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This issue of Reflections looks back 25 years to the time Sumter and South Carolina were confronted with a massive natural disaster. Hurricane Hugo would make landfall near Charleston harbor just before midnight on Sept. 21, 1989. With winds clocked … more
Part 2 of Reflections' look back at some of Sumter's firsts continues. Sumter's first horse show since the revival of the County Fair took place on Oct. 31, 1933, at the Fairgrounds track and attracted a crowd of several hundred spectators and a … more
Reflections presents a two part series on historical "firsts" in the Sumter community. These firsts were determined following research conducted using The Sumter Item archives and various texts including: Anne King Gregorie's "History of Sumter … more
EDITOR'S NOTE: Today's Reflections continues the look back at the extensive growth of the Sumter community in 1939. This article exists in The Sumter Item archives and is reprinted with minimal editing. 'There were 345 births of both White and … more
Reflections returns to the year 1939 when the city of Sumter experienced rapid growth. Our research examines the economic, agricultural, educational and political expansion of the city. The information discussed will be presented in a two-part … more
Over the next three weeks, Reflections will examine three significant events from 1939-1940 and how they affected the city of Sumter. The first of the episodes highlights the exceptional achievements of the sports teams sponsored by the local YMCA; … more
E.I. Reardon in April of 1927 states in an article that Sumter was a major railway center in South Carolina and perhaps even the Southeast during this era. The railroads were heavily involved in both commercial and passenger operations, adding … more
During the mid-1980s, the Sumter Opera House was completely restored and renovated. These changes transformed the building from a theater to a collection of city offices. The photos on this page chronicle the transformation begun in 1982 with the … more
A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life; he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair the rest of his days." ...... Emerson, "Society and Solitude," 1870 Reflections revisits the growth of the tiny … more
Scenes from Sumter Past 'Things always seem fairer when we look back at them, and it is out of that inaccessible tower of the past that Longing leans and beckons." James Russell Lowell "Building is the true index of a community's advancement" … more
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