Yorkville Historical Society

The Yorkville Historical Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1978 to foster and promote historical preservation and restoration in the city of York, SC, and its environs.

Historic Yorkville Holiday Home Tour 2022
Tour dates and times: December 10 & 11 from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

We will be hosting our annual holiday tour in the beautiful Historic District of York, SC. This favorite tradition showcases private homes and a church lovingly decorated for the holidays. This will be our traditional tour where you can go inside the sites. Follow this link for details.

In case of inclement weather, updates will be posted here.

Our Next YHS Meeting

Our next membership meeting is currently scheduled for January 2023.  Details will be posted here once they are available. We hope you can join us.

Our meetings are usually on the last Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745. (From East Liberty Street, turn onto Trinity Street. Turn left into the parking lot. Enter the Parish Hall through the right-hand door that faces Trinity Street.)


-> 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 each at the Historical Center of York County 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. Email us at yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com for information on how to get your copy.   


New Victorian Street Signs

Dear Friends of the Yorkville Historical Society,

Have you noticed the new Victorian Street Signs that are installed in the historic district? They are located at South Congress Street / California Street, South Congress Street / Hudson Street, Kings Mountain Street / Broad Street, and King Mountain Street / Hillside Drive. An additional sign will be installed at North Congress Street / Blackburn Street.

The signs are provided by the Yorkville Historical Society (YHS) in close partnership with the City of York. The City and a private donor made funds available to the YHS to pay for the signs. YHS is deeply appreciative to the York City Council, who continues to support YHS activities in the historic district.

If you have not joined the Yorkville Historical Society, then you might want to consider it. YHS is dedicated to preserving the history and charm of our residences and buildings and providing education of the history of York. Please see information on our website to learn all the important and exciting activities of the YHS and how to become a member.


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  • We have registered the Yorkville Historical Society as an Amazon Smile charity. 
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Our Email List

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list, send a message to yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

Research Requests

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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