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Three major cola companies and a fourth soft drink company are part of the early history of Sumter. These companies are Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Royal Crown and Dr Pepper (the non-cola). The intent of this research is not to present a comprehensive … more
Though no longer in existence, Sumter's Carolina Theatre had a long and storied history. Research focuses on the showing of the film "Cruisin Down the River," which utilized the beauty queen "Miss Chattahoochee" and a calliope to encourage … more
This week Reflections remembers the entertainment phenomenon known as the drive-in theater. These entertainment centers usually consisted of a large parking lot, a projection booth and a concession stand. Many facilities offered a playground for … more
This week Reflections looks back at Sumter during World War II and how people coped with the restrictions placed on the mode and method of travel. Because of the tremendous need for the nation's resources for the war effort, the government was … more
This week's Reflections ends a two-part series on Sumter's Imperial Hotel. The conclusion will present an in-depth look at the bedrooms and parlor, as well as the story of the Imperial's fate. Located on the first floor of the hotel were the … more
This week, Reflections begins a two-part series on one of Sumter's most attractive buildings, the Imperial Hotel. In part one of the series, we will explore the exterior of the building, the lobby, a barber shop and the hotel's main attraction: the … more
The late Sumter Item photographer Heyward Crowson made numerous flights over the city of Sumter, documenting its growth and expansion. This photo, taken circa 1942-43, covers the South Harvin Street area. Ten specific areas are highlighted here for … more
Sumter was experiencing an unprecedented period of growth in the 20th century. The Item assigned a reporter to canvass the city and report on any residential or commercial construction taking place. The reporter learned that many buildings were … more
Kermit E. Ward was responsible for providing Sumter with quality movie entertainment on Main Street for more than three decades. He helped improve Sumter's motion picture-viewing experience by assisting in upgrading the viewing facilities, … more
During the first half of the 20th century, the old Miller School and its teachers helped create pleasant memories and encouraged creativity in a time when school was a place of magic and learning. In 1902, the small, one-room Winn School was … more
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