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Sumter County - 12 Attractions You Must Visit

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About Sumter County

Sumter County, Georgia is located in south-central Georgia, just two hours south of Atlanta. With its rich soil and ample rainfall, the county is perfect for farming and produces some of the finest cotton in the state. In addition to its main agricultural production, Sumter County is home to many small businesses, corn mills, poultry farms, and textile plants that help to provide a diversified economy. The county provides plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation as well; it contains severa

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Attractions in Sumter County

Andersonville Civil War Village
Andersonville Civil War Village117 E Church St, Andersonville, GA 31711, USA
Outdoors- Other

Andersonville Civil War Village is a popular tourist destination in Sumter County. Located about 10 miles northwest of Americus, the village contains several Civil War-era buildings, bridges and sites including the National Prisoner of War Museum, Confederate cemetery and period homes from the 1800s. Visitors can explore the grounds and learn about Andersonville's significant role in America's history through interactive exhibits and artifacts featuring stories of civil war prisoners of war.

Andersonville National Historic Site
Andersonville National Historic SiteAndersonville, GA 31711, USA
Old Ruins

It is most notably home to the Confederate prisoner of war camp known as Camp Sumter, which was operated during the Civil War. The historic site serves today to memorialize the prisoners who suffered and perished there and helps the public remember the experiences of those incarcerated by offering multiple educational experiences both onsite and online. Additionally, its grounds are also a cemetery for unknown soldiers that first began operations in 1865 with more than 13,000 interments.

Billy Carter's Service Station
Billy Carter's Service Station104 E W Church St, Plains, GA 31780, USA
Old Ruins

Billy Carter's Service Station was an integral part of the community for over 37 years. Conveniently located right off the interstate, Billy offered excellent services in car tune-ups, repairs and rental cars. His expertise and knowledge made him a favorite among locals who received quick, efficient service with a friendly smile. Billy was an integral part of the community and supported local events by providing gasoline prizes to winners.

Georgia Rural Telephone Museum
Georgia Rural Telephone Museum135 N Bailey Ave, Leslie, GA 31764, USA

The Georgia Rural Telephone Museum is a fascinating tribute to the early days of telephones and telecommunications. First opened in 2005, the museum recreates the atmosphere associated with manual and automated switchboards from the late 19th to mid 20th century. Spanning from operators and linemen to telephone poles and equipment, visitors can explore the history not only of telephones but also computers, television, radio communication and more.

Hodges Field
Hodges FieldOld Stage Rd, Andersonville, GA 31711, USA
Outdoors- Other

Hodges Field spanning three hundred acres of nature preserves and public lands, this majestic estate is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including some endangered species. Trails wind through the woods for hikers to explore the natural beauty and connect with nature. There are also stocked fishing ponds where anglers can cast their line with the hopes of catching a big one. Other amenities available in this lovely park include picnic areas, athletic fields, and campgrounds.

Jimmy Carter National Historical Park
Jimmy Carter National Historical Park300 N Bond St, Plains, GA 31780, USA
Outdoors- Other

Jimmy Carter National Historical Park is a must-see for all history buffs. This popular tourist destination offers an educational experience like no other, with a range of interactive exhibits that pay homage to the life and legacy of President Jimmy Carter. Visitors can explore artifacts from his family history as well as pioneering promotional materials from the presidential campaign and beyond. Nature lovers may also enjoy the park's many outdoor activities.

Jimmy Carter Peanut of Plains Statue
Jimmy Carter Peanut of Plains Statue148 GA-45, Plains, GA 31780, USA

The Jimmy Carter Peanut of Plains Statue celebrates former President and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Jimmy Carter. Unveiled in June 2012, this bronze statue stands at 11 feet tall, located outside the Sumter County Courthouse. Surrounded by flowering plants and native shrubs, the statue was a gift from the artwork of Frank Hendrieth and unveiled by former First Lady Roslyn Carter. The sculpture is meant to commemorate President Carter’s down-to-earth roots as a farmer.

Lake Blackshear
Lake Blackshear 307 E Lamar St, Americus, GA 31709, USA
Lake/ River/ Ponds

Lake Blackshear, is a popular destination for travelers seeking a peaceful getaway surrounded by tranquil mountains and lush forests. Spanning 8,500 acres of land with over 26 miles of shoreline, the lake offers visitors an abundance of recreational opportunities such as fishing, boating, camping, golfing, biking, and birdwatching. Its nearness to museums and other attractions in Americus make it easy for guests to experience all that the city has to offer.

PlainsPlains, GA 31780, USA
Old Towns

Plains, is a city full of cultural attractions and outdoor activities. It offers many great opportunities for relaxing such as excellent camping spots at nearby Lake Blackshear and great trails to stroll through on the historic Andersonville Trail. Residents also enjoy the annual Plains Peanut Festival that celebrates local cultures and businesses as well as offering food booths with delicious treats. For other recreational purposes, the citizens of Plains have access to several beautiful parks.

Rees Park
Rees Park409 Elm Ave, Americus, GA 31709, USA

Rees Park is a great place to take the family for a day of fun. The park features three gorgeous lakes that offer fantastic opportunities for swimming, fishing, and kayaking. There´s plenty of hiking trails within the park and camping spots as well. If you are looking to just relax and take in some sun there´s plenty of picnic areas near the lakefront that also feature outdoor grills for cooking up some tasty treats with family and friends.

The Plains Depot
The Plains Depot100 Main St, Plains, GA 31780, USA
Iconic Buildings

The Plains Depot, is a repurposed 19th century train station that functions today as a small museum. With the depot being constructed in 1891 and abandoned towards the end of the 20th century, historical artifacts inside the station appear as though they were frozen in time. The interior walls boast artifacts such as early farming tools, old photographs and documents that chronicle railroad activity within the town.

Windsor Hotel
Windsor Hotel125 W Lamar St, Americus, GA 31709, USA
Luxury Stays
Iconic Buildings

The Windsor Hotel built in the late 19th century during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, it has been meticulously restored and renovated over the years. From its fine mahogany furniture and elaborate marble tubs to its antique chandeliers, this luxurious hotel has all the modern amenities in an old-world atmosphere. It boasts top-of-the-line amenities such as a full service spa, fitness center, grand ballroom, restaurant and bar, swimming pool.

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