Yorkville Historical Society

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

-> Yorkville Historical Society Free Guided and Self-Guided Tours March 29th, 2019  as part of the Humanities Festival The Yorkville Historical Society is offering both guided and self-guided tours of the wonderful York Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  Use this link for a helpful map.  

Pre-register for Guided and Self-Guided Tours:  Your pre-registration will let us know how many guides we need and handouts to prepare.  

You can pre-register by:

       -> Be Sure to check this website for updates and changes on the tours

Guided Walking Tours are on Friday, March 29th, 2019 and will start at 3 p.m., with an additional 4 p.m. Rose Hill Cemetery Tour  Use this link for a printable details.

  • Tour 1: Rose Hill Cemetery – 229 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745 – Park at the cemetery. Join Jan Ramsey and Mary Montgomery as they walk you through this historic cemetery. They will tell you about York citizens who helped shape our community.  Register for the 3 p.m. or 4 p.m. tour.  
  • Tour 2: College and East Liberty Street Houses Tour – Starts and ends at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC, 29745. Gary and Paulajo Gross, East Liberty residents, will lead you as they walk through this historic neighborhood of College and East Liberty Streets. You will explore the different architecture styles such as Greek Revival, Gothic Revival, Tuscan Villa, Folk Victorian, Queen Anne, and Colonial Revival and learn about former owners and the stories associated with some of these beautiful homes.
  • Tour 3: Olde Downtown York Tour starts and ends at the McCelvey Center – 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. Russell Propst and Chloe Jones will lead you down Jefferson Street to visit the old Circus Winter Quarters. A few of the other places you will see are Rose’s Hotel, the old Latta house, renovated York County Courthouse, and old jail on South Congress Street. You will learn about the Indian trails and militia paths that became streets and the location of the mule race track among other things. The tour will continue down East Liberty Street.

Self-Guided Tours  Tour materials can be picked up on Friday, March 29th from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC 29745. Visitors can walk these tours whenever they choose on Friday or return on Saturday.  There will be someone available at the McCelvey Center to answer questions on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Historical Markers and Monuments Tour
  • Architecture Sampler Tour
  • Historic Churches, Cemeteries, Schools, and Hospital Tour
  • African-American Heritage Tour

2019 SC Humanities Festival presented by Visit York County on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28-30, 2019  For more information follow this link:  https://schumanities.org/annualevents/humanitiesfestival/ 0r see the Flyer: front page   back page

Presentations and Events at the McCelvey Center on Friday March 29th at 212 E. Jefferson St., York, SC 29745 in York:

  • Architectural and Building Traditions of the Carolina Piedmont on Friday, March 29th from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Lowry Family Theater in the McCelvey Center   This should be a very interesting presentation by Joseph C. Mester, Culture & Heritage Museums’ historic preservation manager, who will talk about the architectural and building traditions of the Carolina Piedmont from its settlement in the mid-eighteenth century to the eve of the American Civil War.
  • Highlights of the years when the Barnett Bros. Circus quarters were in York from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lowry Family Theater in the McCelvey Center The fabulous Nancy Sambets, Culture & Heritage Museums’ director of archives, highlights the years when the Barnett Bros. Circus quarters were in York.
  • Fireside Chat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. From 1930-1945, President Franklin Roosevelt conducted 30 speeches that were broadcast over the radio, referred to as “Fireside Chats”, as a way to communicate with the American people. Using objects from Culture & Heritage Museums’ permanent collection, including a local newspaper with a headline about the attack on Pearl Harbor, the display sets the scene of a 1940s living room in York County with a fireside chat playing through the radio
  • Visual History Exhibit + Meet & Greet Artists from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. An exhibition of original works of art commissioned by Culture & Heritage Museums tells the story of the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. Meet & Greet the artists: Kelly

SC Humanities Festival Presentation by Eddie Lee at Winthrop:  Along The Great Wagon Road: The Settling of the Carolina Back Country on Friday, March 29th at 11 a.m. at Winthrop University’s Little Chapel. This should be a great presentation by Winthrop Professor Eddie Lee.

North Carolina-South Carolina Boundary Line Disputes, 1737-2013 Sunday, March 31, 2019  3:00 p.m. at the sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church, 10 West Liberty Street, York, SC   Speaker:  Dennis Amos  Why has York County been part of North & South Carolina?  When did the area change states? Why have there been continued border disputes? This event is free and open to the public and sponsored by the York County Genealogical Historical Society.

South Carolina African American Heritage Commission Gala Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the South Carolina Department of Archives and History,8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223 Internationally renowned playwright and director Charles Randolph-Wright, a native of York, South Carolina is the keynote speaker. The event is black-tie optional with a reception featuring the culinary offerings of restaurants and caterers, including cookies made by Wally Amos the Cookie Man.  For more information or to purchase tickets follow this link.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Tour Book Meeting Tuesday, April 16th at 5:30 p.m. at the Historical Center at 210 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745.  Tour book publishing options, etc. will be reviewed at this meeting.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, April 25th 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. Information coming soon on our speaker.

-> Xmas Tour Review Meeting Monday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 23 E Liberty St, York, SC 29745.  

-> Field Trip – Our next field trip will probably be sometime in late April, 2019.

Mill Village Memories, written by Becky Wells Bradley in 2003  This wonderful book is about living in the Cannon Mill Village in the 1940s through the 1980s. The book is available for $15.00 each at the York County Historical Center at 210 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. For more information on the historical center including hours follow this link. To receive a copy by mail, please mail a check for $20 ($15 + $5 for shipping and handling) to YHS, PO Box 1122, York, SC 29745. The printing of this book is a project of the Yorkville Historical Society.

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 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.  

2019 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 31  Our Banquet!   Meeting Time is 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 21* (moved to this date because of the Humanities Festival)
Thursday, April 25
Thursday, May 30
Thursday, June 27
Thursday, July 25
Thursday, August 29
Thursday, September 26
Thursday, October 24*   (since  October 31 is Halloween)
Thursday, November 21* (since November 28th is Thanksgiving Day)
December – No Meeting – Our wonderful Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites

If you have any questions or would like an email reminder of our meetings send a message to yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

See more information on our Facebook page.



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