Sumter County, Georgia - Our Home

We live and work in Americus, the county seat or government center of Sumter County. Also, in Sumter County you will find the towns of Plains, Andersonville and Leslie plus several unincorporated communities.

Sumter County is known around the World as the home of the 39th President Jimmy Carter and his family. The World Headquarters of Habitat for Humanity is also located here.

The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site operated by the National Park Service now encompasses most of the city of Plains. Plains High School where both Jimmy and Rosalynn attended has been restored and today is the official high school of Georgia. A museum located in the high school tells the story of Carter's rise to national prominence and the story of the town of Plains during the Great Depression and how it coped with the changing social issues of the times. The site also includes the Boyhood Farm of Jimmy Carter.

To commemorate those who gave their lives during the Civil War as well as veterans of later wars, the Andersonville National Historic Site was established. The National Prisoner Of War Museum which is located here was opened in April of 1998.  Over ten years of work and dedication on the part of American former POWs tells in great detail the story of their sacrifices for our country and freedom. The fact that freedom is hard won and was long fought for will be preserved for generations to come.

With all necessary supplies for the prison being shipped to this point, the Village of Andersonville became the supply center for the operation. The famous Drummer Boy Civil War Museum along with antique shops and a restaurant can be found here. Whether you prefer a place to hook-up your RV for the night or stay at the Bed and Breakfast, Andersonville can accommodate your needs. Held on Memorial Day Weekend (the last weekend in May), the Andersonville Antique Fair attracts many visitors each year. Later in the year, The Andersonville Historic fair is held during the first weekend in October. If you would like more information contact the Andersonville Guild at 912-924-2558.

Leslie, Georgia, is home to one of the largest collections of antique telephones and telephone memorabilia in the world at The Georgia Rural Telephone Museum.

Georgia Southwestern State University, a small, public four-year institution, part of the University System of Georgia is located in Americus.

South Georgia Technical College located near historic Souther Field where Charles Lindbergh purchased a "jenny" and first soloed in 1923, offers studies in many technical fields including aviation maintenance. The school site near Americus was once a training facility for American and British pilots during World War I.

Recognized over the years for its high school football teams, Americus High School was the home of professional football coach Dan Reeves of the Atlanta Falcons and collegiate football coach Chan Gailey of the Georgia Tech yellow jackets.  Kent Hill was a valuable player for many years with the L.A. Rams and many others were outstanding athletes at various colleges while participating in football as well as other sports. Victor Green of the New York Jets is another area standout. A friend of mine, Malcolm King played for Americus High School and went on to play four years as a running back at Georgia Tech where during a game with Clemson in "death valley" he physically met William (Refrigerator) Perry. Yet another Americus High School football star Alonzo Jackson was the 2003 second round draft choice of the Pittsburg Steelers. Olympic Champion swimmer Angel Myers Martino is also from Americus. Oh by the way, Bill Bowers grew up in Americus and is now the Stadium Voice of the Atlanta Braves at Ted Turner Field. Kathryn Fowler is an up and coming golf champion now playing at Ole Miss.

The area is well represented in the world of motorsports Star Racing of Americus in NHRA Drag Racing - Pro Stock Bike category. Star Performance Parts and the Star Racing Team are internationally recognized as a component producer, bike builder and competitor.  Star Racing has to its credit some 56+ event wins and six NHRA Points World Championships. Three championship wins with driver John Myers. The current driver is Angelle of New Orleans, LA who began racing in 1996 and finished second in 1999 NHRA Winston Points Standing after finishing the same in 1998. Angelle won the NHRA Winston Points World Championship in 2000 becoming only the second female in history to do so and the first one to do so on a motorcycle. Angelle took the top honor again in 2001 & 2002.  In his rookie year(1999), driver Fred Collis finished the year in first place in AMA/PROSTAR points and set a new record (Sep. 12, 1999) with a 7.192 e.t. to become the quickest  four-valve PRO STOCK Suzuki bike driver in the World. Fred Collis was also the champion for 2000 in AMA/PROSTAR. Star Performance Parts and Star Racing offers visitors tours by appointment.

Besides a distinguished career of service to the citizens of Georgia, retired Georgia State Patrol Captain John "Red" Farley has won many pistol shooting championships over the years and is eight-time national champion .45 ACP (Automatic Colt Pistol). Following in his footsteps are son David and grandson John.

Joanna Moore, mother of Tatum O'Neal who played among other roles the girlfriend of Andy Griffith in some of the early shows, grew up in Americus.

The historic 1892 Windsor Hotel was authentically restored and reopened as a full service hotel in 1991. The Windsor offers 53 unique guests rooms, the Grand Dining Room, Floyd's Pub and a three-tier atrium lobby of carved golden oak with balconies overlooking the first floor lobby. Guests as distinguished as Franklin D. Roosevelt, as mysterious as a sheik of Morocco and as infamous as John Dillinger have stayed at the Windsor.

The historic Rylander Theatre has been completely renovated. Broadway shows, revues, educational seminars, multi-cultural programs and more are now being produced in this state of the art, high-tech facility. 

If you want to know more about the history of Sumter County, visit the history page on the Sumter County Genealogy Web site. CLICK HERE

Downtown Americus A Few Years Back

Americus, Georgia Including Souther Field


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