Our new website will be ready soon. Our Home page is available to keep visitors to the site up to date. All other pages have been disabled temporarily as we finish the new design. We know this has been a difficult year for everyone, and we are so grateful for your continued support. We are in uncharted waters. COVID-19 is present nearly everywhere. The Museum has an important role to play by continuing to serve our community in unique thoughtful, and safe ways.

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Midlands Gives, ONLINE GIVING DAY- Tuesday, May 4th, 6:00am to 10:00pm

We look forward to this event every year! It gives so many non-profits an infusion of support they would not normally have fundraising as a single entity. Each year we have a plan of how we will use the funds raised from Midlands Gives. This year we are focusing on changes and equipment needed for guests to enjoy our outdoor spaces in a wider variety of ways.

We plan to purchase outdoor equipment such as picnic tables and tents to provide safe, fresh air programs and events. We are incredibly lucky to have several large outdoor spaces that enable us to host in-person, smaller versions of our tri-annual Carolina Backcountry living history days, which have brought in thousands of visitors over the years and is just one of many free events we offer. We see in the community a need for safe recreation. The Museum has such large outdoor areas we want to utilize these green spaces much more while encouraging our guests to visit and enjoy the beautiful grounds.

Besides the Carolina Backcountry Homestead, the museum features the spacious Martha Brice Gardens, originally landscaped by Robert Marvin in the 1960s. This historic and beautiful area provides a safe setting to host additional socially distanced educational programming in fresh air. We also want guests to enjoy our grounds even when the buildings are not open. We leave the grounds open when the Museum is closed so people have an opportunity to enjoy these beautiful spaces even if our hours of operation don't fit their busy schedules.


Matching Sponsors!: Special thanks to Sumter Utilities and Black River Electric Cooperative for each providing a $500 match, allowing the museum to advertise a $1 for $1 match up to $1,000! This means a donor’s $10 donation is really $20. A $100 is really $200! Check out our giving page here: https://www.midlandsgives.org/sumtercountymuseum


Talk and Book Signing with author Mary Alice Monroe for her latest novel The Summer of Lost and Found

The nationally bestselling Beach House series returns with this tender and compassionate novel following the historic Rutledge family of Charleston, South Carolina as they face a summer of upheaval and change with perseverance, a spirit of unity, and a dose of humor.

The coming of Spring usually means renewal, but for Linnea Rutledge, Spring 2020 threatens stagnation. Linnea faces another layoff, this time from the aquarium she adores. For her—and her family—finances, emotions, and health teeter at the brink. To complicate matters, her new love interest, Gordon, struggles to return to the Isle of Palms from England. Meanwhile, her old flame, John, turns up from California and is quarantining next door. She tries to ignore him, but when he sends her plaintive notes in the form of paper airplanes, old sparks ignite. When Gordon at last reaches the island, Linnea wonders—is it possible to love two men at the same time?

Love in the time of coronavirus proves challenging, at times humorous, and ever changing. Relationships are redefined, friendships made and broken, and marriages tested. As the weeks turn to months, and another sea turtle season comes to a close, Linnea discovers there are more meaningful lessons learned during this summer than opportunities lost, that summer is a time of wonder, and that the exotic lives in our own back yards. In The Summer of Lost and Found, Linnea and the Rutledge family continue to face their challenges with the strength, faith, and commitment that has inspired readers for decades.

In The Summer of Lost and Found, Mary Alice Monroe once again delves into the complexities of family relationships and brings her signature “sensitive and true” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author) storytelling to this poignant and timely novel of love, courage, and resilience.

McKenzie Hall, Tuesday, May 18th, 5:00 pm, $30 Members, $35 Public
*includes a hardback copy of the book
*light refreshments will be served
*registration is required

Talk and Book Signing with Susan Cushman for the novel John and Mary Margaret

John and Mary Margaret is a rare insider’s look into the white privilege bubble of a young girl growing up in Jackson, Mississippi and participating in sorority life on the Ole Miss campus in the late 1960s. But it’s also a candid portrayal of a young Black boy from Memphis who follows his dream to study law at the predominantly white university.
What happens when their shared love for literature blossoms into an ill-fated romance? Spanning five decades of historical civil rights events in Mississippi and Memphis, John and Mary Margaret’s story will challenge the status quo and give us another opportunity to examine our history and our hearts.
This talk and book signing is FREE and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.


McKenzie Hall, June, 8th, 2021 5:30 pm, Free and open to the public
*copies of the book will be available for sale
*light refreshments will be served


Home Economics - Basic Hand Stitching
Bushcraft Camp
IMPORTANT COVID ANNOUNCEMENT: All upcoming programs are contingent on public accessibility during this time. Workshops have been modified to protect students and staff from COVID-19. Our guests health and safety are important to us. The following measures are in place during all workshops and classes:
Registration is limited to 10 students.
Workshop to take place either outside or in large Multipurpose Room spaced to accommodate social distancing.
Seating spaced 6+ feet apart.
Each student will have dedicated supplies, none shared.
Increased emphasis on hand washing.
All surfaces and supplies disinfected before use.
Staff will wear masks when in close contact with students.
If students bring drinks only one time use containers are allowed and the container should
have the student’s name written on it.
Click the link below to go to the Sumter County Museum’s General Health and Safety Guidelines:
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Please help us continue our mission and become a Friend of the Museum…

We understand this has been a difficult year for everyone, and we greatly appreciate your continued support of the Museum. We are in uncharted waters. COVID-19 is present nearly everywhere, and our community is no exception. The Sumter County Museum has an important role to play by continuing to best serve our community in unique and thoughtful ways.

We hope that you have had the chance to participate in some of the Museum’s online efforts, including our live book chats with New York Times bestselling authors, demonstrations of early 19th century crafts and skills, free painting workshops, watched our new series “From the Collection with Charles Broadwell,” and our new digital Scavenger Hunt in our Carolina Backcountry Homestead. Maybe you’ve attended some of our socially-distanced events, like our popular Wreath Workshops and Backcountry Living History days.

Levels of Membership

…or Donate any amount.


Annie Rivers, Executive Director arivers@sumtercountymuseum.org

Amanda Cox, Education and Visitor Services Manager acox@sumtercountymuseum.org

Charles Broadwell, Curator of Collections cbroadwell@sumtercountymuseum.org

Diana Roof, Temple Sinai Jewish History Center Site Manager dianasue@sc.rr.com

Deborah Watts, Carolina Backcountry Manager information@sumtercountymuseum.org

Josh Brown, Grounds Keeping information@sumtercountymuseum.org



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Williams Brice House
122 N. Washington St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Thursdays 10am to 5pm
Fridays 10am to 5pm
Saturdays 10am to 5pm

Temple Sinai Jewish History Center
11 Church St.
Sumter, SC 29150

Thursdays 1pm to 4pm
Fridays 1pm to 4pm
Saturdays 10am to1pm