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.

Our Next Meeting Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Date and Time: Thursday, March 30, 2023, at 7:00 p.m.

Location: 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.)

Program: Our new City Manager, Mr. Dalton Pierce will be joining us to speak as well as answer questions that our members may have for him.

We hope you can join us!

2023 YHS Meetings

Our General Membership meetings will be held every other month with activities being planned in the off months. The activity may be a field trip, an opportunity to volunteer on a project, or a cookout event/block party/York History Trivia night get-together. We’re in planning stages and are certainly open to suggestions!

General membership meetings typically start at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745. Details will be posted on our website and a reminder/notice emailed to our email distribution list.

Our Currently Scheduled 2023 YHS Meetings

February 16: Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at C.O.G.S.

March 30: General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Board Meeting at C.O.G.S.)

April 27: Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at C.O.G.S.

May 25: General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Board Meeting at C.O.G.S.)

June 29: Ice Cream Social at 7:00 p.m. at Moore Park (5:45 p.m. Board Meeting at C.O.G.S.) In case of inclement weather, the Ice Cream Social will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd.

July and August: No Meetings

September 28: General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Board Meeting at C.O.G.S.)

October 26: Board Meeting at 6:00 p.m. at C.O.G.S.

November 30: General Membership Meeting at 7:00 p.m. (5:45 p.m. Board Meeting at C.O.G.S.)

Save the Dates:

For your advance planning purposes:

The Stories of the Stones will be held November 4, 2023

The Historic Yorkville Holiday Home Tour will be held December 9&10, 2023

We will need volunteers for both events!

We look forward to seeing you and starting our new year working together!


YHS 2023 Membership Renewal

Have you been looking forward to renewing your YHS membership for 2023?  If yes, great news, it is a good time to renew.  Follow this link for more information.


-> 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 [email protected] 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.


Our Email List

If you would like to be added to our email distribution list, send a message to [email protected].

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 [email protected] or check our resources page.


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