Sumter is the county seat of Sumter County, South Carolina with a population of approximately 40,000. The city was incorporated as Sumterville in 1845 but shortened to Sumter by 1855. Sumter is known as the Gamecock City (named for Gen. Thomas Sumter, a Revolutionary War general known as "The Fighting Gamecock"). Originally a plantation settlement, by the late nineteenth century, Sumter prospered as a producer of cotton, timber, and tobacco. After the founding of Shaw Air Force Base (now home to the 9th Air Force, 20th Fighter Wing, and Third Army) in 1941, Sumter's industrial sector grew to include textiles, manufacturing, and biotech in addition to agricultural products. Shaw Air Force Base remains a major contributor to Sumter's population and economy.
Sumter is centrally located in the state of South Carolina, with the state capital of Columbia lying approximately 45 miles to the west, Myrtle Beach and the coastal Grand Strand approximately 100 miles to the east, and scenic Charleston approximately 100 miles to the south. The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in upstate South Carolina and the business and travel hub of Charlotte are around a two-and-a-half hour drive away.
If you are ever in Sumter, you must visit Swan Lake. It is a huge park, with a trail that you can walk and feed the swans. You can also have a picnic there. There is a playground area for your children too. There are so many restaurants that have delicious food. There are lots of shopping areas where the prices are so cheap!!