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  • Christmas Lights Display
    Christmas Lights Display
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  • Christmas Lights Display
    Christmas Lights Display
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  • Fantasy of Lights
    Fantasy of Lights
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Sumter Things to Do

  • Fantasy of Lights

    For the month of December, the City of Sumter erects a huge display of Christmas lights in Swan Lake Iris Gardens. We stopped here on the way home from Congaree and it was quite a display. With over a million lights, its one of the largest in South Carolina. You can drive through the parking area to see the lights or park and get out. We got out to...

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  • thomas sumter statue

    revoluntionary war general thomas sumter was nicknamed the "carolina gamecock" due to his involvement in driving the british army of lord cornwallis out of south carolina. sumter died in 1832 and at the time of his death he was the oldest surviving general officer in the american revolution. after the revolutionary war sumter was a member of the u....

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  • swan lake iris garden

    most visitors come to sumter is see the swan lake iris garderns. in 1927 hamilton bland bought swan lake as a private fishing retreat. during that time bland dumped a number of iris bulbs near the lake. the iris blooms were so spectacular that bland hired a horticulturist and established the gardens. in the spring of each year the gardens have a...

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  • sumter county courthouse

    the current sumter county courthouse is the third sumter county courthouse. the second sumter county courthouse was designed by famous south carolina architect robert mills and was built in 1821. the current sumter county courthouse was built in 1907 and was designed by architect augustus edwards. the sumpter county courthouse was built on the site...

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  • elizabeth white house

    the elizabeth white house is a greek revival cottage built in 1854. elizabeth white was an internationally acclaimed artist and life long patron of the arts. she is best known for her etchings of south carolina scenes. much of her work is on display at the sumpter gallery. the elizabeth white house is listed on the national register of historic...

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  • henry lee scarborough house

    this beautiful neo-classical revival home was built for henry lee scarborough in 1909. scarborough was an influential sumter county farmer and businessman. the henry lee scarborough house is listed on the national register of historic places. for those interested in architecture downtown sumter has scores of architectually significant homes and...

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  • sumter opera house

    the current sumter opera house was built in 1895 after a fire destroyed the original opera house in 1892. the opera house was converted into a movie theater in 1936. the movie theater closed in 1983 and the opera house was converted into sumter's town hall. today the first floor of the opera house is a theater that hosts plays and concerts. the...

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  • confederate memorial

    the sumter county confederate memorial is located on the site of sumterville academy. in 1837 colonel john blount miller donated one acre for the construction of the academy. colonel miller was a war of 1812 veteran, lawyer, and advocate of education of the residents of sumterville. after the civil war the women of sumter erected this memorial to...

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  • The Iris Garden at Swan Lake

    This park began in 1927 as a private retreat for local businessman Hamilton Carr Bland. After a lengthy process of trial and error, he created one of the finest botanical gardens in the state. In 1938, A.T. Heath left a larger garden across Liberty Street to the city. In 1949, the Bland and Heath gardens were joined together to form the Iris...

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    by jmpncsu Written Dec 26, 2014

    We were coming back from a long day hike in Congaree National Park as a group of about 12. We called on our way and they had a big table ready for us when we arrived. Unfortunately, it was Sunday and they couldn't serve alcohol. Other than that, the food and service were pretty good. Our server took good care of us and kept our drinks filled and brought extra chips and salsa. The salsa was a little bland. For our meals, my wife and I split chicken fajitas for two and they were pretty good. Everyone else in our group also enjoyed their food. It's not the best Mexican place I've been to, but not the worst either. I would probably eat here again if I was in the area.

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Sumter Local Customs

  • by thedavid Written Mar 10, 2007

    Wards BBQ, Sumter, SC, 1962
    Friday noon. I think they were only open 3 days a week!
    I remember the place with great fondness. Lunch (the BBQ plate. What else) BBQ, Hash, Rice, vinager based sauce to die for,Macaroni Salad, Corn Dogers and a huge Ice Tea for $1.25. For an extra 25 cents worth of BBQ, all you needed was a nap. Only a teenager can eat like this

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Sumter Off The Beaten Path

  • kensington plantation

    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...

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  • Santee State Park

    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...

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  • 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 HWYSumter,SC 29150

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