Located in southwest Georgia, Sumter County lies 135 miles south of Atlanta. Sumter, the state’s 18th county, was created from Lee County, now situated to its south.
The county was named for General Thomas Sumter 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.
Sumter County is comprised of Americus, the County seat, as well as the cities of Leslie, De Soto, Andersonville, Cobb and Plains.
Andersonville, a small village nine miles north of Americus in the county’s northern edge, was selected by Confederate authorities as the site for a prisoner war camp. The City of Plains, a small community on the county’s western edge, is the home of America’s 39th President, Jimmy Carter. President Carter was born and raised on a peanut farm in Plains.
Sumter is also home to the Historic Windsor Hotel, the international headquarters of Habitat for Humanity, the Georgia Rural Telephone Museum and the first solo flight of Charles A. Lindbergh from Souther Field. Additionally, Sumter County includes two colleges, Georgia Southwestern State University, established in 1906, and South Georgia Technical College, originally a training base for American and British aviators during World War I.