As Sumter’s namesake, Revolutionary War hero General Thomas Sumter, could not have possibly foreseen the city’s journey, growth, and success experienced as an important supply and railroad repair center moving cotton, timber, and tobacco nor as a leader in textiles, manufacturing, medical and biotech industries. He could not have imagined the city as home to one of the most important military bases in the country. He definitely could not envision a city that was known for its… flowers? Flowers, really. But these are all true and part of the history of Sumter, a city of more than 40,000 people; a city that maintains all the charm of the antebellum era while positioning itself to achieve excellence in the 21st century.