Southern Charm and History radiate from Congress Street in Downtown York, South Carolina. Congress Street is in the heart and soul of the Historic District. York's Historic District is the 5th largest in the state of South Carolina and showcases over 150 homes dating back to 1824. Congress Street has seen everything in its long history from Civil Rights Marches to Christmas Parades where Santa is riding an elephant. A nod to the circus days of York when it served as the winter quarters for the Barnett Brothers Circus and was the hometown for the Children's Bennet Brothers Circus. The buildings lining Congress Street date back to the early 1800's. These buildings now house small independent stores and businesses. Dance studios, music stores, jewelers, old fashioned candies, a vintage & thrift store, hair salons, spas, pet shops, novelty shops, bakeries, movie theater & concert stage, as well as several independent restaurants create a vibrant hub. Congress Street is alive year round with events and happenings. Springtime is host to "Downtown Live" a free concert series, on Congress Street. During the summer, Congress Street roars with "Summerfest", a 35 year old festival & antique car show that brings thousands to our hometown. Winter brings the glow & swag of hanging lights and song as musicians stroll the streets for the annual tree lighting and sip & shop, the kick off for the weeklong "Christmas in Olde York", which culminates with the Historic Tour of Homes. York has been featured on PBS Trail of History. https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwlZN2KhlbMeqVSx1qkb_4NvbABoyKWFW&time_continue=16&v=ATxl4LEaUYQ This gives you a glimpse into the charm and vintage of our city. We have just finished up a strategic plan that includes a facade improvement & parking plan. This will allow York to continue to grow while keeping the historic feel and hometown community.