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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Sumter, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Sumter and the surrounding area.

  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Sumter:
    • 33.920313, -80.340142
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Sumter
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Sumter ...

We have found four communities that share the name Sumter.

Within South Carolina, the name Sumter is unique.

Beyond South Carolina, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Jefferson County
      • This Sumter is located in Jefferson County and lies 392 miles [630.9 km]<1> to the west of the Sumter that is located in Sumter County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumter
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Sumter.
    • Georgia
      • Sumter County
      • This Sumter is located in Sumter County and lies 264 miles [424.9 km]<1> to the west southwest of the Sumter that is located in Sumter County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumter
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Sumter County community of Sumter.
    • Minnesota
      • McLeod County
      • This Sumter is located in McLeod County and lies 1,051 miles [1,691.4 km]<1> to the northwest of the Sumter that is located in Sumter County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumter
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the McLeod County community of Sumter.
    • Nebraska
      • Valley County
      • This Sumter is located in Valley County and lies 1,134 miles [1,825 km]<1> to the northwest of the Sumter that is located in Sumter County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sumter
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Valley County community of Sumter.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Sumter ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Burns Down [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Burns Down
    • Burns Down [Sumter County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Sumter
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Burns Down have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Burns Down
  • Edgewater [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Edgewater
    • Edgewater [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the west of Sumter
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Edgewater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Edgewater
  • Flowers Heights [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flowers Heights
    • Flowers Heights [Sumter County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Sumter
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flowers Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flowers Heights
  • Green Acres [Sumter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Green Acres
    • Green Acres [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southeast of Sumter
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Green Acres have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Green Acres
  • Continue List   (8 more) ...
    • Greenwood [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Greenwood
      • Greenwood [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the northeast of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Greenwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Greenwood
    • Iris Heights [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iris Heights
      • Iris Heights [Sumter County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the west of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iris Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Iris Heights
    • Kingman Heights [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kingman Heights
      • Kingman Heights [Sumter County] lies less than 2 miles<1> to the south of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kingman Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kingman Heights
    • Mulberry [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mulberry
      • Mulberry [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mulberry have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mulberry
    • Richwood [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Richwood
      • Richwood [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the east of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Richwood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Richwood
    • Shady Grove [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shady Grove
      • Shady Grove [Sumter County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the southwest of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shady Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shady Grove
    • Tiller Circle [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tiller Circle
      • Tiller Circle [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Tiller Circle have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tiller Circle
    • Walnut Hills [Sumter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Walnut Hills
      • Walnut Hills [Sumter County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of Sumter
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Walnut Hills have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Walnut Hills

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding Sumter. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Lawrence Eugene 'Larry' Doby     (Major League Baseball)
      • Major League Baseball. He was born in Camden (SC) on December 13, 1923 (a Thursday) and died in Montclair (NJ) on June 18, 2003 (a Wednesday) at the age of 79. The body was cremated.
      • Camden is located 27 miles [43.5 km] to the northwest of Sumter.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Lawrence Eugene 'Larry' Doby<3>
    • Althea Gibson     (Professional tennis)
      • Professional tennis. She was born in Silver (SC) on August 25, 1927 (a Thursday) and died on September 28, 2003 (a Sunday) at the age of 76. She is buried at Rosedale Cemetery (Essex County, New Jersey).
      • Silver is located 16 miles [25.7 km] to the south of Sumter.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Althea Gibson<3>
    • Robert N. 'Bobcat' Montgomery, Sr.     (Professional boxer)
    • Angelica Van Buren     (Daughter-in-law of Martin Van Buren - since he was a widower, Angelica served as the de facto First Lady for the Van Buren Presidency (1837 - 1841))
      • Daughter-in-law of Martin Van Buren - since he was a widower, Angelica served as the de facto First Lady for the Van Buren Presidency (1837 - 1841). She was born in Wedgefield (SC) on February 13, 1818 (a Friday) and died in New York (NY) on December 29, 1877 (a Saturday) at the age of 59.
      • Wedgefield is located 10 miles [16.1 km] to the west of Sumter.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Angelica Van Buren<3>

How Far From Sumter to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers & Almanacs that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as Sumter to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in Sumter and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Columbia, which is the State Capital of South Carolina, lies 40 miles [64.4 km]<1> to the west (W). If you could walk a straight line from Sumter to Columbia, with an average speed<4> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take over two days to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take just about two full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 389 miles [626 km] to the north northeast (NNE). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take most of a day, a buggy would take 16 days and walking would take 23 days.
    • The shortest distance<5> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,256 miles [10,068.1 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<6>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 6,948 miles [11,181.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 4,831 miles [7,774.7 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>

Other Roadside Stops ...

Index of Cities, Towns and Villages for South Carolina

About Sumter County

About South Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Sumter: www.sumtersc.gov/

The official website for Sumter County: www.sumtercountysc.org/

The official website for State of South Carolina: https://sc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sumter) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sumter. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SumterOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sumter. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 33.9203, Longitude: -80.3401    
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<4>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<5>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Sumter to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<6>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 309.929 degrees.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 305.028 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 307.694 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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