DescriptionFounded in 1785, Sumter was named for Gen. Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War hero and statesman. The British, impressed by Sumter's daring hit-and-run warfare, nicknamed him the Gamecock of the Revolution. Settled by a refined citizenry from surrounding plantations, the town developed a reputation as a cultural center. The arrival of road shows packed the old opera house, which now houses the city hall; for information about occasional productions, phone (803) 436-2616.
Sumter is one of the state's leading lumber and agricultural areas. Further bolstering the city's economy are textile mills; chemical plants; foundries; and the Palmetto Pigeon Plant, reputed to be the world's largest squab farm. Just west of Sumter is Shaw Air Force Base, home to the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter crews.
The Sumter Iris Festival , one of the state's oldest festivals, is held over Memorial Day weekend at Swan Lake Iris Gardens to celebrate the peak blooming season.
Visitor InfoGreater Sumter Chamber of Commerce 32 E. Calhoun St. SUMTER, SC 29150. Phone:(803)775-1231
Things to SeeSumter County Gallery of Art