"Sumter: on the Way to Myrtle Beach" Sumter by Tom_Fields

Sumter Travel Guide: 15 reviews and 36 photos


I was stationed at Shaw Air Force Base from January 1990 to May 1995. Living in the dorms for the first two and a half years, Sumter was the nearest town.

Once I was able to move off-base, I moved to Columbia--which is a lot better than Sumter. However, Sumter has a few points of interest. If you're on the road between Columbia and Myrtle Beach, with an hour or so to kill, stop here and visit the Iris Gardens at Swan Lake. If you're a history buff, you may visit the grave of General Thomas Sumter. There is some good hunting and fishing around here, too.

For information on Sumter, contact the city at:

City of Sumter
PO Box 1449
21 N. Main Street
Sumter, SC 29150
Tel: (803) 436-2500
Fax: (803) 436-2615
Email: info@sumter-sc.com

The City Hall is located inside the Opera House, shown in this photo.

Shaw AFB

Stationed here for five years, I deployed from this base to Saudi Arabia for the Persian Gulf War in 1990-91. It was a great day when I moved out of the dorm to a new apartment in Columbia.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Nice climate
  • Cons:All the urban problems, but few of the amenities
  • In a nutshell:Worth stopping for an hour
  • Last visit to Sumter: May 1995
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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