Sumter County Historical Society
The Sumter County Historical Society meets every 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Sumter County Museum (Old Library Building) located at 217 N. Market Street, Bushnell. Our museum is open to the public every Friday from 1-4pm.
Sumter County has a rich history, that we strive to collect, and communicate to the residents of the county. Because of this, the Sumter County Historical Society solicits historical information from the residents of the county so it can be passed on to the next generation. In particular we are interested in information on the following settlements:
Edenfield, Cumpresco, Pemberton (Pemberton Ferry) Warnell, Wilson’s Corner, Croom-a-Coochee, The Green Settlement (Green Plantation), Beville’s Corner, Carlson’s Landing, Kelven, Jerry Taylor Landing, Tema, Abraham's Town (Pilaklikaha), Terrell, Scott’s Mills, Bamboo, Rerdell, Long Hammock, Rockhouse Gardens, and Cherry Lake.
Additionally, the Sumter County Historical Society request copies of photographs of Sumter County. The older the better! Especially photographs of:
Schools, Towns, Churches, Festivals/Fairs, Farm Life, Aerials, Exterior/Interior photos of historic buildings/homes, and any photos of the Sumter County Courthouses past and present. Courthouses were located in these following cities: Adamsville, Leesburg, Sumterville and Bushnell.
The mission statement of the Sumter County Historical Society is:
“To collect, preserve, promote and communicate the history of Sumter County.”
The Sumter County Historical Society, is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 member-supported organization, it is dedicated to the preservation and interpretation of the history of the County Of Sumter Florida. In fulfilling this goal, the Society will:
Collect, preserve and interpret genealogical, biographical, architectural, cultural and historical matter pertaining to the county of Sumter
Own, preserve and open to the public such historical buildings, as it shall acquire
Make its resources accessible to researchers, genealogists, and the general public
Hold meetings, create exhibits, sponsor programs and run special events for the education and enjoyment of its members, and the general public
Act in cooperation with public and private entities to promote awareness of and interest in Sumter's history and heritage and the present and future development of the county.
As an educational and research institution, Sumter County Historical Society teaches Sumter County history through collections, scholarly publications, and research services