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York (c. 1841; 7.9 sq. miles; population: 6,995).

 

The Latta House in historic downtown York

Welcome to the "White Rose City," whose tree-lined streets, historic homes, and warm, friendly people will make you vividly aware of the rich heritage and charm that is York, South Carolina. Originally called Fergus Crossroads, the town of Yorkville was established as the county seat in 1785.

The commercial district developed along the intersection of the stagecoach routes that formed Fergus Crossroads. Throughout the first half of the 19th century, Yorkville prospered and became a commercial and cultural center for the upcountry.

The Civil War severely disrupted commerce as well as many lives.  During Reconstruction, York became a major center for Ku Klux Klan activities, and Federal troops were stationed in the town. In the 1890's, financial stability returned with the establishment of the first cotton mills. As the town entered the 20th century, textiles became the dominant economic force, one that would continue to drive the area's economy for decades. York's distinguished history and rich architectural heritage have been preserved through concerted community effort.  Dedicated individuals and groups, such as theYorkville Historical Society, help to perpetuate the town's living history. The York Historical District is one of the largest in the United States.

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