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Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective

July 25, 2018
By Elise Osteen

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Rolling Around Sumter

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Gallery Classroom Flowers

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Gallery Wall Art

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Thomas Sumter Statue

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Sumter Court House

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Statue Outside Gallery

If you’re just passing through Sumter, it might just look like another basic little town. But, if you stop to look around and pay attention to the entertaining activities and rich history that lies here, you’d be impressed, just like I was.

 I started my adventure off with a new local restaurant in downtown Sumter, The Sidewalk Café. I invited my friend Walker to come eat with me (mostly so I didn’t look like a loner eating by myself again.) The Caesar salad was delicious, and Walker rated his chicken salad sandwich and side salad (without tomatoes, of course) a “5/5.” The waitress said it was originally Watson Pharmacy, but is now a really cute café with really good food. It has been open since November of last year, so if you haven’t tried it yet, I suggest you do.

I passed by Lincoln High School on my way to my next stop, which I’ve never really heard anything about. That’s probably because it’s no longer open, but still, I wanted to check it out, because why not? It was open from 1874-1969 until it merged with Edmunds High School in 1969 to form Sumter High School. You learn something new every day, or at least I did today.

Knowing my friend Carly loves having fun just as much as I do, I asked her to come roller skating with me. Not really what I had planned for twelve o’clock on a Wednesday, but neither of us had been to Gamecocks on Wheels in years, and what’s more entertaining than wearing shoes with wheels and trying not to fall? We were definitely the oldest skaters in there by five years, but that just added to the experience.

Next on my list was the Sumter County Gallery of Art, which really is one of my personal favorite places to visit. Being able to admire other artists work from all over the area is truly remarkable. Walking through the classrooms upstairs made me nostalgic since I practically lived there in my childhood years.  The gallery opened in 1970 after the Sumter Artists Guild decided they wanted to establish a place to display their work along with other outside artists. The gallery eventually moved from its original location on Liberty to a home on Main Street built in 1850. Sumter County renovated part of the former Edmunds High School in 1850 into Patriot Hall, and later made the science wing into the gallery’s new location in 2003, where it still is today. And that, folks, is your history lesson for today. No need to thank me.

I brought my camera along for the ride and took some pictures at the Sumter Court House. It has been in operation since 1802 at its current location on Harvin but was wasn’t completely finished until 1806. I probably looked like a creep walking around taking pictures on the main lawn, but you gotta do whatcha gotta do. Most people probably never notice the World War II memorial or the statue of Thomas Sumter out front, but they’re there, and I have pictures to prove it. If you ever have time and want to learn some quick facts about the man this town was named after, I’ll leave it up to you to go check it out. You know you wanna.

My last stop of the day was probably (most definitely) the least historic place I visited. You guessed it- Pelicans, again. After I branched out Monday and ordered something other than pink lemonade, I decided to go with the strawberry cheesecake yet again. It’s now my favorite. I ran into some friends of mine, which goes to show how popular this place is, even at two o’clock on a weekday. And, if you’re wondering if my tongue is bright red again, it is, but it’s totally worth it.

 


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Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Rolling Around Sumter

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Gallery Classroom Flowers

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Gallery Wall Art

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Thomas Sumter Statue

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Sumter Court House

Discovering ‘New’ Places - A Teenage Perspective
Statue Outside Gallery