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Historical Markers and War Memorials in Sumter County, South Carolina

Clickable Map of Sumter County, South Carolina and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil;; J.J.Prats/dc:title> Sumter County, SC (68) Calhoun County, SC (17) Clarendon County, SC (61) Florence County, SC (101) Kershaw County, SC (108) Lee County, SC (30) Richland County, SC (339)  SumterCounty(68) Sumter County (68)  CalhounCounty(17) Calhoun County (17)  ClarendonCounty(61) Clarendon County (61)  FlorenceCounty(101) Florence County (101)  KershawCounty(108) Kershaw County (108)  LeeCounty(30) Lee County (30)  RichlandCounty(339) Richland County (339)
Sumter is the county seat for Sumter County
Adjacent to Sumter County, South Carolina
      Calhoun County (17)  
      Clarendon County (61)  
      Florence County (101)  
      Kershaw County (108)  
      Lee County (30)  
      Richland County (339)  
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1 South Carolina, Sumter County, near Sumter — Gen. Thomas Sumter Memorial Highway
This honors his 250th birthday, 1734-1984. Born in Va., Aug. 14. A frontiersman and Indian fighter. By 1760 he had settled in S.C. He was a member First Provincial Congress, called in 1775 because war with England threatened. The commander of . . . Map (db m36271) HM
2 South Carolina, Sumter County, Boykin- Rembert area — Burwell Boykin / Battle of Boykins Mill
(South Face) Burwell Boykin, a 15 year old volunteer with the South Carolina Home Guard and son of Col. Alexander Hamilton Boykin, fought at this site defending his home on April 18, 1865. (East Face) . . . Map (db m44793) HM
3 South Carolina, Sumter County, Cane Savannah — 43-43 — Cane Savannah Plantation
(Front text) Cane Savannah Plantation was established in 1784 by a 4000-acre grant to Lt. Col. Matthew Singleton (1730-1787), state representative and officer who had served under Francis Marion during the American Revolution. The plantation . . . Map (db m43055) HM
4 South Carolina, Sumter County, Dalzell — 43-22 — Furman Academy and Theological Institution
(Front) Established by the S. C. Baptist Convention in 1825, Furman opened in Edgefield in 1826. Later sites were here at High Hills (1829-1834), Winnsboro (1837-1850), and Greenville in 1851 (now Furman University). In 1859 the theological . . . Map (db m47574) HM
5 South Carolina, Sumter County, Dalzell — Site of Furman Academy
Furman Academy and Theological Institution now Furman University Located on this spot 1829 — 1834Map (db m69833) HM
6 South Carolina, Sumter County, Dinkin’s Mill — 43-33 — Skirmish at Dinkins' Mill
(Front text) Following the battle of Boykin’s Mill on April 18, 1865, Federal troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Edward E. Potter advanced south to Middleton’s Depot, on the Wilmington & Manchester R.R. below Stateburg. Here, on April 19, they . . . Map (db m27649) HM
7 South Carolina, Sumter County, East Sumter — 43-41 — Beulah School
This two-room African-American school was likely built between 1922 and 1930 for students in grades 1-7. It had 50-100 students and an academic year of four to five months until 1939 and six to eight months afterwards. Janie Colclough and Brantley . . . Map (db m28713) HM
8 South Carolina, Sumter County, East Sumter — 43-29 — St. Paul African American Methodist Episcopal Church
Marker Front: This congregation was organized before the Civil War and held its services in a brush arbor until 1875 when its trustees bought land near this site from B. W. Brogdon and built a sanctuary there. First church officers were . . . Map (db m27462) HM
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9 South Carolina, Sumter County, Hagood — 43-34 — Oakland Plantation
(Front text) This plantation was established in 1735 with a royal grant to William Sanders, who built a house and tavern, or “publick house,” here. That house was either extensively remodeled into or replaced by the present . . . Map (db m27437) HM
10 South Carolina, Sumter County, Harvings Crossroads — 43-31 — Enon Baptist Church
This church was organized in 1872 by Rev. Benjamin Lawson and held early services in a brush arbor. The first sanctuary, a log building, was built about 1883, during the ministry of Rev. S.B.Taylor; its timbers were reused to build a frame sanctuary . . . Map (db m27486) HM
11 South Carolina, Sumter County, Horatio — 43-18 — Lenoir Store
Since before 1808, the Lenoir family have operated a general store at the site of Horatio, S. C. Lenoir's Store is mentioned in the 1808 will of Isaac Lenoir, and later appears on Mills's 1825 map and McLaurin's 1878 map of Sumter County. The . . . Map (db m27824) HM
12 South Carolina, Sumter County, Manchester State Forest, Pinewood — 43-6 — St. Mark's Episcopal Church
(Front text) By Act of Assembly St. Mark's Parish was established in 1757. The first Church stood at Halfway Swamp. Others were built near Williamsburg-Sumter Line, near Rimini, and near this site. These four churches were abandoned or . . . Map (db m27134) HM
13 South Carolina, Sumter County, Mayesville — 43-16 — Birthplace of Mary McLeod Bethune
This noted humanitarian and educator was born five miles north of Mayesville, S.C., on July 10, 1875. She was one of the first pupils of the Mayesville Mission School, located fifty yards west of this marker, where she later served as a teacher. . . . Map (db m27402) HM
14 South Carolina, Sumter County, Mayesville — The Mayesville Story
(Left text) A Railroad Town As with many rural South Carolina towns, Mayesville grew up around a railroad depot. The Wilmington and Manchester Railroad built the depot in 1853 on land owned by Matthew Peterson Mayes, known to . . . Map (db m29430) HM
15 South Carolina, Sumter County, Millwood — 43-39 — Mt. Zion Methodist Church
(Front text) This church, with its origin in a brush arbor where services were held during the Civil War, was formally organized in 1873 with a Rev. B. James as its first pastor. Col. James D. Blanding sold the trustees a small parcel to . . . Map (db m27315) HM
16 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oakland — 43-14 — General Sumter Memorial Academy
(Front text) This forerunner of the modern consolidated rural high school with Colonel John Julius Dargan, noted educator, as founder and principal, offered classes in agriculture, home economics, and music. Day students from four . . . Map (db m27829) HM
17 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oakland — 43-9 — General Thomas Sumter
(Front text) Monument to General Sumter stands 500 yards south. Born August 14, 1734, in Hanover County, Virginia, he was a frontiersman and Indian fighter. Coming to South Carolina by 1764, he became a planter. As Partisan leader and . . . Map (db m27769) HM
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18 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oakland — General Thomas Sumter Grave
(West face) This stone marks the grave of one of South Carolina's most distinguished citizens, Thomas Sumter. One of the founders of the Republic. Born in Virginia August 14, 1734. Died June 1, 1832 (Lower . . . Map (db m28532) HM
19 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oakland — 43-3 — High Hills Baptist Church
(Front text) Organized by Rev. Joseph Reese, this church was established Jan. 4, 1772. First located on land given by Dr. Joseph Howard (later moved to present site purchased from Gen. Thomas Sumter), it ordained, 1774, young Richard . . . Map (db m27133) HM
20 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oakland — Thomas SumterSymbol of South Carolina Resistance
"Enchanted with the splendor of victory, he (Thomas Sumter) would wade in torrents of blood to attain it. " Colonel Henry "Light Horse Harry" Lee. The land on which you now stand, here in the High Hills of Santee, once belonged to General . . . Map (db m28475) HM
21 South Carolina, Sumter County, Oswego — 43-28 — Bethel United Methodist Church
(Front) Established in 1856 by French Huguenot families with the consolidation of Lodebar, Rembert, Clark, and Sardis Methodist Churches, all dating from the early settlement of Sumter District. The first minister was Rev. Bond English; trustees . . . Map (db m47578) HM
22 South Carolina, Sumter County, Pinewood — 43-7 — Col. David Dubose GaillardEngineer Of The Panama Canal
[Front]: Born at Fulton Crossroads, Sept. 4, 1859, David DuBose Gaillard spent his boyhood in this section. He was graduated from West Point in 1884, rising to rank of Lieutenant-Colonel of Engineers. During the Spanish American War he . . . Map (db m27792) HM
23 South Carolina, Sumter County, Pinewood — 43-45 — Millford Plantation
(Front text) Millford, 1mile west, is the finest Greek Revival house in S.C. and one of the finest in America. It was built from 1839 to 1841 for John Laurence Manning (1816-1889), a planter, state legislator, and governor 1852-54, . . . Map (db m69512) HM
24 South Carolina, Sumter County, Pinewood — 43-15 — Richard Richardson
An early plantation owner in this area, he was a Commissioner of St. Mark's Church who donated land for its construction. He was Magistrate and Delegate to the First and Second Provincial Congresses. In the Revolution he was Colonel in the Snow . . . Map (db m27793) HM
25 South Carolina, Sumter County, Privateer — 43-17 — Bethel Baptist Church
(Front text) Bethel (Black River) Baptist Church was organized in 1780 and admitted to the Charleston Baptist Association in 1782. Its mother church was High Hills Baptist Church. Bethel was incorporated in December 1823. The Reverend . . . Map (db m27274) HM
26 South Carolina, Sumter County, Rembert — 28-22 — Pine Grove Plantation / Birthplace of the Boykin Spaniel
(side 1) This site was part of Pine Grove Plantation, owned in the early 20th century by Lemuel Whitaker "Whit" Boykin (1861-1932). A planter and sportsman, Boykin and other members of the Boykin and Cantey families began breeding dogs . . . Map (db m221934) HM
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27 South Carolina, Sumter County, Scottsville — " Ebenezer "Goodwill Presbyterian Church
These bricks from the old sanctuary of the Goodwill Presbyterian Church, along with the new sanctuary, commemorate the special grace of God that was visited upon this community when Hurricane Hugo swept through the state on September 21, . . . Map (db m28557) HM
28 South Carolina, Sumter County, Scottsville — Goodwill Presbyterian Church, U.S.A.
(Front text) Founded in 1867 by 100 black members of Salem, Black River, Presbyterian Church (1759) desiring seperation. Dismissal granted, thus becoming the first black church in Sumter County. The congregation began meeting in . . . Map (db m28795) HM
29 South Carolina, Sumter County, Scottsville — 43-4 — Salem (Black River) Presbyterian Church
(Front text) This house of worship, commonly called Brick Church, was founded by Scotch-Irish settlers in 1759 on land given by Capt. David Anderson. Original log meeting-house was replaced by frame building and named Salem Presbyterian . . . Map (db m27861) HM
30 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 43-30 — Battle of Beech Creek / The Civil War Ends In S.C
(Front text) Battle of Beech Creek In April 1865 Confederates formed a defensive line along the high ground above Beech Creek to oppose Brig. Gen. Edward Potter's Federals advancing through Stateburg toward Camden. S.C. militia, the . . . Map (db m27348) HM
31 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 43-36 — Battle of Stateburg
(Front text) In April 1865 2,700 Federal troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Edward E. Potter left Georgetown in a raid against the railroad lines between Sumter and Camden. After briefly occupying Sumter Potter advanced to Manchester and . . . Map (db m27358) HM
32 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — Church of the Holy Cross
The Church of the Holy Cross began as a chapel of ease to St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Clarendon County. In 1788, it was granted a charter as the Episcopal Church of Claremont. On September 11, 1850, the cornerstone of the present . . . Map (db m43201) HM
33 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 73001732 — Church of the Holy Cross
The National Register of Historic Places South Carolina Department of Archives And History Church Of The Holy Cross Map (db m44284) HM
34 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 43-12 — Church of the Holy Cross Stateburg / Holy Cross Churchyard — (Episcopal) —
(Front text) Church of the Holy Cross Stateburg (Episcopal) This church is the successor to the nearby Chapel of Ease of 1770. Present building is on the site of the old Claremont Church of 1788, built on land given by General Thomas . . . Map (db m27132) HM
35 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 43-5 — Early Charleston Road
This road largely followed the Catawba Path (1698). Widened by Public Act, 1753, and called "The Great Charleston Road," it joined that city with Camden and "The Back Country." Over it came Indians, pack-animals laden with hides, drovers, rolled . . . Map (db m27822) HM
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36 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — Joel Roberts Poinsett1779-1851
Born in Charleston, S.C. Statesman, diplomat, author and naturalist. Educated in medicine, military science and law, Traveled extensively in Asia and Europe. U.S. Commissioner concerned with the independence of South American . . . Map (db m43361) HM
37 South Carolina, Sumter County, Stateburg — 43-19 — William Tennent
Third Presbyterian preacher of this name, Tennent died several miles south in 1777. He was born in 1740 of a renowned family of ministers and educators. From 1772 he served as pastor of the Independent Church of Charlestown. As a patriot, he . . . Map (db m88442) HM
38 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Battle of Dingles MillMemorial Park
Battle fought at this site Apr. 9, 1865 Dedicated Saturday Jan. 27, 1979 3 P.M. Sponsored by Dick Anderson Chapter No. 75 (1896) United Daughters of the Confedercy Wm. E. Brunson III, noted War Between The States Arms and Records . . . Map (db m35569) HM
39 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-10 — Battle of Dingle's Mill
(Front text) Here on Apr. 9, 1865, the day of Gen. Lee's surrender, was fought one of the last battles of the War between the States. 158 Confederates rallied by Col. Geo. W. Lee stopped, for several hours, the advance of 2700 Union troops . . . Map (db m35886) HM
40 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-20 — Clara Louise Kellogg
Clara Louise Kellogg, said to be the first American-trained prima donna, was born near here in 1842. Her family later moved to New York, where, at age 14, she began to study voice, making her debut four years later. Miss Kellogg soon became world . . . Map (db m28685) HM
41 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-44 — Concord Presbyterian Church
Front This church, organized in 1808 by Rev. George G. McWhorter of the Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, held its first services in a brush arbor near Concord Springs. The next year Gen. Thomas Sumter donated two acres to the . . . Map (db m47678) HM
42 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-27 — Elizabeth White House
The Elizabeth White House, built about 1854, was for many years the home of Miss White (1893-1976), a Sumter native who was an internationally-acclaimed artist and lifelong patron of the arts. White, who studied at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine . . . Map (db m29201) HM
43 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — First Baptist Church
(Front): This church was organized as Shiloh Baptist Church, 1868. The name was changed, 1931. First black Baptist church in town. Located on S. Main St., near Bee St. Rev. Ben Lawson, first pastor, served for thirty-odd years. The second . . . Map (db m55961) HM
44 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-21 — First Baptist Church
(Front text) Organized in 1813 with 13 members, this branch of Stateburg's High Hills of Santee Baptist Church (founded before 1772) became an independent congregation on September 24, 1820. It became known as Sumterville Baptist Church, and . . . Map (db m27547) HM
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45 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — General Thomas Sumter 1734 -1832
(West Face right) Thomas Sumter was born near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia in 1734. He fought in the French and Indian War and also against the Cherokees in 1761. (South Face) Sumter married Mary Cantey in . . . Map (db m27904) HM
46 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-2 — Green Swamp Methodist ChurchSite of First Methodist Church in Vicinity of Sumter
Influenced by Bishop Francis Asbury, Richard Bradford gave land and with others built a wooden chapel in 1787, first called Bradford's Meeting House. Here Santee circuit riders preached until 1827 when church was closed and services held for . . . Map (db m28505) HM
47 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-40 — Henry J. Maxwell Farm
(Front text) Henry Johnson Maxwell (1837-1906), Union soldier, U.S. postmaster, state senator, and lawyer, lived here from 1874 until his death in 1906. Maxwell, the son of Stephen J. and Thurston Johnson Maxwell, was born free on Edisto . . . Map (db m29462) HM
48 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-26 — Henry L. Scarborough House
The Henry Lee Scarborough House was built 1908-09 by Scarborough (1866-1929), a leading Sumter County farmer, businessman, and public servant serving as county treasurer (1894-1902), commissioner of public works for six years and clerk of court . . . Map (db m29202) HM
49 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-38 — Kendall Institute
(Front text) Kendall Institute, founded on this site in 1891, was one of the first black schools in Sumter. It was funded by the Board of Missions for Freedmen of the Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. The institute was named for Mrs. Julia B. . . . Map (db m29386) HM
50 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Major General George L. Mabry, Jr. Veterans Memorial Park
Center Monument In remembrance of those who paid the supreme sacrifice that we may remain a free people Left front pedestal Major General George L. Mabry, Jr. Veterans Memorial Park Dedicated May 28, 1990 Maj. Gen. George L. . . . Map (db m55941) HM
51 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-25 — Military Post / Potter's Raid
Military Post After the Civil War ended in 1865, a Federal military occupation garrison was located for sometime in this area of Sumter. Known locally as "Yankee Camp," the post contained officers' quarters, barracks, and a guard house. . . . Map (db m27832) HM
52 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Mount Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Church"From Bush Arbor to Brick and Mortar"
(Front): In 1866 soon after the Civil War an interracial Methodist organization was formed. They worshiped under a Bush Arbor near the railroad in South Sumter. After a few years they grew discontented with the organization and sought to . . . Map (db m55962) HM
53 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-32 — Potter's Headquarters / Federal Order Of Battle
Potter's Headquarters Federal troops commanded by Brig. Gen. Edward E. Potter, on a raid through this area in the last days of the Civil War, advanced to Sumter after defeating a small Confederate force at Dingle’s Mill on April 9, 1865. The . . . Map (db m27831) HM
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54 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Site of The Battle of Dingle's Mill
This tablet marks the site of the Battle of Dingle's Mill fought April 9, 1865 between Potter's Brigade and the Reserve South Carolina Malitia C.S.A. Erected by Dick Anderson Chapter U.D.C. (Lower stone marker text) The . . . Map (db m35746) HM
55 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — St. Anne Catholic Church
(Front text) Members of the Catholic Church of St.Lawrence laid the cornerstone of the Catholic Church of St. Anne here in 1909 next to St. Joseph's Academy (1862-1929). St. Anne's is an early Gothic revival structure, with a . . . Map (db m29212) HM
56 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-37 — St. James Lutheran Church
(Front text) This church, the first Lutheran congregation in Sumter County, was organized in 1890 as a Home Mission, with six charter members and with Rev. F.W.E. Peschau as its first pastor. The congregation met in area churches, public . . . Map (db m27345) HM
57 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Sumter District Confederate Dead
(East face) Decr 20 1860 — • — The Women of Sumter District to their Confederate Dead — • — Erected 1876 by The Ladies Monumental Assoc. of Sumter . . . Map (db m27740) HM
58 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-13 — Sumter Institute1867-1901
(Front text) A boarding school for girls located on the northeast corner of Washington and Calhoun Sts. Founded by Laura Fraser Browne and Eliza E. Cooper in 1867. Incorporated in 1888. H. Frank Wilson, president, 1892- 96. (Reverse text) . . . Map (db m29406) HM
59 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Sumter Vietnam Memorial
The men of Sumter County who gave their lives in Vietnam Terry Lynn Anton; Robert Cain, Jr.; Herbert Hugo Cato, III; Charles Clark; Wyman Byrd Coleman; John Hughie Geddings; Charles Jack Girard; David Nathaniel Green. Jr.; Adherene Louis . . . Map (db m55949) HM
60 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Sumter World War II Monument
Dedicated to the Memory of the men of Sumter County who made the supreme sacrifice 1941 ~ 1945 (Along the Base of the monument) World War II Erected by the Grateful Citizens of Sumter County 1949Map (db m55944) WM
61 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-8 — Sumter's Court Houses
(Front text) By Act of 1798, Commissioners were named "To ascertain and fix upon the most central place for the erection of a court house in the District of Sumter", and meanwhile "to fix upon a proper place for the sitting of the court". . . . Map (db m27361) HM
62 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Sumter's Memorial To Its Brave Soldiers
In solemn and thankful remembrance of the unselfish and patriotic sacrifice on the part of the brave men of Sumter County who served in the forces of the United States of America in the war against Germany and her allies for the preservation of the . . . Map (db m55916) HM
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63 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-24 — Sumterville Academy
This site of one acre was given in 1837 for use for a public school by Col. John Blount Miller (1782-1851) Lieutenant-Colonel in the War of 1812, a public-spirited citizen and advocate of education; attorney, orator, writer, founder . . . Map (db m29049) HM
64 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-42 — Temple Sinai
(Front text) Sumter’s Jewish community, dating to 1815, has long been one of the largest and most influential in inland S.C. Mark Solomons, Franklin J. Moses, and Montgomery Moses brought their families to Sumter District from the old and . . . Map (db m27488) HM
65 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — 43-23 — The Tuomey Hospital
Sumter Hospital was begun 1904 by Drs. S. C. Baker, Walter Cheyne, Archie China, H. M. Stuckey, and was built shortly thereafter nearby. Renamed Tuomey following purchase in 1913 with funds from will of T. J. Tuomey (1842-1897) which specified that . . . Map (db m28765) HM
66 South Carolina, Sumter County, Sumter — Y.M.C.A.
Construction of the building to house the Young Men's Christian Association of Sumter began on this site in March, 1911. Mr. E.D. Sompayrac, architect, and Mr. Frank Carr, contractor, would design and construct the massive brick structure. The . . . Map (db m148913) HM
67 South Carolina, Sumter County, Wedgefield — 43-1 — Site of Manchester
A flourishing town once stood here; Settled before 1799; Stage-coach relay; Shipping center for cotton traffic by boat to Charleston; A busy point on Wilmington & Manchester Railroad, 1852-1872, (station was 1 mile southeast); Noted for its taverns, . . . Map (db m27823) HM
68 South Carolina, Sumter County, Wedgefield — 43-35 — Wedgefield Presbyterian Church
(Front text) This church was founded in 1881 with assistance from Harmony Presbytery. It had 12 charter members, with elders Cornelius McLaurin and James Caldwell and deacons Dr. Henry J. McLaurin and Edward H. McCutchen. Rev. H.B. Garris, . . . Map (db m27238) HM
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May. 28, 2023