-room school house, chapel and store on 2.5 acres just south of the downtown McKinney square.

The grounds also include a blacksmith shop, smoke house, and beautiful chapel and reception gardens.  The buildings include period artifacts showing how people lived in Collin County from 1854-1920.

The city’s tree-lined streets, historic downtown and tight-knit community give McKinney a friendly, small town feel. Check out the Grand Hotel… it would make a great place to bed down in historic downtown McKinney. Enjoy your visit to this Number One Town.  jeb

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