2017 Yorkville Historical Society Meetings:
- March 30, 2017 Our speaker was Lieutenant Dale Edwards, Community Services Officer for the city of York Police Department.
- April 27, 2017 –The wonderful presentation by Zach Lemhouse and two other excellent musicians, Nash Lyle on fiddle and mandolin and Frank Tice on guitar, was based on Scot Irish folk music history and impact, and was a combination of singing and narratives.
- May 25, 2017 We were very fortunate to have Brent Holcomb, well-know genealogist, as our speaker. His topic was be research and resources.
- June 29, 2017 Mary Catherine Ward, Executive Director of the Greater York Chamber of Commerce was our speaker. She talked about the activities and plans for the chamber of commerce and how they can help other groups.
- July 27, 2017 Dan Huntley was our speaker. Dan’s topic was the history and impact of the textile era and his focus will be on the mills in the York area. Dan is a long time resident of York and was a columnist for The Charlotte Observer for a number of years.
- August 31, 2017 Paul Boger was our speaker. Paul is the President of the Museum Council of the Museum of Western York County.
- September 28 ,2017 Michael Bedenbaugh was our speaker. He is the Executive Director of Preservation South Carolina. For more information on Preservation South Carolina see their website.
- October 26, 2017 Melinda Woodhurst We were very fortunate to have Melinda Woodhurst, York County Veterans Affairs Director as our scheduled speaker. Melinda Woodhurst, a native of Lancaster, SC, retired as a Colonel after twenty-six years of military service as a Logistician in the United States Army. She talked about experiences from her career in the military and how you can accomplish goals if you want something badly enough. She was driven to serve of her county from an early age. She wanted it enough to overcome the resistance to women being in the military, social issues at that time (aversion of women in the work force) and many other barriers along the way. She was 13 during Vietnam – but seeing it on TV every day inspired her at age 14 years old to choose the military as her way to serve her country.
- November 30, 2017 Brooke Bauer was scheduled to speak on Catawba Women in a World of Transformation 1746-1840, but was unable to attend. Mayor Eddie Lee made a presentation and answered questions about current events in York, SC.
- December 6, 2018 – Christmas Parade with Yorkville Historical Society Float in downtown York, SC The Yorkville Historical Society had a float in the parade with characters in period clothing.
- December 9 & 10, 2018 Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites – This was another wonderful tour.
2017 Special Events:
- May 9, 2017 – Yorkville Historical Society Field Trip – Historic Sharon, SC We had a wonderful field trip to visit historic Sharon, SC. We visited the beautiful Hill Store, had lunch at the Sharon Grill, visited the Museum of Western York County, and as an option, toured the Woodlawn Cemetery. We met at the McCelvey Center, 212 East Jefferson Street, in York, SC at 9:30.
- October 25, 2017 – Rose Hill Plantation Field Trip We had a great a field trip to Rose Hill Plantation located at 2677 Sardis Rd, Union, SC. The tour included the beautiful plantation house and a kitchen presentation. After visiting Rose Hill Plantation we had a great lunch a Dawkins Restaurant in Union, SC.
- November 4, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m. – Stories of the Stones Rose Hill Cemetery Tour – What York doctor has sea shells scattered on his grave and what do they mean? (John May – This is a Gullah tradition for those born near the water) What York resident was known as the “Marryin’ Judge” who married over 60,000 couples? (E. Gettys Nunn) What retired York dentist, his daughter, and a friend saw a lady in a dark dress coming up his front walkway then completely vanish from sight? (A. Y. Cartwright Sr.) Volunteers told the stories of York Citizens who shaped our community. The tour took place at the gravesite, their final resting place. The tour was at Rose Hill Cemetery, 229 East Liberty Street, York, SC, 29745 on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Tickets were $5.00, with free admission for children and students grades K–12. See our flyer for more information.
2017 Special Festivals
2017 Christmas in Olde York Holiday Tour of Homes and Sites: