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 Meeting on Thursday, September 27th, 2018 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. We are fortunate to have Nancy Sambets as our scheduled speaker. She will give a fascinating 45 minute power point presentation about the Circus Days in York. We will find out why the Barnett Brothers Circus made York its winter quarters and how the Bennett Brothers Circus got started.

Nancy Sambets received her BA in History from the College of Charleston and her Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of South Carolina. She has worked at the Berkeley Museum, Old Santee Canal State Park and Andrew Jackson State Park. She is currently the Director of Archives at the Historical Center of York County under the Culture & Heritage Museums. She wrote a monthly column in YC Magazine from 2004 to 2017 and in 2007 coauthored the book “Images of America: York”. She has also provided research and documentation for the South Carolina State Historical Markers on the Yorkville Female College, the Barnett Brothers circus, and the York County Courthouse.

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.

Special Class “What to Do” – Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 12:00 at Liberty Baptist Church, 410 Blessed Hope Road, York, SC. Lt. Dale Edwards with the York Police Department is holding a very important class on “What to Do” in the event of a violent situation, including and especially gun violence. This class is the complete course, not an abbreviated version. The church is large so there should be ample seating.

-> Yorkville Christmas Tour Meeting –  Tuesday, September 25th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E Liberty St, York, SC 29745  (please note new meeting location)

Yorkville Literary Festival – October 5th–6th, 2018  at various locations in York, SC. The First Annual Yorkville Literary Festival will be held in Downtown York the weekend of October 5-6, 2018. The Festival will include author presentations in various business venues on Congress Street, street performers, workshops, and featured speakers. This family friendly event will launch a community wide “Reading Initiative,” designed to encourage families and children to read more. The event is co-sponsored by the City of York. For more details see information on Facebook and follow this link.

-> Yorkville Christmas Tour Meeting –  Thursday, October 11th, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. in room 206 at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, 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 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.  

2018 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 25th – Our Banquet!
Thursday, February 22nd
Thursday, March 29th
Thursday, April 26th
Thursday, May 31st
Thursday, June 28th
Thursday, July 26th – Our First Ice Cream Social
Thursday, August 30th
Thursday, September 27th
Thursday, October 25th
Thursday, November 29th
December – No meeting. We will have our wonderful Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites Saturday and Sunday December 8th and 9th.

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

See more information on our Facebook page.

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