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Founded 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.

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Greater Sumter Chamber of Commerce 32 E. Calhoun St. SUMTER, SC 29150. Phone:(803)775-1231
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SpringHill Suites by Marriott
2645 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150
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Candlewood Suites
2541 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150
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Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sumter
2490 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150
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TRU by Hilton
2607 Broad St. Sumter, SC 29150
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