The Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park


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Upcoming Events for 2016

August 25th is the annual combined meeting of the Hopkins County Historical Society and the Hopkins County Genealogy  Society.  7:00 PM in the Chapel at Heritage Park.

A membership picnic is planned at Heritage Park 6:00 for Thursday, Sept. 22.  All members are invited. Bring a guest.

Indian Summer Days & Dutch Oven Cooking Contest - October 1st, 2016


Native American dancers and story tellers. Archeology dig pit, tin punch, and candle dipping for the kids. Members in period costume demonstrate butter churning, soap making, blacksmithing, and grist mill operation. Other attractions include the quilt show, antique cars, and live music. From about 11:00am until the food is gone, attendees may purchase Dutch oven food and stew cooked over the coals of open wood fires. Other foods and drinks may also be purchased form the food tent. The hours are from 9:00am until 3:00pm and the admission is $5. Children under 6 are admitted free.


Each team in the contest will consist of 2 cooks who will prepare a meat, vegetable, bread, and dessert. Entry fee is $25 and cooks must furnish ingredients for their dishes. Cash prizes for First, Second and Third place. For full details and an entry form contact Rick Wilson at (903) 885-9692.


Christmas in Heritage Park

     Saturday, November 26th & Saturday, December 3rd, 2016:   5:30 to 8:30 PM


Each year we open the Historical Park to visitors of our Christmas in the Park. The event begins at sunset and last for three hours. While in the park, visitors can enjoy a spectacle of lights, strolling carolers, musicians, a live nativity scene and Santa Clause. Free hot cocoa, coffee, punch, cookies and other goodies are served in various building o the grounds. Most of the historic buildings are open, with volunteers dressed in period costumes to help give the feeling so stepping into the past. The festival will run from 6 pm to 9 pm. The $5 admission ticket is eligible for one of our many door prizes to be given away, compliments of local business owners.


The blacksmith shop is alive with the glow of metal and the sparks of burning coal as the blacksmith demonstrates his trade. The general store is filled with turn of the century items and is warmed by a wood stove to warm chilly visitors. Christmas decorations, some handmade, will be for sale there. A cozy one room log house is warmed by fireplace with someone serving warm treats. The chapel is alive with the sounds live Christmas music. The Atkins House has a beautifully decorated Christmas tree with hostesses serving punch and cookies. There, visitors can hear a dulcimer and violins playing Christmas music. In the Wilson House the children can tell Santa what they want him to bring them. There you can drink hot cocoa on the porch while looking at the beautiful light display. Even the 1929 fire truck is decorated with lights. Peanuts roasted on a wood stove are for sale at the servant's quarters. Hot popcorn is also available at the print shop.  Come and step back in time to enjoy the start of the Christmas season.



Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park
416 North Jackson Street Sulphur Springs, Texas 75482
(903) 885-2387