The quaint town of York is often referred to as the “Charleston of the Upstate,” with one of the state’s largest historic districts and a downtown undergoing a resurgence of growth with café’s, theatres, restaurants, shops, businesses and festivals.
York is rich in history, enduring many wars, including the American Revolution and the Civil War. York has some of the most beautiful historic homes, churches and cemeteries, dating back as far as the 1820’s. As you arrive at the intersection of Congress and Liberty Streets, you reflect over 200 years of shared history, all of which began two centuries ago in the wagon ruts of Fergus Crossroads. This crossroads has probably witnessed the passing of more historic men than any spot in the upcountry of South Carolina and only 20 minutes from the battlegrounds of Kings Mountain.
The Historical Society holds a Christmas in Old Yorke tour annually, which invites visitors into the lovely historic homes and churches to enjoy beautifully decorated buildings. Many are well over 150 years old. York is located within 30 miles of downtown Charlotte, NC. Located within 10 miles is Brattonsville, a restored pre-civil war working plantation, open year round. King’s Mountain Battleground lies 19 miles north of York. This battle in 1780 has been recognized (after many yeas the turning point of the Revolutionary War.
Each August, the town celebrates the end of summer with Summerfest, which attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year. There are arts and crafts, concerts, an antique sale, golf tournament, art competition, moonlight bike ride, tractor show, children’s activities and much more. Summerfest is recognized as the largest one-day festival in South Carolina and in 2002 was voted the most outstanding Tourism Event/Festival in SC for a community its size.
York is also the home of the McCelvey Center, where culture and history come together. On the site of the c.1856 Yorkville Female Academy, the McCelvey Center building was constructed as a public school c. 1903 and renovated in 1922. On the site of the c. 1856 Yorkville Female Academy, the McCelvey Center building was constructed as a public school c. 1903 and renovated in 1922. McCelvey includes a 560-seat theater that is home to the Yorkville Players Theatre Group and Center Stage, an arts and entertainment program serving regional school children. McCelvey has several art-related studios and the Jane Bratton Spratt Reception Room, which is available for wedding receptions and other social functions.
Boccaccio Homes is proud to rediscover low country Southern Style in Resurging Historic York. We invite you to enjoy lazy afternoons on the porch and lively nights and weekends downtown with music, theatre, dining, art, shopping, festivals and 200 years of history.