Sumter | Palmetto Places

Stroll beside ink-black Swan Lake, dotted with waterfowl from all over the world. Wonder at the beauty of Iris Gardens, resplendent in blossoms of purple and yellow. Meet wildlife sculptor Grainger McKoy and visit a diverse group of landmarks, including a country church made of "rammed earth" and a grand opera house.

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Sumter
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Sumter, South Carolina, originally established as "Sumterville" in 1800, was named after the Revolutionary War hero, General Thomas Sumter, who earned the nick-name "Gamecock" during the war. This is...
Sumter, Part 2
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Another one of Sumter's featured tourist attractions is the Iris Garden and Swan Lakes area. The resident horticulturist, Mark Towery, tells how one of the best water gardens in the world resulted...
Sumter, Part 3
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Grainger McKoy, a local Sumter artist, is known for his intricate wood carvings, inspired by his fascination and admiration of water fowl. McCoy describes his methods of making wood sculptures.
Sumter, Part 4
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The Church of the Holy Cross, completed in 1852, is located outside of Sumter, South Carolina, near the old community of Stateburg. This church is known for its unusual construction method: built from...
Sumter, Part 5
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North of Stateburg (outside of Sumter, South Carolina), in the village of Horatio, stands the Lenoir General Store, whose construction was sometime in the late 1700's, by Isaac Lenoir, one of the...