Sumter County Historical Society, Inc.
Organized in 1950

Aims of the Sumter County Historical Society:

To discover, preserve and study all books, pamphlets, papers and traditions
touching on or pertaining to the history of Sumter County,
and to aid and encourage individuals and associations
in the compiling and publishing of historical data covering Sumter County.

Sumter County Historical Society
Slate of Officers for 2017-2018
President: Dr. Jack Fudger
Past President: Jack D. Howle
1st Vice President: Sue Towery
2nd Vice President: Ray Thompson
Secretary: Shirley Patterson
Treasurer: Porter L. Thompkins, Jr.
Directors at Large:  
  Michael Carraher
  Dr. Arland Compton
  Kell Compton
  Tom O”Hare
  Rose Rhodes
Ex-officio:  
  Annie Rivers
  Dr. William Ferrell
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Membership Levels:
Individual $30
Family $40
Patron $50
Business $100
Membership year - July 1 to June 30 Memorials & gifts gratefully accepted. Gifts & dues are tax deductible as provided by IRS.


Checks should be payable to
The Sumter County Historical Society,
& mailed to:
P.O. Box 1456 • Sumter SC 29151
Read the Historical Society's 2016 Newsletter

The Sumter County Historical Society continues to work to follow the aims established when the Society began. To that end in 2015, The Society actively began to develop a plan for making improvements and maintenance of the Thomas Sumter gravesite. We have applied for a grant and have coordinated with Thomas Sumter Academy for an ongoing program of general upkeep of the site.

Membership dues also enable us to fund a $1000 scholarship, as well as monetary awards on Student Recognition Night to students competing in our essay contest.

Important projects in the past included funding the restoration of the oil portrait of the sister of Angelica Singleton Van Buren, Videau Singleton Deveaux, who with her husband purchased “The Ruins,” a local historic home in 1838. Click here to learn about this year's open house. We make efforts to hold meetings on site at historic locations, of which there are many in the Sumter area. Come join us and learn about Sumter County.

Meetings 2017-2018
October 21 Wine and Cheese Social at the museum 4:00-6:00 pm
Planned for 2018-
January- Temple Sinai
March- Essay Contest
April- Thomas Sumter Tomb
May- Homes of Mayesville