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    kensington mansion
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  • A World War II-era Catalina on the lake
    A World War II-era Catalina on the lake
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  • The Lake Marion dam
    The Lake Marion dam
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    kensington plantation

    by doug48 Written May 30, 2011
    kensington mansion

    kensington plantation is located near the town of eastover about 15 miles west of sumter. kensington mansion was built in 1854 in the italianate revival style. kensington plantation was established by matthew singleton in 1787. kensington was a working plantation that produced cotton and indigo until 1941. in 1981 the property was purchased by the international paper company. kensington mansion is listed on the national register of historic places and is open by tour. for admission, directions, and tour information see the attached web site.

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    Santee State Park

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 10, 2006

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    Lake Marion (named for Col Francis Marion, the "Swamp Fox" during the War of Independence) is one of South Carolina's better known fishing and boating areas. Also a good place to hike, especially along the top of the dam. Off SC 6, 3 miles northwest of Santee and I-95. Not far from I-26, which runs between Charleston and Columbia.

    Of historical interest, along the shore of Lake Marion is Ft Watson. During the War of Independence, Col. Marion took this fort from the British, who had built it upon an old Indian mound. This gave him control over the local area.

    During my visit, in April 1992, a rather odd thing happened. I heard the sound of an old prop-driven aircraft, looked across the lake, and spotted a World War II-era PBY Catalina flying boat. This aircraft was employed throughout the Pacific War for patrol, search-and-rescue, light transport, and sometimes even as a bomber.

    The pilot was practicing touch-and-go landings on the lake. It was great. I didn't even know that any Catalinas were still in existence, let alone still flying.

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    Church of the Holy Cross

    by Tom_Fields Updated May 18, 2005

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    The Church of the Holy Cross

    Built about 1850, this Gothic Revival church the burial site of Joel Poinsett, credited with discovering the poinsetta in Mexico and bringing it to the U.S. Unfortunately, this beautiful church is temporarily closed due to termite damage to the interior.

    355 N Kings HWY
    Sumter,SC 29150

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    General Sumter's Grave Site

    by Tom_Fields Written May 18, 2005

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    The grave of General Sumter
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    Nicknamed the Gamecock, General Sumter was a hero in the War of Independence, and the last surviving general of that war, dying in 1832. His grave is located in Statesburg, to the west of Sumter, off Hwy 378.

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