The Hopkins County Museum and Heritage Park


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Upcoming Events for 2017

Arts, Crafts and Collectibles Show - May 19th and May 20th

Garage Sale - August 12th

Indian Summer Days & Dutch Oven Cooking Contest - October 7th


Among the log cabins, members in period costume will demonstrate early American skills such as butter churning, soap making, tin punch, candle making, tomahawk throwing, pottery making, archery, blacksmithing, and grist mill operation. Other historic buildings in Heritage Park will be open, including the Chapel, General Store, Fire Station, Train Station, the first brick home built in Sulphur Springs, and the first Log School in Hopkins County.

The main attraction will be the John Chester Dutch Oven Cookoff. From about 11:00 a.m. until the food is gone, attendees may sample Dutch oven food cooked over the coals of open wood fires by contestants in the John Chester Dutch Oven Cookoff. Other foods and drinks may also be purchased from the food concession booth. The hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and the admission is $3. Children under 6 are admitted free. Tickets for sampling the Dutch Oven entries will be $5.00 each at the gate. Each team in the John Chester Dutch Oven Cookoff will consist of 2 cooks who will prepare a meat, vegetable, bread, and dessert. Team entry fee is $25 and cooks must furnish ingredients for their dishes. Cash prizes for First, Second and Third place will be awarded. For full details and an entry form contact Rick Wilson at (903) 885-9692.


Christmas in Heritage Park

     Saturday, November 25th & Saturday, December 2nd:   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 $3 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 Smith Greg House the children can tell Santa what they want him to bring them, and enjoy a drink of hot cocoa. Peanuts and popcorn are also available at the railroad building. Come join in the fun as you 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