On Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center, Ben Kemp will present a program on Civil War Veterans. Ben is a staff member, tour guide and reenactor at Grant’s Cottage State Historic Site in Wilton, NY, where Ulysses S Grant died in July 1885. Ben is a graduate of State University of New York College of Oneonta. Refreshments will follow the meeting.
History comes alive this weekend as the Edinburg Historical Society celebrates its 26th annual Historic “Edinburgh” Day on Saturday, July 15 from 10 am to 3 p.m. rain or shine.
The town is expected to be bustling with locals and visitors experiencing local history. The event will take place at the Nellie Tyrrell and Rural Museums on North Shore Road.
The Rural Museum will serve as the location for free horse drawn wagon rides, live demonstrations, a bake sale, food items, artisans, local crafters and caricatures by Phil Singer. The museum hosts exhibits of early logging, maple sugaring and woodworking along with an example of a Victorian-style parlor and country kitchen. Town of Edinburg Historian, Priscilla Edwards will be on hand to answer any questions.
Just up the road, the Nellie Tyrrell Museum — formerly the one-room Beecher Hollow School — will be open with exhibits of its early school room, early life in Batchellerville. Archival documents such as photographs, maps, drawings, books, articles, pictures, paintings and public and personal records can be seen as well.
Among Edinburg’s other historic treasurers is the Copeland Covered Bridge which is on the National and State Registers of Historic Sites and includes the Copeland Carriage Shop that sits adjacent. Many historic buildings and sites can be seen and researched in Edinburg.
Three drawings will be held for three buckets – fishing, bird feeding, and flower bulb buckets. Raffle tickets will be sold at the festival for $1 per chance or $5 for six chances. The drawing will be held at the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 30. Proceeds from the festival and raffle enable the Society to preserve Edinburg’s history, traditions, photographs, papers and maintain displays at our Rural and Nellie Tyrrell Museums.
The Edinburg United Methodist Church is having a white elephant sale. The fire trucks will be out at the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department and items will be on display for their silent auction. The Sacandaga Seniors are selling hot dogs. The Edinburg Emergency Squad will have a blood pressure clinic. A car show at the Edinburg Four Corners will feature antique and custom hot rods, cars and trucks.
Historic “Edinburgh” Day will coincide with the Northville Rotary’s annual Woodworking and Fine Arts Festival Weekend featuring more than 50 accomplished artists on Main Street in the Village of Northville.
The Historic “Edinburgh” Day Festival is just 4 miles from Northville near the Edinburg Four Corners.
Please join us on June 20, 2017 to hear Jason Kemper of the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council (GSLAC) speak about the Council and the progress of the film on the creation of the lake.
Local historians are making a documentary film about the early history of the human-made Great Sacandaga Lake and the effect the lake had on property owners displaced through its creation decades ago. The Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council in May 2016 allocated $60,000 for the 54-minute film. Jason is the film project manager. “We have a unique opportunity to document the creation of the reservoir,” Jason said.
Jason resides in the Town of Edinburg and is currently Director of Planning for Saratoga County. Prior employment includes Director of Planning for the Town of Clifton Park, Environmental Specialist for the Town of Clifton Park, NYS Emergency Management Office and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District. Mr. Kemper participates in the Saratoga County fish stocking program and is involved with the Great Sacandaga Lake Fisheries Federation and their activities on the Sacandaga. He received a B.A. in Environmental Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from SUNY Albany with a Certificate in GIS Applications. He is currently chairman of the NYS Conservation Fund Advisory Board.
Thank you to everyone who made our potluck dinner at our last meeting such a success! A special big thanks to Claudette Koza for organizing it. Our next potluck will be at our September meeting.
The Society wishes to express condolences to the family of Roy Pearsall on his passing. The children of Edinburg learned so much from visiting the one-room school house he maintained. His effort was a great public service to us all. Roy will be greatly missed. For more about Roy’s life, see this Leader Herald article.
On May 16, 2017, David Brooks, Education Director at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site will talk on “History and Hearsay” with a virtual tour and interesting tales from along the Erie Canal & Fort Hunter.
Please note: This meeting will start with a Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring your favorite dish.
André Garand, Master Carpenter, will speak on “Restoration of Old Buildings” at our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m at the Edinburg Community Center. Beyond André’s work on historical structures elsewhere, Edinburg has been so fortunate to have André around to repair and restore the Nellie Tyrrell museum, the Copeland Covered Bridge, the Copeland Carriage Shop, and the Rural Museum. André has also helped the Society in other ways, like by restoring our treadle-powered scroll saw and teaching a new generation how to use it.
Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7 pm.
Last November, we had fun sharing stories over pies and other seasonal treats at our meeting of “Pies & Reminiscences” as well as discussing many exciting new project ideas for this year made possible by the Hayden Trust.
Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2017 is available here.
Please also mark your calendar for Historic “Edinburgh” Day (Saturday, July 15, 2017) and the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 30, 2017).