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County Formed December 26, 1831
County Seat Americus
Incorporated Cities Americus, Andersonville, DeSoto, Leslie and Plains
Total Area 492.557369 square miles

History

From its county population in 2000 of 33244 to its current population estimate of 31232, the county has experienced a growth change of -2012.

Sumter County, in southwest Georgia, was established December 26, 1831. The county was named for General Thomas Sumter (1734-1832) of South Carolina. At the time of the county's creation, the general was ninety-seven years old and the last surviving general of the American Revolution (1775-83).

Sumter County counts a U.S. president among its native sons. Jimmy Carter was born and raised on a peanut farm in Plains, a small community on the county's western edge.

Points of Interest

President Jimmy Carter's birthplace and childhood home has been designated a national historic site and is open for tours.

Andersonville National Historic Site- the only park in the National Park System to serve as memorial to all American prisoners of war throughout the nation’s history. The 495 acre park consist of the historic prison site and National Cemetery.

G.L. Norman’s historic Windsor hotel , an outstanding example of High Victorian or Queen Anne architecture.

The National Park Service has recently completed restoration of President Carter's boyhood home in Archery, outside of Plains, and has designated it a National Historic Site.

Notable Citizens

Jimmy Carter, former President of the United States and former Governor of Georgia, is from Plains.

Higher Education

Georgia Southwestern State University and South Georgia Technical College

County http://www.sumtercountyga.us/
Chamber of Commerce http://www.americus-sumterchamber.com/
Additional County Info http://www.georgiaplanning.com/CountyPortal/countyportal.asp?FIPS=13261
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State of Georgia



P.O.W. Museum-Andersonville National Park


Downtown Plains


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