The Life and Times of Sarah Atkins
Re-enactment Thursday will recall pioneering Sulphur Springs businesswoman
By MARYNELL BRYANT | Hopkins County Genealogical Society

Aug. 20, 2006 -- Lavyn Sisco will present a first-person narrative of the life of Sarah Atkins, pioneer businesswoman of Sulphur Springs, at a joint meeting of the Hopkins County Historical Society and Hopkins County Genealogical Society Thursday, Aug. 24.

The public is invited to attend the special presentation which begins at 7 p.m. in the Chapel at Heritage Park. Anyone also interested in touring the Atkins House at Heritage Park is invited to come early. Tours will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Sisco, a retired Sulphur Springs ISD teacher, entertained her kindergarten students by dressing up as “Mrs. Hopkins” and telling them about life in early Hopkins County. Her presentation about Sarah Atkins will also be performed in costume.

Born in Ireland in 1827, Sarah Hamilton came to Pennsylvania with her parents as a young child. The family then moved to Hopkins County prior to the Civil War and settled northwest of Tarrant.

Sarah was one of the first women to take advantage of business opportunities and opened a coffee shop on the square in Sulphur Springs. She married Joseph Atkins, an Englishman, in 1873.

The couple owned a successful real estate business and built the famous star-shaped house behind Sarah’s coffee shop. The street was later named Atkins Street in their honor. She witnessed the building of the train depot and saw the arrival of many trains coming from the East, bringing visitors and people relocating to the West. She also witnessed the building of the courthouse and the growth of the downtown Sulphur Springs area.

Following the program, the two societies will conduct separate short business meetings.

Visitors are welcome.

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