Introduction to Sumter, South Carolina
Sumter began as a plantation settlement town. The area was first settled by the Europeans in the 1740s. It was incorporated as Sumterville in 1845. Later in 1855, the name was shortened to Sumter. The city was named after General Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero who was better known as the "Fighting Gamecock." Sumter adopted a council/manager form of government in 1912.
Sumter and nearby Attractions
- Sumter County Museum
- Swan Lake Iris Garden
- Williams-Brice Museum
- Sumter Gallery of Art
- South Carolina National Guard Museum
- Poinsett State Park
Things To Do In Sumter
While in Sumter, one can enjoy shopping at the Colonial Square Shopping Center, Sumter Square Shopping Center, Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center, Savannah Plaza Shopping Center, Jessamine Mall Shopping Center, and Westmark Plaza Shopping Center. It is also worth visiting the Sumter Historic District and Swan Lake Gardens. In addition, the city hosts several annual recreational events and festivals such as the Sumter Shaw Street Fest and the Iris Festival.
Shaw AFB is close to the city.
Sumter Higher Education
Central Carolina Technical College, University of South Carolina at Sumter, and Morris College are the local colleges and university.