York in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
This brick-veneered, wood frame building was built in 1927 as a country store opened by William Sadler (1865-1930). An African American businessman, Sadler had managed farmland and another store in McConnells, S.C., before opening the Sadler Store here on the outskirts of York in one of the town's predominantly black neighborhoods. The adjacent one-story house was built at the same time as the store and served as Sadler's second family home.
Upon Sadler's death, his daughter Mary "Mamie" Sadler Crawford (1899-1992) took over the store, managing it until the 1960s. She renamed it "Crawford's" and added a lunch counter. It was one of York's only black-owned businesses and a well-known gathering place for local African Americans and those traveling between Charlotte and Columbia. Crawford’s daughter, Mae Crawford Williams, kept the store open until 1997. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2017.
Erected 2020 by Yorkville Historical Society and WEGOJA Foundation. (Marker Number 46-73.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans Industry & Commerce • Notable Buildings • Women. In addition, it is included in the South Carolina, York County Historical Commission series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1927.
Location. 34° 59.246′ N, 81° 14.779′ W. Marker is in York, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of South Congress Street (Business U.S. 321) and Sharon Road (Pinckney Street) (State Highway 49), on the right when traveling north on South Congress Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 405 South Congress Street, York SC 29745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Barnett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1945 / Bennett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1938 (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bratton House Site / Jefferson Davis's Flight (approx. half a mile away); York County Courthouses (approx. half a mile away); York County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Trinity M. E. Church, South (approx. half a mile away); Historic York (approx. half a mile away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. half a mile away); York County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
Regarding Sadler Store. National Register of Historic Places #100001749.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 26, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 113 times this year. Last updated on September 13, 2022, by Deborra Wood of York, South Carolina. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on April 26, 2022, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.