Yorkville Historical Society

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

-> Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites Meeting on Tuesday, October 22nd at 6 p.m. at the Historical Center of York County, 210 E Jefferson St, York, SC 29745.  Please join us for this meeting about our wonderful tour.

 -> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. (note: we have an earlier meeting date because of Halloween) at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC. We are delighted that writer and photographer Bill Fitzpatrick, author of South Carolina’s Sacred Places: What They Are, Where They Are and How to Get There: The Ultimate Mobile Travel Guide to Over 600 Historic Churches, is scheduled to be our speaker.  Copies of this wonderful book will be available for sale at our meeting.

-> Stories of the Stones, the Historic Rose Hill Cemetery Tour, on Saturday, November 2nd from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  at Rose Hill Cemetery at the corner of East Liberty Street and Cemetery Street in York, SC. Tickets will be available during the tour and are only $5 per person, with children 12 and under Free.  The rain/weather date will be the next Saturday, November 9th from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Check this website in case the weather is questionable. 

During the tour, find out the answers to:

  • Which Yorkville merchant lost his 5 year old daughter to a terrible accident?
  • Who built the York Building and the Rose Hotel?
  • What York lady became the State Regent of the DAR?

Would you like to play a character or help in one of the many other volunteer positions?  If yes, just send an email to YorkvilleHistoricalSociety@gmail.com with your contact information.  This should be another fabulous tour!

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, November 21st, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. (note: we have an earlier meeting date because of Thanksgiving) at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC. We are delighted that Seth Duncan, the York City Manager will speak on what he has seen so far and what he sees for the future of York, SC.

-> Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites in the historic district of York, SC   Save the dates:  Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th,  3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. both days.

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. Our tentative dates are December 7th and 8th.

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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