Our upcoming events are listed on our home page. See the information below about many of our past events.
2018 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings:
- January 25th, 2018 – Yorkville Historical Society Banquet – This was another wonderful banquet.
- February 22nd, 2018 We were very fortunate to have Dr. Brooke Bauer as the scheduled speaker for our meeting. Dr. Brooke Bauer is an assistant professor at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Her project, “Being Catawba: The World of Sally New River, 1746-1840,” examined the history of the Catawba Indian Nation by concentrating on how Catawba women of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries created, promoted, and preserved a Catawba identity through kinship, land ownership, and economic productivity.
- March 29th, 2018 Jason Broadwater gave an update on the strategic plan being developed by the Economic Development Corporation for York, SC.
- April 26th, 2018 We were very fortunate to have a genealogy presentation and question and answer session from John Skardon from the Rock Hill Library that included information about the fabulous resources for genealogy research are available from York County Libraries and great tips on genealogy research.
- May 31st, 2018 We were delighted to have Mary Poole as our speaker. Mary has been working in the field of intellectual disabilities longer than she would care to mention. Starting as a volunteer in her youth, Mary started her professional career as a third shift weekend direct care staff at the Fountain Inn Community Residence in the upstate of South Carolina. Mary has been a Case Management Director, a Residential Director and a Day Program Director at various agencies in South Carolina. Mary is the current Executive Director of MaxAbilities of York County. She has a BS in Sociology and a MA in Business Management. However, she will tell you that her biggest accomplishment is her family. She has been married to Richard for 40 years and is the very proud mom of ten including five adopted children and 3 grandchildren.
- June 28th, 2018 We were fortunate to have historian Michael C. Scoggins as our speaker. His presentation was on the industrialization of York County and will included information about the textile industry, as well as the iron industry, railroads, etc.
2017 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings:
- March 30th, 2017 Our speaker was Lieutenant Dale Edwards, Community Services Officer for the city of York Police Department.
- April 27th, 2017 –The wonderful presentation by Zach Lemhouse and two other excellent musicians, Nash Lyle on fiddle and mandolin and Frank Tice on guitar, was based on Scot Irish folk music history and impact, and was a combination of singing and narratives.
- May 25th, 2017 We were very fortunate to have Brent Holcomb, well-know genealogist, as our speaker. His topic was be research and resources.
- June 29th, 2017 Mary Catherine Ward, Executive Director of the Greater York Chamber of Commerce was our speaker. She talked about the activities and plans for the chamber of commerce and how they can help other groups.
- July 27th, 2017 Dan Huntley was our speaker. Dan’s topic was the history and impact of the textile era and his focus will be on the mills in the York area. Dan is a long time resident of York and was a columnist for The Charlotte Observer for a number of years.
- August 31th, 2017 Paul Boger was our speaker. Paul is the President of the Museum Council of the Museum of Western York County.
- September 28th ,2017 Michael Bedenbaugh was our speaker. He is the Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina. For more information on Preservation South Carolina see their website.
- October 26, 2017 Melinda Woodhurst We were very fortunate to have Melinda Woodhurst, York County Veterans Affairs Director as our scheduled speaker. Melinda Woodhurst, a native of Lancaster, SC, retired as a Colonel after twenty-six years of military service as a Logistician in the United States Army. She talked about experiences from her career in the military and how you can accomplish goals if you want something badly enough. She was driven to serve of her county from an early age. She wanted it enough to overcome the resistance to women being in the military, social issues at that time (aversion of women in the work force) and many other barriers along the way. She was 13 during Vietnam – but seeing it on TV every day inspired her at age 14 years old to choose the military as her way to serve her country.
- November 30th, 2017 Brooke Bauer was scheduled to speak on Catawba Women in a World of Transformation 1746-1840, but was unable to attend. Mayor Eddie Lee made a presentation and answered questions about current events in York, SC.
- December 6th, 2018 – Christmas Parade with Yorkville Historical Society Float in downtown York, SC The Yorkville Historical Society had a float in the parade with characters in period clothing.
- December 9th & 10th, 2018 Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites – This was another wonderful tour.
Previous Field Trips:
- May 9th, 2017 – Yorkville Historical Society Field Trip – Historic Sharon, SC We had a wonderful field trip to visit historic Sharon, SC. We visited the beautiful Hill Store, had lunch at the Sharon Grill, visited the Museum of Western York County, and as an option, toured the Woodlawn Cemetery. We met at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, in York, SC at 9:30.
- October 25, 2017 – Rose Hill Plantation Field Trip We had a great a field trip to Rose Hill Plantation located at 2677 Sardis Rd, Union, SC. The tour included the beautiful plantation house and a kitchen presentation. After visiting Rose Hill Plantation we had a great lunch a Dawkins Restaurant in Union, SC.
- May 22, 2018 – Walnut Grove Plantation Field Trip This was a great field trip to Walnut Grove Plantation, 1200 Otts Shoals Road, Roebuck, SC (near Spartanburg). There was a guided tour of the plantation, lunch delivered from Bubba’s Barbeque, and a presentation about the folk tales of the times.
Previous Stories of the Stones Cemetery Tours:
- Saturday, November 4th, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Stories of the Stones Rose Hill Cemetery Tour – What York doctor has sea shells scattered on his grave and what do they mean? (John May – This is a Gullah tradition for those born near the water) What York resident was known as the “Marryin’ Judge” who married over 60,000 couples? (E. Gettys Nunn) What retired York dentist, his daughter, and a friend saw a lady in a dark dress coming up his front walkway then completely vanish from sight? (A. Y. Cartwright Sr.) Volunteers told the stories of York Citizens who shaped our community. The tour took place at the gravesite, their final resting place. The tour was at Rose Hill Cemetery, 229 East Liberty Street, York, SC, 29745 on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Tickets were $5.00, with free admission for children and students grades K–12. See our flyer for more information.
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