Reflections
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The Sumter community made numerous efforts to beautify the railway station located parallel to Telephone and Harvin streets. The station was one of the busiest locations in the community, thus it attracted attention from numerous residents … more
This issue of Reflections addresses the public outcry for the construction of a bridge at the south end of Main Street. This massive piece of concrete construction was designed not only to connect Main Street to South Sumter, but also to eliminate a … more
One of downtown Sumter's largest renovation projects began on South Main Street about 50 years ago. This effort to revitalize a dying segment of our economic base was conceived by several concerned business leaders and involved many activities … more
This issue of Reflections returns to February of 1973, when nature deposited some 20-plus inches of snow to various sections of Sumter and Sumter County, causing a state of emergency to be declared by city officials and local law enforcement … more
An area of Columbia near Williams-Brice Stadium and the state fairgrounds was once home to the "Largest Cotton Factory under One Roof." This enterprise, the Olympia Cotton Mill, represented more than $1 million in investments and operated more than … more
Manchester's Day Has Ended, Its Eternity Has Begun! One of Sumter County's mysteries is the vanished community of Manchester. This has baffled historians and inspired numerous conjectures on the demise of this once-flourishing town. Manchester … more
One of Sumter's finest researchers and writers, Azile Mellette McCoy, wrote in 1953 what is perhaps the definitive essay on the origin of the Natalie Delage Sumter Chapel located at the Thomas Sumter … more
One of Sumter's finest researchers and writers, Azile Mellette McCoy, wrote in 1953 what is perhaps the definitive essay on the origin of the Nathalie DeLage Sumter Chapel located at the Thomas Sumter Memorial in Stateburg. McCoy offers a differing … more
This issue of Reflections looks back at the growth and development of a segment of America's airplane industry, the trimotor. This unique flying craft was instrumental in changing the way people and goods were transported by air. This aircraft … more
Research in The Sumter Item archives shows that the Sumter Fair was in existence by 1880 as an event featuring displays of household products such as "breads, cakes, preserves, pickles and etc." There is also mention of "Needle and Fancy Work, … more
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