York County Is the Gateway to History

Jerry Blackwelder

When the first Scotch-Irish settlers arrived in today’s York County, SC area in the 1750s they found an area populated primarily by Catawba Indians. They established an agrarian lifestyle and played a major role in two Revolutionary War battles.

Dating from pre-Colonial times, York County is rich with American history at every turn.  Museums and historic buildings cover the landscape. Here’s just a sampling of what your students might experience in a field trip visit to York County.

Historic Brattonsville, McConnells, SC

Learn how people farmed the land, cooked their food and entertained in the 1800s on a 775-acre Revolutionary War living history site. Each Saturday during African American History Month, special cooking demonstrations and living history tours will demonstrate the lives of slaves working at Brattonsville. 

Kings Mountain National Military Park, Blacksburg, SC

The 1780 Battle of Kings Mountain literally changed the course of history as 900 patriots crushed the British loyalists in a decisive battle that turned the tide of the War. The park offers a 1.5 mile battlefield trail along with an instructional film and battlefield artifacts.

Main Street Children’s Museum, Rock Hill, SC

At the Main Street Children’s Museum your young students can play make believe in the pumpkin house, climb the tree house and sail on a magic ship. The museum was inspired by the artwork of Vernon Grant, a well-known American Illustrator from Rock Hill. 

Friendship Nine Lunch Counter at the Five and Dime, Rock Hill, SC

Your students can actually enjoy lunch in this historic venue where nine local African American college students staged a sit-in in 1961, helping spread the Civil Rights movement in Rock Hill. The Friendship Nine were jailed after their protest.

Want to Go?
Log on to www.visityorkcounty.com or call (803) 329-5200.

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