Yornup’s name is of Noongar Aboriginal origin. It was primarily a milling settlement, and Greenacres Mill continues to this day. At one point, Yornup had a school, post office, hall and stores – only the hall remains today, used for community dances. The school was relocated to the rear of 144 Hampton Street, Bridgetown, in March 1996 in anticipation of the construction of a heritage precinct which never eventuated. A large Western Power substation is located in the town and an industrial estate is proposed for the area.