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 surrounding area.
National Register of Historic Places
Great news about our McCelvey Center at 212 E. Jefferson Street, York, SC!
The McCelvey Center is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Maintained by the United States Department of the Interior National Park Service, NRHP is the official list of the nation’s historic places worthy of preservation.
Prepared by Culture & Heritage Museums’ Preservation/Restoration Specialist, Sara Johnson, and Director of Archives, Nancy Sambets, the nomination proposal outlined two criterions, architecture and education, for the National Register of Historic Places. For details follow this link.
Ice Cream Social at Moore Park
Thursday, June 29, 2023, at 7 p.m.
Bring a lawn chair along with your friends and neighbors and enjoy the music and ice cream!
We hope you can join us for this wonderful event. Scoops will be “scooping” their delicious ice cream again. As an added treat, Zach Lemhouse and crew will be providing fiddle music.
Moore Park is located at 2 Kings Mountain Street, York, SC (at the corner of Kings Mountain Street and North Congress). In case of inclement weather, we will relocate to The Church of the Good Shepherd.
Moore Park is still undergoing major renovations by the City of York, including tree removal. Further work will be done to beautify the park. Moore Park is located at 2 Kings Mountain Street, York, SC (at the corner of Kings Mountain Street and North Congress).
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 activity suggestions!
General membership meetings typically start at 7:00 pm at the Church of the Good Shepherd. Details will be posted on our website and a reminder/notice emailed to our email distribution list.
The Church of the Good Shepherd is located at 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.)
Our Currently Scheduled 2023 YHS Meetings
June 29: Ice Cream Social at 7:00 p.m. at Moore Park See details above.
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
YHS 2023 Membership Renewal
If you haven’t renewed your YHS membership for 2023, follow this link for more information on how to do that.
-> 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.
Our Email List
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The Yorkville Historical Society has no archives, genealogical records, or research staff.
A great resource for your genealogical and historical research inquiries is the Historical Center of York County. The Historical Center of York County opened in 1989 to serve as York County’s archival repository to collect and preserve information of historical importance and is located at 210 East Jefferson Street, York, SC 29745. Use this link to find out how to submit your research request to the Historical Center of York County or check our resources page for other options
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