Yorkville Historical Society

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

-> Our 2021 meetings are currently suspended  due to the corona virus. We hope we will be able to restart our meetings in 2022.


Sadler Store Historical Marker Dedication
Thursday, December 9, 2021

The Sadler Store Historical Marker Dedication will be on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. at the Sadler Store, 405 South Congress Street, York, SC 29745. We hope you can join us for this wonderful event.

This is the text from the marker: This brick-veneered, wood frame building was built in 1927 as a country store opened by William Sadler (1865-1930). An African American businessman, Sadler had managed farmland and another store in McConnells, S.C., before opening the Sadler Store here on the outskirts of York in one of the town’s predominantly black neighborhoods. The adjacent one-story house was built at the same time as the store and served as Sadler’s second family home. Upon Sadler’s death, his daughter Mary “Mamie” Sadler Crawford (1899-1992) took over the store, managing it until the 1960s. She renamed it “Crawford’s” and added a lunch counter. It was one of York’s only black-owned businesses and a well-known gathering place for local African Americans and those traveling between Charlotte and Columbia. Crawford’s daughter, Mae Crawford Williams, kept the store open until 1997. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.


Decorated Homes and Sites
Beautiful Historic York, SC
December 2021

This will not be a tour where you can go inside the sites.
This will be a driving or walking tour, outside only.
No ticket is required (so no charge for this tour).

Although the Yorkville Historical Society is unable to have our holiday tour of historical homes and sites where visitors can go in the magnificent sites, we welcome visitors to York in December to see beautifully decorated exteriors of homes and sites. There will be beautiful lights, garlands, wreaths, bows, greenery, and other personal touches. Luminarias will be lit on Saturday evenings throughout the month of December at many of the homes.


-> A Guide to Olde York:  The White Rose Tour –  Our wonderful tour book has arrived!  Follow this link to find out how to get your 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. This book may be available at Books-4-Ewe Used & Rare Books, 15 N Congress St, York, SC 29745   (860) 940-9551


-> 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. This book may be available at Books-4-Ewe Used & Rare Books, 15 N Congress St, York, SC 29745   (860) 940-9551  Follow this link for other information on how to get your copy.   

-> Amazon Smile  We have registered the Yorkville Historical Society as an Amazon Smile charity.  Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible smile.amazon.com purchases to the charities selected by customers, and we hope you will select the Yorkville Historical Society. Our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0739481

-> Yorkville Historical Society Meetings are currently suspended – Our meetings are usually at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745  frequently on the last Thursday of the month, starting at 7:00 p.m.

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The Yorkville Historical Society has no archives, genealogical records, or research staff.  If you have a research request, you may want to contact The Historical Center of York County historicalcenter@chmuseums.org or check our resources page.

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