Hidden Gem: South Carolina’s Sumter County Museum

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Sumter County Museum, South Carolina © 2009 Perry Baker/SCPRTFour times a year costumed guides at the Carolina Backcountry Homestead demonstrate farming skills of the early 1800

122 N. Washington St., Sumter, South Carolina

The Sumter County Museum is represented by structures dating from an 1812 one-room cabin to the new Heritage Education Center. Relocated from the Pinewood area, the Weeks Cabin was lived in for more than 150 years by several families, including slaves, freedmen, and tenant farmers.

Other structures include exhibits on farming life, the railroads, and transportation. The turn-of-the-century barn holds a carriage and a classic surrey, complete with fringe on top. A pole barn contains an array of farm equipment used when mules were the primary mode of power in the South.

The handsomely furnished Williams-Brice House (c.1916) includes period rooms; an exhibit on Gen. Thomas Sumter, the “Always Coca-Cola” exhibit, with several examples of Coke memorabilia; and rotating exhibits on topics ranging from World War II to quilts. The gardens surrounding the house are beautiful year-round

Along with the Carolina Back-country Exhibit that portrays life as it was on a farm from 1750 to 1850, it’s worth seeing the brand- new 10,500-square-foot Heritage Education Center that features the Witherspoons of Coldstream Plantation Collection.

Open Tues. – Sat. year-round. Closed holidays.

www.sumtercountymuseum.org

(803) 775-0908

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