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Sumter Things to Do

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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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