Sumter Historic Trust

Dear Members,

We at the Sumter Historic Trust are excited for another great year!  The Lee Council House looks fantastic!  We are looking forward to spring and the fragrant smells and greenness of our lush lawn and plantings.  Unfortunately, we lost a few of our Camellias, but they have been replaced thanks to the time and donation of Mr. Johnny Fowler.  Thank you so much for caring for our lovely garden!

We are in the process of planning our 2017 events.  There are several wedding rentals on our books and we are thrilled to be able to provide such a lovely venue with the Lee Council House for such a special occasion.  Mark Minick does a fabulous job as house manager.  Please contact Mark if you are interested in a rental.

Our inaugural History Camp was a huge success in 2016. Thanks to our sponsors from the Charles Crisp Fund and the Mix Foundation, we are grateful to be able to host another History Camp this summer.

As I’m sure you are all aware, the Georgia Department of Transportation has been completing surveys in regards to the elevation and/or widening of the South Lee Street Bridge that is adjacent to Calvary Episcopal Church.  We, as a board, voted unanimously in opposition to this.  I have written the Ga DOT voicing our strong opposition to the elevation and/or widening of the bridge.  We, as the Sumter Historic Trust, have been asked to spearhead the local effort in stressing our opposition to the Ga DOT.  In doing so, I am asking that each of you join us in our efforts by downloading and signing the
petition and mailing it back to the Trust.  Your board of directors will be signing a joint petition and I will be enclosing another letter to the Ga DOT in the packet.  Hopefully, this will help in protecting our historic district. 

On behalf of the Sumter Historic Trust Board of Directors, I want to thank you for your continued support of our wonderful organization.  It is a great privilege to serve as your president.  Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  I look forward to another great year!

Jessi Simmons

President