York County lies within the Olde English region of South Carolina. The county and its seat are named in honor of York County, Pennsylvania.

Catawba Indians initially inhabited the region before they ceded control of the area to the United States via treaty in 1763. After this treaty was signed, a great number of Scotch-Irish from both Pennsylvania and the South Carolina Lowcountry began to settle the area.

The county was founded in 1785 within the Camden District. It later belonged to the Pinckney District before becoming its own district. During the Revolutionary War, the battles of Williamson’s Plantation and King’s Mountain took place here.

Initially, the economy relied on small cotton farms. However, over time the economy transitioned from cotton farming to cotton processing and became dependent on the textile industry.

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About the Catawba Nation | Let's Go!
About the Catawba Nation | Let's Go!

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The Catawba Indian Nation is the only federally recognized reservation in the state of South Carolina. The Catawba people have lived in the Piedmont region for over six thousand years, and today...
The Catawba  Cultural Center | Let's Go!
The Catawba Cultural Center | Let's Go!

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At the Catawba Cultural Center visitors can learn about many important aspects of the traditions of the Catawba people. The museum includes various displays on the tribe's important chiefs, the unique...
3D VR - Catawba Cultural Center | Let's Go!
3D VR - Catawba Cultural Center | Let's Go!

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The mission of the Catawba Cultural Center is to preserve, protect, promote and maintain the rich cultural heritage of the Catawba Indian Nation through efforts in archives, archeology, tribal...
Catawba Pottery | South Carolina Public Radio
Catawba Pottery | South Carolina Public Radio

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"C" is for Catawba Pottery. Among the Catawba Indians in present-day York County, an unbroken chain of pottery production has helped preserve a cultural identity that was nearly lost after European...
Mary Anna Richbourg - Glass Artist | 27:Fifty
Mary Anna Richbourg - Glass Artist | 27:Fifty

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Mary Anna Richbourg is a local artist residing in Rock Hill, South Carolina. She makes art and jewelry out of multi-colored glass, and trinkets. She talks about her inspirations for creating these...
Henry's Knob | 27:Fifty
Henry's Knob | 27:Fifty

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Producer Brady Brandwood, of York County, South Carolina, believes there is beauty to be found in an abandoned strip mine. Henry’s Knob has experienced environmental changes over the years, and those...