Yorkville Historical Society

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

Art through the Ages – Saturday, September 23rd, 2017, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
This festival will be at the Museum of Western York County at 3716 Woodlawn Street, Sharon, SC 29741.  For more information, see the Art Festival flyer on their website.

-> Yorkville Historical Society – Our next meeting will be on Thursday, September 28th ,2017 at 6:30 p.m. 
Note:  The board of directors will not meet at 5:30 p.m.

We are very fortunate to have Michael Bedenbaugh as our scheduled speaker.
The meeting will be at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. There will be a reception following the presentation in the Jane Spratt room in the McCelvey Center.

Michael Bedenbaugh has been Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina for over 10 years. Born in Prosperity SC in the shadow of his Great Grandfather’s home, Mike has always had a love and respect for old places. After serving in the US Navy for five years, Mike attended USC and Columbia University in New York for a degree in International Studies and History. Following school he moved to NY and helped to build a product marketing company that catered to the entertainment industry with offices in NY and LA. In 1991 he moved the corporate headquarters to Prosperity and became socially involved as a member of the local planning commission, chair of the county Board of Zoning Appeals, joined the Board of the Palmetto Trust, and was elected to Prosperity’s city council. After a high-pressured 14 years of managing the needs of clients such as Dreamworks, MGM, Island Records, Paramount Pictures and Philip Morris, Mike decided to focus on the local community and took on managing the social studies program for Newberry Academy’s middle and high schools until assuming the reins of the Palmetto Trust in 2007.

When not traveling the state in search of endangered historic places to save, (200,000 miles traveled in 4 years) Mike resides on his grandfather’s restored farm outside of Prosperity with his wife Anya.

Rose Hill Plantation Field TripWednesday, October 25th, 2017
Join us on for a field trip to Rose Hill Plantation located at 2677 Sardis Rd, Union, SC. We will meet at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC at 8:30 a.m. and carpool to the Rose Hill Plantation. The Plantation tour fee is $5 each or $3 for seniors with a South Carolina driver’s license. The tour will include the beautiful plantation house, and if all goes as expected a kitchen presentation and based on time, possibly visit to the Gist family cemetery that is located on the property. After Rose Hill, we plan to go to Dawkins Restaurant in Union, SC (buy your own lunch) and then return to McCelvey. If you would like to attend and have not already signed up, email yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com (please include your name and phone number) and we will add you to our list.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting – Thursday, October 26th, 2017  We are very fortunate to have Melinda Woodhurst, York County Veterans Affairs director as our scheduled speaker.

Stories of the Stones – Saturday, November 4th, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
The Stories of the Stones event will be at Rose Hill Cemetery, 229 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745. The date for this is Saturday, November 4, 2017 with a backup date of November 11th in case of bad weather.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting – Thursday, November 30th, 2017   We are very fortunate to have Brooke Bauer scheduled to speak on Catawba Women in a World of Transformation 1746-1840.

Our next Victorian Street Sign is Coming Soon! Our next sign will be at East Liberty Street and Garner Street in York, SC.

 The Genesis of York by William B. White Jr.
Copies are still available for this wonderful resource. The book is a brief history of the formation in 1785–1787 of the County of York, South Carolina, and also of the Village of York, together with abstracts of the first deeds to the 88 lots and 19 tracts of land shown on the village plan drawn up by Colonel William Hill, the proprietary.  Follow this link for information on how to get your copy.

-> Our 2017 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings – You are invited to join us!
Our meetings will be at the McCelvey Center at 212 E Jefferson St, York, SC, and will start at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  

2017 Meeting Dates:

Thursday, January 26 – Our banquet
Thursday, February 23
Thursday, March 30
Thursday, April 27 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 25, reception at 6:30 p.m., presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 29 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 27 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 31 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 p.m., reception following the presentation
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 a message to Debora Hutchins at yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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