Programs & Exhibits

The Sumter County Museum offers a wide variety of educational programming for visitors. Along with our normal activities, we also offer customized programs for groups of all ages. If you are interested in a guided tour, a living history demonstration, or want to attend any of our regularly scheduled events, please contact the museum.

The Civil War officially ended when General Lee surrendered at Appomattox on April 9, 1865, but word didn’t reach Sumter until much later. Union General Edward Potter rampaged the area for over two weeks, destroying railroad and supplies.

Join us for a discussion of the historical importance and effects of Potter’s Raid on Sumter with panel participants:
Dr. Sammy Way, Historian and Item Archivist
Dr. Tom Powers, USC Sumter History Professor
Tom Elmore, Author and Historian
Joe Long, Curator of Education at the Confederate Relic Room and Military Museum

Moderator: Robert L. Brown
Learn more about the two weeks Sumter experienced the Civil War first-hand in the exhibit featuring period artifacts including swords, cannonballs, and more.

New Virtual Exhibit on Sumter Postcards:
See how Sumter has developed over time through postcard images and interact with others in a forum. The museum has teacher guides available for free that accompany this website. Contact the museum at 803-775-0908 for more details.

The sections of this website below are under construction
along with many others to come

Virtual Tour of the Museum

Kids Corner



Sumter County Museum
122 North Washington Street
P.O. Box 1456
Sumter, SC 29151-1456
Phone 803-775-0908
Hours: Thurs-Sat 10:00-5:00 Closed Holidays
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