Our upcoming events are listed on our home page. See the information below about many of our past events.
2022 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings:
- March 31, 2022 John Love spoke about the history of the YHS and its accomplishments at our meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745.
- April 28, 2022 Russell Propst made a wonderful presentation about our fabulous tour book at our meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745.
- May 26, 2022 Zachary Lemhouse, Historian with the Culture and Heritage Museums, gave an update on current happenings at the four York County Museums. This meeting was at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745.
2022 Yorkville Historical Society Other Events:
- Juneteenth Celebration June 17, 2022, This wonderful event was held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC 29745. This event included a delicious catered dinner, music by Common Ground Jazz Band, performances by Shape Note Singers of Hickory Grove and premier food service by Just Wright Catering. This event was free to the community. Reservations were required, and all available reservations were taken.
- YHS Quilt Show, August 27 and 28, 2021 We were excited to sponsor a non-judged quilt show as part of Summerfest 2021. We had more than 40 quilts for this show, including Antique/Vintage quilts dating from 1869 as well as contemporary quilts. This event was held at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 108 East Liberty Street, York, SC from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. both days.
- Decorated Homes and Sites in Beautiful Historic York, SC during weekends in December – We welcomed visitors to York in December to see beautifully decorated exteriors of homes and sites. There were beautiful lights, garlands, wreaths, bows, greenery, and other personal touches. Luminarias were lit on Saturday evenings throughout the month of December at many of the homes.
2020 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings:
- January 30, 2020 Our banquet was held at First Presbyterian Church, 10 West Liberty Street, York, SC
- February 27, 2020 We were delighted that Strauss Moore Shiple was our speaker. Along with having a long list of accomplishments and community involvement projects, Strauss is the York County representative to the South Carolina African American Heritage Commission, and her presentation focused on the mission of that organization. Web sites: http://scaaheritagefound.org //greenbookofsc.com
- ***** Canceled ***** March 26, 2020 John Shiflet was scheduled to speak about the history of and the future plans for York Place.
2020 Yorkville Historical Society Other Events:
- York Tour March 12, 2020 by the Rock Hill Garden Club From our excellent tour guide Russell Propst: The Rock Hill Garden Club arranged for a roughly 1-hour York Tour on March 12, 2020. 14 members attended. The tour centered at the granite monument on the corner of Liberty and Congress Streets. The tour was also a preview of the new book A Guide to Olde York, coming April 20, 2020. It included Catawba and Cherokee use of the area, prehistoric Indian paths that are now city streets, and the staunch alliance of Catawba warriors with York County settlers and Patriot forces in South Carolina. We learned of the invention of Guerrilla warfare in our area, the first known training in Guerrilla war, and where it occurred in York County. We talked about the area’s importance in the Revolutionary War, viewed a map of the 50 battles and events in the area that were key in winning the war, and events at the crossroads that became York’s square. We explained the people listed on the granite marker. We described how York County and York City were born and saw copies of the 1786 Village Plan for Yorkville. We saw the oldest lots at the square, and the oldest buildings near the square – – including the 1828 County Jail, 1828 Latta House, 1829 Moore House, and 1839 Bratton Building. We talked about the first courthouse and jail buildings in 1786, and the fourth courthouse we have today. We talked about famous architects that designed buildings near the square – – and pointed out the types of architecture you can see at the square, as shown on pictures we displayed. We noted where Jefferson Davis and his cabinet stayed as they fled Richmond at the end of the Civil War. We talked about Reconstruction, when York County residents in Ebenezer, Sharon, Bullock Creek, the area north of York and elsewhere drove events that brought the U.S Army to York to restore order – – and the building where they set up state and county headquarters. We saw the building where Klan meetings were held by the leader of the 45 dens throughout York County. We closed the tour by talking about the Circus Days in York, and where the Lone Ranger tied up Silver and tied one on. We stood where Santa rode by riding Big Alice, the 7400-lb elephant.
- Christmas in Old York during the weekends in December 2020
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