Sumter Historic Trust

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President: Meredith Owen Board of Directors: Bunny Byrne Leila Case Charles F. Crisp II Kim Christmas Chet Crowley James Edgemon Angie Flegel Hope Henderson Marylynne V Joiner Lee Kinnamon Amanda Kutlzer Mark Minick Tara Mitchell Nick Owens Faith Pinnell Kathleen Tucker Brenda Tyson Meredith Owen Jessica Simmons John Stovall Meg Scott Usrey

“Adventures Through Sumter County History” kicks off Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9am!!  There are a few spots remaining ...
05/29/2019

“Adventures Through Sumter County History” kicks off Monday, June 3, 2019 at 9am!!

There are a few spots remaining for the 2019 Sumter Historic Trust History Camp. Complete the below registration form and submit at The LOOK Salon Studio or scan and email to [email protected].

The Sumter Historic Trust presents the 2019 Summer History Camp through the generosity of the joint sponsorship of the Mix Foundation and the Charles R. Crisp Preservation Trust. We are excited to have Georgia Southwestern State University graduate, Allison Beckelhymer, leading this fun learning experience for rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Campers will explore Sumter County history and learn about the local native American Indian tribe and early settlers, the role Sumter County played in the Civil War, Post-Civil War, and the 20th Century.

Campers will experience hands-on learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Our lead educator will take the campers on an adventure where they will learn about the significant historical events that took place in Sumter County in a manner they may not have otherwise experienced.

Summer is on it’s way and it’s the perfect time for weddings, reunions, and parties on the veranda! Call or text us ...
05/23/2019

Summer is on it’s way and it’s the perfect time for weddings, reunions, and parties on the veranda! Call or text us to schedule your event. Contact Nick Owens (229-886-9612) or Marylynne Joiner (229-938-3534) for availability and details. #theleecouncilhouse

If you are looking for the perfect location for your next event (wedding, bridal shower/party, family/class reunion, etc...
04/02/2019

If you are looking for the perfect location for your next event (wedding, bridal shower/party, family/class reunion, etc) please consider The Lee Council House. Contact Marylynne Vasbinder Joiner(229-938-3534) or Nick Owens(229-886-9612) for more information. #theleecouncilhouse

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03/10/2019

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03/02/2019

Final prep is underway for the Spring Party tonight! Low country boil, live band, open bar. All for $30!!! Yes you read that right. We have a pair of premium beer festival tickets up for auction in case you’re looking. Along with a ton of other great items! See you there!! Starts at 6:00.

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02/25/2019

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02/24/2019

Thank you to all that came out to enjoy the beautiful weather and the behind the scenes tour of Plains, GA. I think everyone enjoyed Kim Fuller’s take on “growing up Carter,” and our special treat of being able to tour the Carter Compound. Pictures will be posted soon. Make sure you have April 28, 2019 marked on your calendar and join us for our Andersonville tour. Also, don’t miss our Spring Party & Auction next Saturday on March 2nd at 6pm - see the events page for more details - tickets can be purchased in person from any board member or at The LOOK Salon Studio.

We still have a few tickets for this weekend's tour of #plainsga! Ride the trolley with Kim Fuller, Executive Director o...
02/22/2019

We still have a few tickets for this weekend's tour of #plainsga! Ride the trolley with Kim Fuller, Executive Director of the Friends of #JimmyCarter #nationalhistoricsite, on this exclusive behind-the-scenes tour. Link in bio!
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#presidentcarter #sumtercounty #myamericus #americusga #historytour #thisplacematters #history

Fling into Spring with us at our annual spring party. Put on your best hat and join us for a rocking band, open bar and ...
02/16/2019

Fling into Spring with us at our annual spring party. Put on your best hat and join us for a rocking band, open bar and auctions with must-have swag! Ticket link in bio.

01/31/2019

Be sure and mark your calendar for our Spring Party and Auction on Saturday, March 2nd. Low Country Boil, Live Music and some fantastic items up for auction.

If you are looking for the perfect location for your next event (wedding, bridal shower/party, family/class reunion, etc...
01/30/2019

If you are looking for the perfect location for your next event (wedding, bridal shower/party, family/class reunion, etc), please consider The Lee Council House. Contact Marylynne Vasbinder Joiner (229-938-3534) or Nick Owens (229-886-9612) for more information. #theleecouncilhouse

01/22/2019
How to Become a Member of the Trust

The Sumter Historic Trust is accepting memberships for the 2019 membership year. Becoming a member of the Sumter Historic Trust is a win-win. You gain advanced access to our events at discounted rates, while supporting the Trust's mission to preserve and promote the heritage of Georgia's Sumter County.

Download a membership form today at https://www.sumterhistorictrust.org/membership.html (or click the link below).

Please mail your completed membership form and payment to PO Box 961, Americus, GA 31709.

Like us on Facebook and check out our upcoming events for 2019.

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01/01/2019
How to Become a Member of the Trust

Happy New Year!

As 2019 begins, so does our membership year. We look forward to another successful year with our returning members and new members.

Please mail your completed membership form and payment to PO Box 961, Americus, GA 31709. A membership form can be viewed and downloaded from our web site by going to www.sumterhistorictrust.org membership tab.

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12/22/2018
Americus - Sumter County Tourism

Americus - Sumter County Tourism

Due to the partial Federal Government shut-down, our National Historic Sites: Andersonville National Historic Site and Jimmy Carter National Site will be closed until further notice. The Andersonville National Cemetery gates will be open. We are sorry for the inconvenience.

Americus - Sumter County Tourism
12/10/2018

Americus - Sumter County Tourism

On Friday, December 14th, a convoy of trucks, police, fire, Patriot Guards, and a Huey helicopter will leave McDonough, Georgia on a mission to bring 10,000 wreaths to Andersonville National Historic Site. The wreaths will be placed on the graves of fallen veterans buried in Andersonville National Cemetery at noon on Saturday, December 15th.

The cargo of 10,000 wreaths shatters the previous record of 3,654 brought last year and means that almost half of the national cemetery will be graced with wreaths this year. “It will be an incredible sight,” said Andersonville National Historic Site Superintendent Charles Sellars.

The procession will leave McDonough on Friday morning at 9:45 am and travel south on Highway 19. They will traverse the portion of Highway 19 named for SFC Victor A. Anderson, who was killed in action in Iraq and who is buried in Andersonville National Cemetery. One of the wreaths they will carry is destined for SFC Anderson’s grave.

The procession will arrive in Americus at approximately 11:30 am. We invite veterans and all supporters of our military to come out and welcome them as they drive on East Lamar Street through Americus. The caravan will then turn north onto Highway 49 and continue to Andersonville National Historic Site, where the wreaths will be unloaded and staged for placement the next day.

The incredible number of wreaths sponsored this year is thanks to the efforts of Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America. Bennett International transported wreaths to Andersonville National Cemetery last year. When they learned of the park’s goal to place a wreath on each of the over 20,000 graves in the cemetery, they pledged to help increase the number of wreaths brought in 2018. The Taylor Foundation joined the effort as well, and it has been extraordinarily successful, almost tripling the number of wreaths sponsored.

“It is both humbling and exciting to see such support,” said Superintendent Sellars. “We are grateful to Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America for their help in honoring those laid to rest in Andersonville National Cemetery.”

A record number of wreaths will require a record number of volunteers! The park is asking everyone to come out on Saturday, December 15th to help place wreaths, some of which are marked for specific graves. Volunteers can arrive at Andersonville National Cemetery to register starting at 11:00 am.

At 12:00 pm the Civil Air Patrol will conduct a brief ceremony to honor America's armed forces. Afterward, everyone will be invited to help place wreaths on gravesites as a special way to remember our fallen military who are no longer here for the holidays. Attendees may also bring a wreath to place on a specific grave or on one of thousands of unvisited graves.

Wreaths Across America is a national program that encourages individuals, community groups, and families to sponsor wreaths for placement in national cemeteries throughout the United States. At Andersonville National Historic Site, we want to make sure that each of the more than 20,000 gravesites in the cemetery is decorated with a wreath at least once. To accomplish this, undesignated wreaths are placed sequentially and rotated from one cemetery section to the next each year. For 2018, undesignated wreaths will be placed in Sections F, K, Q, J, I, and the Memorial Section.

Andersonville National Cemetery includes over 20,000 graves and will continue to grow as additional veterans are buried. We want every veteran buried in the cemetery to be honored and remembered for their service and sacrifice. With the partnership of Bennett International, the Taylor Foundation, the Civil Air Patrol, and Wreaths Across America, the park has set a new goal of 20,000 wreaths by 2020!

We hope you will join us on Saturday, December 15th and help us pay tribute to those who sacrificed so much for this country by placing a wreath on a veteran’s grave.

Beginning December 1, 2017, wreaths no larger than 20 inches and floral blankets no larger than 2 feet by 3 feet are permitted in the cemetery. Wreaths should be brought in person, or delivered by a florist, directly to the gravesite. To find the location of a specific grave, please visit http://gravelocator.cem.va.gov or stop at the National Prisoner of War Museum for assistance.

Andersonville National Historic Site is located 10 miles south of Oglethorpe, GA and 10 miles northeast of Americus, GA on Georgia Highway 49. The national park features the National Prisoner of War Museum, Andersonville National Cemetery and the site of the historic Civil War prison, Camp Sumter. -Andersonville National Historic Site is the only national park within the National Park System to serve as a memorial to all American prisoners of war. Park grounds are open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The National Prisoner of War Museum is open 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., daily. Admission is free. For more information on the park, call 229 924-0343, or visit at www.nps.gov/ande/. Visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AndersonvilleNPS or on Twitter www.twitter.com/andeNHS.

The Sumter Historic Trust held the Annual Meeting tonight with our guest speakers representing the Campbell Chapel AME C...
11/14/2018

The Sumter Historic Trust held the Annual Meeting tonight with our guest speakers representing the Campbell Chapel AME Church (Brenda Tyson) and The Americus Civil Rights Center Initiative which is looking to restore and rehabilitate the historic Colored Hospital (Sam Malone). More fundraising information to follow for restoration efforts on these historic Americus landmarks. Thanks to all who attended! #sumterhistorictrust #history #preservation #americus

Please note the previous registration form was published with incorrect dates. The correct dates for the 2018 History Ca...
05/16/2018

Please note the previous registration form was published with incorrect dates. The correct dates for the 2018 History Camp are July 16 to July 20, 2018. You can download and print the registration form from our web site by going to www.sumterhistorictrust.org History Camp page

05/15/2018

The Sumter Historic Trust presents the 2018 Sumter Historic Trust Summer History Camp through the generosity of the joint sponsorship of the Mix Foundation and the Charles R. Crisp Preservation Trust. We are excited to have Georgia Southwestern State University graduate, Ashley Denby, leading this fun learning experience for rising 7th and 8th graders. Campers will explore Sumter County history and learn about the local native American Indian tribe and early settlers, the role Sumter County played in the Civil War, Post-Civil War, and the 20th Century. Campers will experience hands-on learning in a relaxed atmosphere. Our lead educator will take the campers on an adventure where they will learn about the significant historical events that took place in Sumter County in a manner they may not have otherwise experienced.SAVE THE DATE: The 2018 SHT History Camp for rising 7th and 8th graders will be heldJuly 16 – 20, 2018. Please mark your calendars and plan to send your campers for a funfilled week of local history as we go on “Adventures Through Sumter County History.

05/07/2018
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03/27/2018

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2018 Porch Tour was held on March 25, 2018. Mother Nature provided a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the hospitality of Mik...
03/27/2018

2018 Porch Tour was held on March 25, 2018. Mother Nature provided a beautiful afternoon to enjoy the hospitality of Mike and Andrea Powell at 201 Taylor Street; John and Whitney Crisp at 155 Taylor Street; Senator George Hooks at 145 Taylor Street; Charles Crisp at 139 Taylor Street and John Edgemon, Sr. at 129 Taylor Street. Thanks to all who came to support Sumter Historic Trust. Proceeds from the Porch Tour will go to fund the Trust's Revolving Fund.

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03/24/2018

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On March 22,2018 Sumter Historic Trust presented the first of it's scheduled Lecture Series: "Seizing Freedom in Sumter ...
03/24/2018

On March 22,2018 Sumter Historic Trust presented the first of it's scheduled Lecture Series: "Seizing Freedom in Sumter County Georgia".

This is the first in a series of lectures sponsored by Sumter Historic Trust and the guest speaker is Evan Kutzler, PhD – Author and GSW Assistant Professor - Southwest Georgia underwent a rapid transformation in the Civil War Era. While the military story is represented on the modern landscape in historic sites and markers, African Americans—who made up a majority of the Southwest Georgia population—are under represented. This presentation discusses those local experiences of slavery and freedom.

Sandra Smith and Sue Chambliss, classmates of Carolyn Kinnebrew Daniel, presented Sumter Historic Trust a portrait of Ca...
03/23/2018

Sandra Smith and Sue Chambliss, classmates of Carolyn Kinnebrew Daniel, presented Sumter Historic Trust a portrait of Carolyn commissioned by the graduating class of 1962 from Americus High School.

03/21/2018
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Remember the Sumter Historic Trust Porch Tour is at 2 PM on Taylor Street, March 25th. Advanced Tickets are $20 and $25 on the day of the tour.

03/13/2018
Spring has sprung at the Lee council house! Stop by and see the memorial camellia garden now in full bloom
02/16/2018

Spring has sprung at the Lee council house! Stop by and see the memorial camellia garden now in full bloom

Looks like an early Spring for The Lee Council House! If you haven’t already, swing by and take a look at our memorial...
02/16/2018

Looks like an early Spring for The Lee Council House! If you haven’t already, swing by and take a look at our memorial camellia garden. Now in bloom!

02/01/2018

The first of Sumter Historic Trust’s 2018 lecture series “Seizing Freedom in Sumter County” is set for Thursday, March 22 beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with the program presented by Evan Kutzler, PhD, assistant professor of history at Georgia Southwestern University. The lecture focuses on the African American experience at Andersonville Prison before, during and after the Civil War. Everyone is invited. There is no charge.

Did you know the Lee Council House has a  large conference room that can accommodate your off site office meetings? Well...
12/10/2017

Did you know the Lee Council House has a large conference room that can accommodate your off site office meetings? Well it does!! Contact Marylynne Vasbinder Joiner or Nick Owens to schedule your event today! #wearemorethanweddings #myamericus

Let us do the decorating for your family or company Christmas party!  Been wanting to throw that big New Year's Eve bash...
12/06/2017

Let us do the decorating for your family or company Christmas party! Been wanting to throw that big New Year's Eve bash? Now is the time to do it. We have the perfect place! Call or text us for more information. 229/886-9612 (Nick Owens) or 229/938-3534 (Marylynne Vasbinder Joiner) #leecouncilhouse

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