Yorkville Historical Society

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

Save the dates: 2019 SC Humanities Festival presented by Visit York County on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 28-30, 2019 For more details, see the information below.

-> Save the date: Our next field trip tentative date Tuesday, April 30th, 2019.

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. We are delighted to have the Honorable Bridget M. Wright as our scheduled speaker on the more than 100 year history of Wright Funeral Home.

Isaac “Bub” Wright Jr. was a master craftsman who began making caskets in the early 1900s. In 1914 he began Wright Funeral Home. A two-story building served as a funeral parlor and chapel, with an embalming room operated at the rear of the building. The second floor served as a casket making shop. Isaac Wright died in 1918, but his widow, Fannie C. Wright, continued to operate the business.

Wright Funeral Home was among the earliest black-owned businesses in York and remains family-owned after 100 years. It played an important role serving the African American community during the era of racial segregation. The Wright family also operated a grocery store, which was replaced by a modern brick funeral home in 1985. In 1998, the original funeral home building was repurposed as the Alice Wright Smith Historical Museum.

More information is available here: http://www.wrightfuneralhomesc.com/about/about.php

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, March 21st 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. We are delighted that Sara Johnson, Preservation/Restoration Specialist at Historic Brattonsville/Culture & Heritage Museums, is scheduled to speak on upcoming enhancements/plans for the McCelvey Center.

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/

2019 SC Humanities Festival Special Event: Walking Tours in the York Historic District on Friday, March 29, 2019   The Yorkville Historical Society is offering both self-guided & guided tours of the wonderful York Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. All tours will start from the lobby at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, York SC 29745 at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 29th. Pre-register on line by sending an email to YorkvilleHistoricalSociety@gmail.com or call the Greater York Chamber of Commerce at 803.684.2590. Be sure to let us know if you are registering for the self-guided or the guided tour.  Your pre-registration will let us know how many guides we need and handouts to prepare.

Lake Wylie Today Magazine – The Yorkville Historical Society and our Christmas Tour are featured in Lake Wylie Today Magazine. The magazines arrived at the Greater York Chamber of Commerce, 23 E Liberty St, York, SC 29745, (803) 684-2590. Everyone is invited to drop by on weekdays during regular business hours to pick up a copy.

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.

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