Yorkville Historical Society

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

Our Next YHS Meeting

We hope you can join us for our next meeting.

Date: Thursday, September 29, 2022
Time: 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 parking lot. Enter the Parish Hall through the right-hand door that faces Trinity Street.)

Our Program: We are delighted to have John Skardon, from the York County Library Reference and Genealogy Department, as our presenter. Along with other topics, he will be speaking about the York County Library Genealogy & Family History Expo on Saturday, October 15, 2022 (more information about this wonderful event below).


More Excellent News about our Society

A message from our Yorkville Historical Society Treasurer:

Dear Yorkville Historical Society General Membership,

Just sharing more excellent news about our Society.

You may know that this year we participated in the Summerfest sale at the Church of the Good Shepherd in downtown York. Wanda Fowler, Deborra Wood, and Russell Propst volunteered to staff a table selling YHS books and signing up members. They sold over $725.00, primarily A Guide to Olde York books. What an amazing two days for our Society.

Many, many thanks to those three for an outstanding show!

BTW: Make no mistake, the YHS is on the move, and you can be a part of it by volunteering your time to work on one of our projects. Please contact our President, Missy Gray, if you want to participate in this meaningful organization. (You can reply to this email.)

Thank you.

Gene Gaulin
YHS Treasurer


York County Library Genealogy & Family History Expo
Saturday, October 15, 2022
8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Registration Required

 The YHS enthusiastically accepted the option to have a table at this event and plan to have our new tour book A Guide to Olde York and other publications available for purchase.

From John Skardon, York County Library Reference/Genealogy, MSLS Archives & Records Management:

Announcing an exciting event for all genealogists from the York County Library:

The York County Library Genealogy & Family History Expo

What: A free, all-day conference including thirteen informative presentations from professional genealogists and historians, representatives from area genealogy and historical societies, door prizes and free gifts, and a catered luncheon.

Date: Saturday, October 15, 2022
Time: 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Location: Courtyard by Marriott, 1385 Broadcloth Street, Fort Mill, SC 29715
Registration Required: Online at the YCL calendar, or by calling 803-203-9218 or 803-981-5825, or email John Skardon at john.skardon@yclibrary.org
More Information: View this flyer for additional information, including the schedule.


Historic Yorkville Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites
December 10 & 11, 2022 from 2-6 p.m.

Plans for our wonderful Tour of Homes and Sites are in progress. We are planning our tradition tour where you can go inside the sites. The ticket cost will be $15 per person.  Tickets should be available October 1 through the website and will be sold at the Yorkville Marketplace Christmas Show November 11-13, as well as the days of the Tour. In addition to the Marketplace, tickets will also be available for purchase the days of the Tour at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church. More information will be posted once it is available. We hope you can join us!


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 Dr. 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.


-> 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. Email us at yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com for information on how to get your copy.   


-> Amazon Smile – We hope you will select us as your Amazon Smile Charity

  • We have registered the Yorkville Historical Society as an Amazon Smile charity. 
  • You can use our unique charity link: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-0739481 to setup the Yorkville History Society as your charity.
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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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