Sumter County was created on January 8,1853. It was named for General Thomas Sumter, a hero of the American Revolutionary War. Formed from parts of Marion and Lake counties, the county, in the past, and to this day by some, is nicknamed "Hog County" most likely because it is home to a large population of wild hogs. Hog hunting is still a favorite pastime of locals in the more rural portions of the county. Although extremely rural, in recent years Sumter County has sustained an exceptionally large increase in population, almost solely due to the expansion of The Villages retirement complex, a significant portion of which is in the county. This has dramatically changed the demographics of the county and has brought in significant income.Sumter County is bordered by Marion County on the north; Lake County to the east; Polk and Pasco counties on the southeast and southwest respectively; Citrus and Hernando counties on the west.
If you are just starting to research Sumter County, Florida's history, here are some helpful links to get you started:
Family Search Wiki - Sumter County, Florida: https://familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Sumter_County,_Florida
Sumter County, Florida Government-Official History of Sumter County: http://sumtercountyfl.gov/235/History-of-Sumter-County
Florida Historical Markers - Sumter County: http://apps.flheritage.com/markers/markers.cfm?ID=sumter
Wikipedia - Sumter County Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sumter_County,_Florida