Sumter is located in the eastern-central part of the state of South Carolina and a city and seat of Sumter County. The area was settled in 1785 and was named Sumterville after General Thomas Sumter, who is an American Revolutionary War hero. The area was developed as an agricultural area and has been once a typical village that centers its economy on cotton production. Although at present Sumter is already an industrial center, cotton and tobacco still play an important part in the cash crops industry. Sumter’s industrial activities include food processing, fabric printing, furniture making, automobile brakes, chemical, clothing, hand tools, and many others that play an important role. The city is the home to Morris College, the Central Carolina Technical College, and the University of South Carolina’s campus. Today, the city of Sumpter is the eighth-largest metropolitan in the state. It boasts a progressive spirit and forward-thinking, with a diverse population made up of transplants and native South Carolinians who love the low cost of living, friendly neighborhoods, and mild weather of the area. Sumpter has many cultural and recreational offerings. Annual events include the Iris Festival and the Sumter Shaw Street Fest, while visitors flock to the Sumter County Museum, Poinsett State Park, Swan Lake Iris Garden, South Carolina National Guard Museum, Williams-Brice Museum, and the Sumter Gallery of Art. You can find many shopping options at the Palmetto Plaza Shopping Center, Sumter Square Shopping Center, and the Jessamine Mall Shopping Center. Filled with green parks, playgrounds, and tree-lined neighborhoods, Sumpter has something for everyone.
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