Yorkville Historical Society

Founded in 1978 to foster and promote historical preservation and restoration in the city of York and its environs.

Follow this link to see some wonderful information about the history of York, SC.

Events and Meetings:

Dan Enright Celebration of Life Saturday, March 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

There will be a celebration of Dan Enright’s life with family and friends on Saturday, March 4th from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Women’s Club of Rock Hill, 607 Aiken Avenue, Rock Hill, South Carolina.  Please RSVP to Peggy’s email enrightp63@gmail.com.

Yorkville Historical Society Meeting Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m.

Our Next Meeting will be Thursday, March 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. The Board of Directors will at 5:30 p.m. before that.  Please note the new meeting time of 6:30 p.m. !!!!!!  Our speaker will be Lieutenant Dale Edwards, Community Services Officer for the city of York Police Department.

Histories of the Allison Creek and Clay Hill communities Festival May 6–7

See this very interesting article from the February 16th edition of the Fort Mill Times  about the festival to celebrate the histories of the Allison Creek and Clay Hill communities.

Brattonsville   “By Way of the Back Door” – special tours interpret African American culture

 MCCONNELS, SC – Every Saturday during the month of February, Historic Brattonsville will feature special guided tours that interpret African American history and culture in the Carolina Piedmont. “By Way of the Back Door” presents tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. that tell the stories of the plantation’s enslaved and their way of life from the American Revolution to the Reconstruction Era.  Historically dressed interpreters will guide tours beginning in the Oak Grove, exploring the 18th century through the back door of Col. Bratton’s house and then stroll into antebellum period.  The tours continue to the slave cabin, the brick kitchen, woodworking shed and through the back door of the Homestead. A Q & A opportunity concludes the tour.

In addition to the “By Way of the Back Door” tours, for each Saturday in February visitors may ‘enlist’ into the Civil War with the 33rd South Carolina Colored Infantry Regiment and/or York County’s Reconstruction militia guard. Information will be available regarding resources on ancestry lines for hundreds of York County families. Ongoing activities include historic cooking and blacksmithing demonstrations.

“By Way of the Back Door” is an essential part of the living history programming at Historic Brattonsville and offers a deeper interpretation of African American culture. The program’s  narrative includes both scholarly research and the collective memories of descendants of Bratton slaves.

“By Way of the Back Door” every Saturday in February from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. with special guided tours at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Admission: Adult, $8; Senior, $7; Youth ages 4-17, $5; CHM members and children 3 and under are admitted FREE.

Historic Brattonsville is located at 1444 Brattonsville Road, McConnells, SC 29726. Phone – 803.684.2327. For more information go to www.chmuseums.org

About Historic Brattonsville:

Historic Brattonsville features over thirty colonial and antebellum structures, including two house museums. The plantation spreads over eight hundred acres and includes farmed land with heritage breed animals, a Revolutionary War battlefield site, and a nature preserve with miles of walking trails. Seasonal events, reenactments, and living history programs interpret Carolina backcountry life from the 1760s to the late 19th century. Historic Brattonsville is part of Culture and Heritage Museums of York County, SC. The mission of Culture and Heritage Museums is to communicate and preserve the natural and cultural histories of the Carolina Piedmont.


Our 2017 Yorkville Historical Society meetings – You are invited to join us!

Our meetings will be at the wonderful McCelvey Center at 212 E Jefferson St, York, SC, and will start at 6:30 pm unless otherwise noted.  

Preliminary Dates:

Thursday, January 26 – Our banquet 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 23 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 30 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 27
Thursday, May 25
Thursday, June 29
Thursday, July 27
Thursday, August 31 –  This is the week after Summerfest.
Thursday, September 28
Thursday, October 26
Thursday, November 30 – This is the week after Thanksgiving.
December  no meeting – Our Christmas in Olde York Tour will be Dec 9 & 10.

If you have any questions or would like an email reminder of our meetings send an email to Debora Hutchins at dhutchins@bellsouth.net.

See more information on our Facebook page.

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