The Gold Mine in the Closet: Samuel Hopkins Adams

Sugar said that a famous author named Samuel Hopkins Adams would rent the house that his grandfather built.  He rented it in the wintertime, which is what we call a snowbird.

Honestly, a famous author?  Who just happened to live in your step-grandmother’s house?

This particular house was built in 1937-1938, overlooking Battery Creek.

After Sugar’s grandfather died, the house stayed occupied by Sugar’s step-grandmother.  She took a job during the winter months up north at a college, and rented her house out to Samuel Hopkins Adams.


While we were collecting obituaries at the Beaufort County Library’s Beaufort District Collection, we found the obituary for Samuel Hopkins Adams.




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He wasn’t just a children’s book author. He also was a newspaperman who wrote a series of articles for Collier’s magazine which were largely responsible for the enactment of the pure food and drug act.

What does this have to do with the gold mine in the closet?


This book in particular as mentioned in the obituary…





Inscribed for Lawton Bateson,

With the compliments of the author.

Samuel Hopkins Adams

May 1st, 1957

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2 Responses to “The Gold Mine in the Closet: Samuel Hopkins Adams”

  1. Alison Muller Says:

    Samuel Hopkins Adams (rather than Samuel Adams Hopkins). I am his first cousin twice removed. His mother Hester Rose Adams was my grandmother’s aunt, Hester was the younger sister of my great-grandfather. Their parents were Samuel Miles Hopkins and Mary Jane Hanson Heacock.
    My brother has done extensive genealogy research on several branches of our family. Any chance I could get the address of this house? I’d love to drive past it! I recently moved from Maryland to Lady’s Island Beaufort, and work in Port Royal near Battery Creek.

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