Reflections
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Reflections by Sammy Way: The Villa Maria, one of Sumter's most beautiful tourist homes

Reflections remembers the Villa Maria as the most sought-after tourist lodge in downtown Sumter. This home was on North Main Street, the most traveled street in Sumter before the opening of the Lafayette bypass. This beautiful edifice, managed by … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Canal Street is one of Sumter's most historic thoroughfares

Reflections remembers the proposed construction of a modern structure, the Shelor Building, on the corner of Sumter and Canal streets in 1946. The building was the only vestige of art deco-style architecture built in the city. The new facility would … more

Reflections by Sammy Way -- 1936: A year of remarkable growth in Sumter

Reflections revisits 1936, a year marked by incredible growth and progressive improvements completed by Sumter's City Council. Sumter and the nation as a whole moved deeper into what became known as the Great Depression, so the achievements of its … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Rev. C.C. Brown remembers Sumter's churches

Reflections recalls an article related to Sumter's churches from a 1915 edition of The Sumter Daily Item. The Rev. C.C. Brown noted, "Sumter had grown in all directions since my arrival, but no growth has been so marked as that among the churches … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Historic plantations and churches in Sumter

According to Wikipedia Encyclopedia, a plantation is defined as "an agricultural estate, generally centered on a plantation house, meant for farming that specializes in cash crops, usually mainly planted with a single crop, with perhaps ancillary … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Horses had important role in Sumter's development

Reflections reviews the important contributions made by the horse to Sumter's fire department, sports, military enhancements and improvements in public and industrial transportation. For example, horse racing in South Carolina, according to … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter's streets reflect history of the early settlement

Reflections recalls the early development of the city of Sumter and the streets that facilitated movement in and around this historic settlement. Research will focus on the initial design of the early settlement and the streets whose names are … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter graced with a long line of inventors

Reflections revisits several of Sumter's notable inventors and their contributions that assisted in the growth of our community and country. The information and photos used to prepare this brief report were resourced from The Sumter Item archives … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: The Parrish Dray Line: Speedy, dependable freight service

Reflections revisits Parrish Dray Lines, one of Sumter's most successful businesses of the 1940s. Dray is defined by Webster's Dictionary as "a strong low cart or wagon without sides used for hauling heavy loads." This business originated at a time … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Daily Item celebrates its 50th anniversary in 1944

Reflections recalls the 50th anniversary of the Sumter Daily Item and the growth of the Sumter community at that time. Expansion of Sumter's industrial, educational and governmental growth during the first 50 years of the newspaper's existence was … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Public library acquired for Sumter through the Carnegie Foundation; facility finished in 1917

Reflections remembers the efforts of Sumter City Council, City Board of Education, Civic League and Chamber of Commerce as they worked to secure a public library for the populace of Sumter. The Civic League generated interest within the community, … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Sumter Bar had many outstanding local citizens in 1894

Reflections recalls the contributions of early barristers to Sumter's community. "When The Sumter Daily Item was founded in 1894, the roster of the bar association bore the names of many fine … more

Reflections by Sammy Way: Nurses become an integral part of Sumter's early medical profession

Reflections presents a brief history of the organized nursing profession in Sumter. With the construction of community medical facilities, local doctors realized the necessity of those who would provide care for their patients. The nurse would also … more
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