March 20, 2018: First meeting of the year

Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7 pm.

Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2018 is available here.

Please also mark your calendar for the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 29, 2018).

We will not be having an Historic “Edinburgh” Day in July.

The society mourns the loss of long-time member Fred Brownell (Mar 19, 1937 – Dec 24, 2017). Fred filled the Nellie Tyrrell museum with stories of the past at all our events. He will be greatly missed. We will have more about his life and legacy future posts.

December 2017 Newsletter

George Blackwood, newly elected President of EHS, announced that for his winter project he hopes to get a list of all Edinburg WWI veterans and erect a sign at the Nellie Tyrrell Museum when the list is assembled. It is difficult as there were never any lists of veterans broken down according to cities and towns. Also some Edinburg residents went to other towns to sign up. If you have any relatives that served in WWI please contact George at 518-863-6772.

Our thanks to past president Maria Spaeth for her leadership and guidance.

Rural Museum – The floor has been painted, the exhibits changed and in the spring some of the open wing part of the building will be enclosed housing the hunting, fishing and trapping exhibit which will also display the newly donated 1916 canoe by Roger Hoff.

Did you notice the new Quilt Square added to the front of the Rural Museum that was painted by Bob Tyrrell? Quilt squares have different meanings – this one is a signal for the slaves to pack provisions needed for travel by wagon or that can be used while traveling. It can also mean to pack provisions necessary for survival as in packing a wagon for a long journey or actually loading the wagon in preparation for escape.

The old pump organ is now up and running thanks to George McCleery who repaired it and also played it at the last two festivals.

Nellie Tyrrell Museum – The veteran’s exhibit has been expanded with uniforms and artifacts. The photo albums on display show Edinburg as it was years ago thanks in part to Postmistress Addie Allen who preserved some of our history in these wonderful photographs.

Carriage Factory – The Carriage Factory will soon be listed on the National Registry. Hopefully EHS can get grants to rehabilitate the place. EHS has been in contact with the American Precision Museum in VT that has some of the equipment that was housed in the factory and hopefully we can get some of the old machinery back.

Edinburg Plateau Sky Top Airport – An exhibit will be added about the airport and the doings that occurred on Sundays. If anyone has any photographs it would be appreciated if we could borrow them to scan into our computers and add them to the display.

Roy Pearsall’s one-room Sand Hill School House and Grange Hall – Roy Pearsall wanted the school house to be given to EHS when he passed away, and when the paper work is finished we hope to make good use it. School children will have the opportunity to use it periodically for classes or outings and picnics. There may be other educational purposes for use of the building.

Copeland Covered Bridge – Some repairs to the bridge were done this year and the weeds on the hill have been removed and the area covered with stone. The shareholder’s sign was badly deteriorated and will be rebuilt with double the space for new names and a roof to protect the sign.

Festivals – EHS will not be having the Historic Edinburg Day in 2018 because of the renovations being done at the Rural and member involvement in doing over the exhibits. However the Edinburg Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so mark your calendars.

Website – edinburghistoricalsociety.org – check out our website and see what we have to offer.

Membership – If you have not renewed your membership send your check to Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134 – $5 per person or $10 per family. Call Andrea with any questions 518 863-6772.

The November meeting was cancelled due to a Community Center smoke/electrical problem. In the December Edinburg Newsletter Jean Raymond thanked Wayne Seelow and the highway department employees, the Edinburg Fire Company and surrounding fire departments for their help and assistance in determining the cause of the problem. There were some major electrical problems with the wiring in the Community Center ceiling. The old wiring will be replaced to meet current code by the end of November.

UNIQUE HOLIDAY GIFTS

Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council – The first public showing of “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga” was held on November 25 with two sold out showings at the Northville School. The DVD’s are available from EHS on Wednesdays at Edinburg Town Hall on Military Road from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from Edinburg’s Historian, Priscilla Edwards 518 863-2034 ext 22 or call President George Blackwood, 518 863-6772. The DVD sells for $20 and there is a $5 handling fee if it needs to be mailed.

EHS DVD “Saving the Dream” is also an excellent gift. John Bennis’s photos donated by his wife are used documenting Edinburg’s history. Music is by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and is narrated by Edinburg Town Clerk Denise Ferguson. It sells for $15 and $5 handling fee if it needs to be mailed.

There are long sleeve shirts and sweat shirts available with the Copeland Covered Bridge on the front. Contact Marge Ludwig for sizes and prices 518 863-4905.

(This newsletter was written by our amazing hard-working Secretary, Claudette Koza. We are thankful for everything she does to keep our society organized and informed.)

“Pie and Reminiscence”

pecan-pieThe Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Pie and Reminiscence meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. A social hour will follow with pie and coffee.

At the October meeting George Blackwood was elected President, Maria Spaeth Vice-President and Andrea Blackwood was elected to fill in George’s unexpired term as Trustee.

 

Roger Hoff has donated a 1916, 16 foot H. W. Model Canoe now on display at the Rural Museum. The canoe was built by the Old Town Canoe Company. This canoe was built for cruising, carrying heavy loads and for use on large rivers, lakes, large ponds and salt water. Planking and ribs are made from cedar; gunwales and finish rails are of spruce; stems are ash; decks, thwarts and seat are made from of oak, birch or ash; bang plates of polished brass and fastenings throughout are made of brass and copper. When purchased in 1916 it cost $34.00.

 

New Sign for Copeland Site

The deteriorating sign with the names of shareholders has been removed from the Copeland Site and a new sign will be erected in the spring.  A share in the Copeland Covered Bridge was purchased by Linda and Richard Ege. Linda has joined EHS and taken on the job of updating our website. Shares in the bridge help EHS raise funds for maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site. Information on purchasing a share is available on our website.

 

Fall Festival Update

What a wonderful turnout from the local community who braved the cold to attend the Edinburg Fall Festival. Thanks go to our members and locals who contributed the soups, chili and bake sale treats. Mickey Ballard of Eden Gomora Catering contributed two pots of chicken corn chowder and Jackie Nichols of Shelby’s Four Corner Diner donated a batch of chili. Denise and Joel Ferguson of J & D Percherons gave free horse drawn carriage rides. Alice Frasier donated eight beautiful quilts for the merchandise table. Constance Dodge of Dodge House Lakeside Gallery donated cards with copies of her original paintings of old Edinburg photographs. Thanks to everyone for their participation and donations.

History of the Town of Day

4266558On Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Dave Davidson, Town of Day Historian, will talk on the town’s history.

Day is a beautiful scenic town bordered by Edinburg, Hadley and Corinth. The Sacandaga enters the town of Day at its southwest corner, and flows in a northeast by east course across it. The Kayadrossera range of mountains are in the southern part of the town, and north of the river there are high hills. There are three small lakes, Mud, Sand, and Livingston. Oak and Bald mountains reach an elevation of nine hundred feet above the river. Rockwell’s mountain, near Day Centre, is a stony elevation of some seven hundred feet, and affords a lovely view up the valley. From the hills back of Huntsville a beautiful view of the valley, the Mayfield Mountains, and the distant Catskills can be seen, and from other hills the Green mountains of Vermont show plainly in clear weather.

copeland-covered-bridge-edinburg-ny-ray-summers-photographyBuy a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge to memorialize a loved one. Shares have been purchased by Joey and Maureen Raiola in memory of Rob Selfridge and by Rosemary Miller and Valerie Kaye in memory of their brother John E. Kaczmarczyle who died in 1965 at age 17. A donation was received from Carol J. Fortin to help EHS restore and maintain the bridge. Shares may be purchased for $25 for yourself, as a gift, or in honor of a loved one. A certificate is sent to the recipient and the name is posted at the Copeland Site. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Edinburg, NY 12134. Forms are available on our website.

 

Wagon Wheel Barn Quilt Square Installed at the Rural Museum

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Barn Quilt installed on the front of the Rural Museum.

The Edinburg Historical Society wanted a barn quilt for the front of the Rural Museum. The Wagon Wheel design was chosen because Barker’s Store was supposedly part of the Underground Railroad. Robert Tyrrell agreed to paint the barn quilt square. Bob Tyrrell, 88, is descended from the Arad Copeland and Anna Trowbridge who built the bridge to get his cows to pasture. His aunt Nellie Tyrrell was a school teacher in Gloversville and became the first Edinburg Town Historian and Curator of the Nellie Tyrrell Museum.

Bob lived in Gloversville all his life and has a camp in Edinburg. He was a carpenter learning the trade from his father Lewis owner of E L Tyrrell & Son in Gloversville. Bob inherited the business and now Bob’s son Tim is continuing in his father and grandfather’s footsteps running the business.

Bob and his wife Betty donated the Copeland Covered Bridge to the Edinburg Historical Society in 1997. The Copeland Covered Bridge is the only queenspost truss bridge in New York State and the only covered bridge in Saratoga County and was placed on the NYS National Register in 1998.

The Wagon Wheel also called the Carpenter’s Wheel was a signal to slaves to pack the items needed to travel by wagon or things needed while traveling. It could also mean to pack the provisions necessary for survival, as in packing a wagon for a long journey, or to actually load the wagon in preparation for escape. Some records indicate this symbol meant a wagon with hidden compartments in which slaves could conceal themselves to soon be embarking for the trip to freedom.

Slaves could not read or write and it was illegal to teach a slave to do so. Codes, therefore, were part of the slaves’ existence and their route to freedom, which eventually became known as the Underground Railroad. Most quilt patterns had their roots in the African traditions the slaves brought with them to North America when they were captured and forced to leave their homeland. There is still controversy among historians and scholars over the quilt code theory and whether slaves actually used codes concealed within quilt patters to follow the escape routes of the Underground Railroad. Oral histories leave no written record but the stories passed down through the generations from the slaves themselves, following the code of secrecy, these stories were never told.

Edinburg Fall Festival – September 30

Fall2 On September 30, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Edinburg Fall Festival at the Nellie Tyrrell and Rural Museums on North Shore Road at the Edinburg Four Corner’s. Coffee, homemade treats, soups and chili will be available.

The bake sale will feature home-made pies, cookies, breads and cakes. If anyone has a special treat they would like to bake for the sale or a pot of soup they can drop it off at the Rural any time after 10 a.m. There will be demonstrations in the Rural Museum and craft vendors. The Nellie Tyrrell Museum has historic photographs and children are encouraged to ring the bell.

The third printing of the DVD “Saving the Dream” with Edinburg photos by John Bennis, narrated by Denise Ferguson and music provided by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band will be available at $15.

Joel and Denise Ferguson of J & D Percherons will have their beautiful black horses providing free horse and wagon rides from 11:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Take a short walk or drive to the Copeland Covered Bridge built in 1879 and the Carriage Factory built before 1828. The Carriage Factory was a water-powered shop owned by the Copeland brothers who were wheelwrights and makers of cabinets, coffins and furniture. The Society is hoping not only to restore the Carriage Factory but also to obtain some of the old tools and machinery. We had over 1,000 visitors to the Copeland Site last year from 29 different states and four different countries.

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of three buckets filled with items for fishing, feeding birds and flower bulbs with gardening tools. The drawing will be held at the close of the Festival and you do not have to be present to win.

Park and walk across the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate New York and enjoy the gorgeous view.

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A short business meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday, September 19 at 7 p.m. following a 6:00 p. m. Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a dish to share. Stew, casserole, bread, vegetables, baked beans, tossed salad, potato and macaroni salad and desserts are needed.