"Tomb of General Thomas Sumter, Near Sumter, S.C., no postmark, c. 1930s-1940s
Back- "Sumter, S.C., was named for General Thomas Sumter who, because of his aggressiveness against the British was called "The Gamecock of the Revolution." Hence, 'Sumter, the Gamecock City.'
Have you visited the Thomas Sumter Memorial Park?
See it here.
"Cotton Scenes of Sumter, S.C.," no postmark, c. 1900s-1910s
Sumter was known for having one of the best cotton markets in the state. Most of the plantations in the area revolved around cotton. Cotton still served as a major part of the economy in Sumter after the Civil War. The boll weevil devastated cotton production in the 1920s causing some farmers to turn to the city to find work in the new industries.
"Dingle's Mill, near Sumter, S.C., Scene of Battle, Confederate War," postmarked January 18, 1908
One of the last battles of the Civil War occurred at Dingle's Mill on April 9, 1865, the same day as General Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia. The Confederate soldiers managed to halt General Edward Potter's Raid for several hours. Potter still achieved his main goal: the destruction of the railroads between the Pee Dee and Wateree.
Why do you think the battle was fought even though the war was over?
You can visit the battlefield on US-521 and learn more about it at a recently updated kiosk provided by the Sumter County Historical Commission.
"S-15:-Iris and Easter Lilies in Bloom Around Swan Lake. Sumter, S.C.," no postmark, c. 1930-1950
Back- "Located a mile from Sumter are the nationally famous Swan Lake Gardens, which are opened to the public each year during the blooming season of the Japanese Iris. The gardens are owned by H.C. Bland, who has developed one of the real beauty spots of the country. Thousands of giant Japanese Iris in almost every color of the rainbow and almost as many thousand varicolored water lilies provide a spectacle that once seen will never be forgotten. The usual blooming season of the iris is the last week in May and the first two weeks in June."
"Sumter's Iris Gardens," no postmark, c. 1990s
Back- Japanese Iris bloom by the thousands in hundred of delicate color shades in Sumter's famous gardens. From late May into June is usually the best time to view the iris. Other flowers, especially azaleas, adorn the municipal gardens.
How has the city of Sumter changed through the years? What brought about these changes? Watch the video below produced by the Sumter Economic Development Board several years ago. How many places in the video do you see match postcards on this website? What has changed? *Note- there's been some recent change even since this video was created!