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 later in 2021.

-> Meet the Authors of our new tour book – York Library Program Saturday, September 18 at 11 a.m.: This program will be at the York Library at 21 E Liberty Street, York, SC 29745. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet the authors and hear a presentation about our wonderful new tour book A Guide to Olde York The White Rose Tour.  See the library’s event website for more details. (This is a recently scheduled program, and if you don’t see it on the library website, check back in a few days)


-> YHS Quilt Show August 27th and 28th, 2021   The YHS is excited to be sponsoring a non-judged quilt show as part of Summerfest 2021! We will be showing Antique/Vintage quilts dating from 1869 as well as contemporary quilts of all styles. 

The event will be held at:
The Church of the Good Shepherd
108 East Liberty Street, York, SC
Time:  9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

If you have a quilt you would like to share for the event we would love to add it! The entry forms are available on-line; please fill out one Quilt Entry form and one Quilt Pickup/Drop-off form per quilt entry.  Entries are due by August 18 and limited to the first 60 quilts entered.  Subsequent entries after the 18th will be taken as space is available.

Quilt Drop-Off August 26 12:00p.m. -5:00 p.m. of by prior arrangement by contacting Missy Gray.  Contact information is listed on entry forms. 

So whether you would like to show a quilt or just see the beautiful quilts to be displayed we invite you to join us!


-> 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.


-> 2020 Holiday Tour of Historic Homes and Sites Alternative – Exteriors of Decorated Homes and Sites in Beautiful Historic York, SC on the weekends in December 2020 – This was a wonderful event. If you want to see pictures of some of the beautiful sites, follow the links below.


-> Moore Park Sign – Another wonderful Yorkville Historical Project   This updated sign was put in place in April of 2020 at Moore Park on the corner of Kings Mountain Street and North Congress. 

Welcome to Moore Park
A Project of
The Yorkville
Historical Society
The Clean Community
Sign updated in 2020
In memory of Robert Scott Hollis
1962 – 2019


-> 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.   

-> 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.

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

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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