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Historic York

 
 
Historic York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
1. Historic York Marker
Inscription.
Through this intersection originally called Fergus Crossroads have passed
General Thomas Sumter - The Gamecock
General Daniel Morgan - Hero of Cowpens
Lord Cornwallis - British Comdr at Yorktown
Col. Banastre Tarleton - British Comdr at Cowpens
William Gilmore Simms - S.C. Author & Historian
General Micah Jenkins- C.S.A.
President Jefferson Davis and
the Confederate Cabinet in 1865
General & Governor Wade Hampton


This corner has probably witnesed the passing of more historic men than any spot in the up country of South Carolina.
 
Erected 1960 by York County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 34° 59.646′ N, 81° 14.525′ W. Marker is in York, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is at the intersection of W. Liberty Street (State Highway 5) and S. Congress Street (U.S. 321), on the left when traveling west on W. Liberty Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: York SC 29745, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. York County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Bratton House Site / Jefferson Davis's Flight
Historic York Marker image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
2. Historic York Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Trinity M. E. Church, South (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Town of Yorkville / Town of York (about 600 feet away); Barnett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1945 / Bennett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1938 (approx. 0.2 miles away); York County Confederate Monument (approx. 0.4 miles away); David E. Finley Birthplace (approx. 0.4 miles away); King's Mountain Military Academy Site / Micah Jenkins (approx. 0.7 miles away); King's Mountain Battleground (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
 
Regarding Historic York. The town of York was originally known as Fergus’s Crossroads for a tavern, owned by two brothers, William and John Fergus, that was located at the intersection of the road from Rutherfordton to Camden and the road from Charlottesburg (Charlotte) to Augusta. When the county of York was established in 1785, the state statute required each county to erect a courthouse and public buildings in the most convenient part of the county, with a tax levied
York County Court House image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
3. York County Court House
This marker is in the Court yard. From the National Register nomination form: "The façade features a colossal Ionic tetrastyle portico, projecting from a three-bay entrance pavilion on the five-bay elevation. The portico is of stone as are the entablature and the basement story. The cornice is raked into a pediment, which features a central recessed medallion, with flanking triangular recesses, in its tympanum."
to cover the cost of "building the court houses, prisons, pillories, whipping posts and stocks." Fergus’s Crossroads was near the geographic center of the newly formed county and was chosen for the site of the new county seat.
 
Also see . . .
1. Area Information of Western York County. (Submitted on September 9, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.)
2. York County Courthouse. The York County Courthouse, built in 1914, is an historic courthouse located at West Liberty and South Congress streets in the city of York in York County, South Carolina. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

3. York County Courthouse. York County Courthouse is significant as a courthouse design of prominent architect William Augustus Edwards. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. York Historic District. The York Historic District consists of approximately 180 contributing properties located in the significant downtown commercial and residential areas of the town of York. (Submitted on February 2, 2010, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
Categories. Colonial EraSettlements & SettlersWar, US CivilWar, US Revolutionary
 
Historic York image. Click for full size.
By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
4. Historic York
The York County Courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 9, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 914 times since then and 47 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 9, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
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