Yorkville Historical Society

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

  -> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, July 25th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. Donna Wylie is scheduled to make presentation about her book, Dark Corner of War, a biography of Charles Sumpter Wylie. Donna Wylie, the niece of Charles Sumpter Wylie, honors her uncle’s legacy with this in-depth biography of his childhood, adolescence, and participation in World War II. She combines historical research, government correspondence, and documents along with family stories and interviews with relatives.  The heart of the book is Sumpter’s letters that he wrote home while overseas in the Pacific Theater. Also included within the biography are the return letters written by his sister, Martha, and mother, Cora.

Donna Wylie is a native of Charlotte, NC who now makes her home in Clover, SC, near Lake Wylie. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1977 and a Master’s degree in Human Development and Learning in 1980 from UNC-Charlotte. Donna is an active member of the SC Writers Association (SCWA) since 2001. She has taken leadership roles in the Rock Hill chapter of SCWA and the Rock Hill Luncheon Literary Society.

Donna will bring memorabilia and copies of her book.

 -> Yorkville Historical Society Meeting on Thursday, August 29th, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the McCelvey Center at 212 East Jefferson St, York, SC. Our scheduled speaker is Carey Tilley, executive director of the Culture and Heritage Museums.  His presentation will be about Historic Brattonsville projects and the history of the Brick House, which will be under restoration at the time.

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.   


-> Our Yorkville Historical Society Meetings – You are invited to join us!
Our meetings will be at the McCelvey Center at 212 E Jefferson St, York, SC, and will start at 6:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted.  

2019 Meeting Dates:
Thursday, January 31  Our Banquet!   Meeting Time is 6:00 p.m. instead of the usual 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, February 28
Thursday, March 21* (moved to this date because of the Humanities Festival)
Thursday, April 25
Thursday, May 30
Thursday, June 27
Thursday, July 25
Thursday, August 29
Thursday, September 26
Thursday, October 24*   (since  October 31 is Halloween)
Thursday, November 21* (since November 28th is Thanksgiving Day)
December – No Meeting – Our wonderful Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites. Our tentative dates are December 7th and 8th.

If you have any questions or would like an email reminder of our meetings send a message to yorkvillehistoricalsociety@gmail.com.

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