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Part two of a look back into Sumter's past invites the reader to focus on individuals whose contributions helped expedite the growth of our community. Of course, time and space preclude the author from mentioning the multitudes who have aided in the … more
Today's look at Sumter's past is the first of two parts designed to provide readers with a glimpse of homes and businesses that are either no longer in existence or have been changed through renovation. This series takes the reader back to early … more
One of Sumter's most remarkably beautiful spots was located near the heart of historic Stateburg. The gardens were located north of the Columbia Highway about 10 miles from downtown Sumter and were privately developed by the late Dr. J.R. Dunn, an … more
In addition to Coca-Cola and Pepsi-Cola, there were other soda bottling companies that were early arrivals in Sumter; however popular they were in the mid-20th century, none of the Sumter plants exist currently. The following excerpts from The … more
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
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