President George Blackwood has cancelled all of the Edinburg Historical Society’s programs for 2020 due to the continuing Coronavirus situation. If things change we may be able to have the Edinburg Fall Festival on September 26th. We will of course let everyone know if this happens.
The Edinburg Historical Society has lost an active and longtime member. Roger loved his summering in Edinburg for a good portion of his life, beginning in the 1940s, when he vacationed at the Palmer place on Pucker Street and continuing after he bought Ross Mack’s house on North Shore Road in 1980. Sitting on the backscreen porch listening to the music of Beecher Creek was his happiest time. He enjoyed sociability with the Lathers, Fred Brownell, Dona and Marshall Robinson in Beecher Hollow and with all of his friends in the Edinburg Historical Society.
Roger held various positions while a member of EHS, staffing the museums, helping with the acquisition and preservation of the Copeland Covered Bridge, co-chairing the Edinburg Walking Tours, chairing the Nominating Committee for many years, and doing physical jobs like sealing the floor of the Rural Museum.
In 2001 Roger invited antique dealers for an end of the year sale at the Rural Museum and that started the Annual Edinburg Fall Festival. Roger donated his 1917 Old Time Canoe for the Hunting, Fishing and Trapping exhibit. With his wife, Kathy they did a layout of the Rural Museum. Both Kathy and Roger were given the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011 and in 2018 were honored to become Lifetime Trustees.
The Edinburg Historical Society had planned to meet on Tuesday, April 21 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. President George Blackwood would have outlined our programs for the year and list the projects that EHS would like to accomplish this year. However, this meeting has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation. We will provide an update as to when our next meeting will be as the situation becomes clearer.
The Sand Hill One-Room Schoolhouse has been completely renovated with a new roof, has been painted in and out by Joey Shield. Heat and air conditioning will be installed in April. The original schoolroom part will be cleaned in the spring and kept just as Roy Pearsall left it with the flag, old schoolbooks, desks, antique stove and the picture of George Washington.
EHS has educational merchandise for sale about the Edinburg. The DVD “Saving the Dream” featuring John Bennis’ photos documenting Edinburg’s history with music by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band was created in a project lead by by past-president Maria Spaeth. It is narrated by Edinburg Town Clerk Denise Ferguson. It sells for $15. “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga” made by the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council with the help of the Hudson River/Blacker River Regulating District, public historians, county historians and people in the community. This DVD sells for $20. The 2019 Taste of Edinburg Cookbook with local recipes may be purchased for $10. The cookbook and DVDs can be purchased at the Edinburg Town Hall on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon at the Town Historian’s office or mailed to you for a $5 handling fee. Please call the Edinburg Town Hall first to be sure a visit is OK given the coronavirus situation.
EHS continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site which is comprised of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. Your donation of $25 will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. An acknowledgement of your contribution will be sent to the recipient you requested, and the name will be posted at the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your check and information to the address on the website.
The following have purchased shares in the Copeland Covered Bridge – Carol Fortin; Richard Kernan in honor of Dorothy A Kernan and in memory of Timothy F Leonard; Thomas Simpson in memory of Beulah and Raymond Simpson, Michael Allen and Alice Edel. Richard Muth in honor of Christine Saglimbeni.
We will have a separate post about the passing of longtime member Roger Hoff who — along with his wife Kathy — contributed so much to the Society.
The Edinburg Historical Society is planning our two annual festivals and want to invite vendors and crafters to participate. Please fill out this [2020 EHS events vendor application form]. Forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “EHS Vendor Application” in the title — or mailed to George and Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134. For more information, contact George and Andrea Blackwood, 518 863-6772.
A 10% commission of sales is asked as a donation to help defray costs associated with these events.
HISTORIC EDINBURG DAY – Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a community-wide event held up the hill from the Great Sacandaga Lake at the Edinburg Four Corners and along North Shore Road. There are free horse and wagon rides, two museums with demonstrations in spinning, knitting, weaving, period exhibits and a maple syrup demonstration, plus an old wood working tool shop. A bake sale is held in the Rural Museum and the Arts and Crafts Show is set up on the grounds outside the Rural Museum. Set up time for vendors starts at 9:00 a.m. There is something for everybody. The only covered bridge in Saratoga County, Copeland Covered Bridge, is just down the road. Edinburg boasts two historic churches built in the 1800s as well. Refreshments will be available.
EDINBURG FALL FESTIVAL – Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fall Festival also has free horse and wagon rides and demonstrations at the Rural Museum. Homemade soups and chili will be served. The Society is having a bake sale at the Rural Museum and the Arts and Crafts booths are set up outside the Rural Museum. Attendees can visit the Covered Copeland Bridge, 35 feet long and the only NYS queen post truss bridge in Saratoga County. It sits over Beecher’s Creek and is beautiful in the fall. Cross over the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate NY. Folks can park and walk over the bridge. Vendors can set up at 9:00 a.m.
This event has been CANCELLED due to bad weather. We will meet again in April 2020.
The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Pie and Reminiscence meeting on Tuesday, November 19 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. A social hour will follow with pie, coffee and tea. Members will share memories, family histories, vintage photo albums or bring something to find out what it is.
The Edinburg Fall Festival was the best event yet with a large crowd, great sandwiches, salads, soups and chili. There was a great variety at the bake sale and most of Mrs. McCleery’s pies disappeared before the festival even started. Thank you to everyone that participated in the event. EHS wishes to thank Jackie Nicols owner of the Edinburg Four Corner’s Diner for donating a pot of chili, Alice Frasier for donating handmade quilts, Denise and Joel Ferguson of J&D Percherons for providing Horse and carriage rides, Jesse Jensen, Ony Antonucci and George McCleery for providing musical entertainment. A big thank you to the 20 members who volunteered their time, baked, demonstrated tools and weaving. The Edinburg Historical Museum of Rural Life showed off new exhibits and lighting, a working wood Fanning machine and a doll house donated by Lucille Groat and renovated and filled with period household items by Sharon Ferro. The two winners of the Guess the Weight of the two Pumpkins was Brenda Barton and Sophia Hamburger who won a $10 Stewart’s gift card.
We welcome four new members: Jodi Blydenburgh, Naydene Carmody, Karen Lee and Amy Stewart.
Elections were held in September and George Blackwood was reelected President for a two-year term and Priscilla Edwards was reelected as Trustee for a five-year term. Other members of the Board are Maria Spaeth, vice-president, Claudette Koza, secretary, Marge Ludwig, treasurer, and trustees Andrea Blackwood, Paul Fernhout, Linda Ege and Linda Monacchio.
Claudette Koza received the Volunteer of the Year Award for her dedication to EHS. She bakes, cleans, keeps the minutes, makes signs for events, and writes EHS monthly publicity. Thank you, Claudette, for everything you do!
Christmas is around the corner and EHS has DVDs about Edinburg and the building of the Conklinville Dam. The DVDs are available at the Historian’s office at Town Hall.
The Copeland Covered Bridge had 1,400 visitors this year. You can also purchase a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge for $25 in honor of or in memory of a loved one. The name will be posted at the Copeland Site. Carol J. Fortin purchased a share in the bridge.
The Edinburg Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 15th at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Joanne Blaauboer, Northampton Historian will speak on “Fish House History.”
Joanne is a retired science teacher. She and her husband moved into the town called Fish House and bought a 200 year old brick house that was a tailor shop and then a doctor’s office. She was intrigued with the history of the area and volunteered at the Fish House Community Center and then organized a history tour of the area in 2009 and 2012. The Historian for the town of Northampton (Fish House is part of that town) asked her to be Deputy Historian of Northampton and concentrate her research on Fish House.
Thank you to everyone that participated in the Edinburg Fall Festival. The Rural Museum exhibits are still a work in progress and hopefully will be finished for viewing next year.
The holidays are a just around the corner and if you wish to purchase any sweatshirts, t-shirts with long or short sleeves, the new EHS cookbook “A Taste of Edinburg”, the CD’s “Saving the Dream” – John Bennis’s photographs documenting Edinburg’s history; “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga” and “Then and Now” – Walter Marz with current pictures of Edinburg. These are available at the Edinburg Town Hall in the Historian’s office Wednesdays 9 am to 2 pm.
All meeting and program are free and open to the public.
EDINBURG FALL FESTIVAL – SATURDAY – SEPTEMBER 28, 10 AM TO 3 PM
Come join us for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28th. The Rural Museum will serve as the location for free horse and wagon rides by J & D Percherons from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be face painting by Jessie Vonberg. A variety of delicious homemade soups, potato and macaroni salads, toasted cheese sandwiches, chili, coffee, hot tea, juice and water will be available. Maple sugar samples will be provided with a variety of maple sugar products for purchase from the Edward’s Maple Hill Sugar Farm.
A bake sale with pies, cookies, breads and all kinds of treats will be available. If you love to bake you can bring your contribution of baked goods to the Rural Museum between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on September 28th.
Jessie Jensen sings and plays the dulcimer and guitar and will entertain us at 10:00 a.m. Jesse has a master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music Education and teaches music, drama and art at the Edinburg Common School. She and her husband Darby are lifelong residents. At 1:00 p.m. Edinburg resident Ony Antonucci will perform some songs from her new CD “Heart of Dreams.” Ony studied at Queens College and UCLA and has performed with groups in Europe and the USA. EHS member George McCleery will play old favorites on the pump organ.
EHS is still accepting applications from vendors and crafters for the Fall Festival. A 10% commission of sales is asked as a donation to help defray costs associated with the event. Information is online.
On Tuesday, September 17th the Edinburg Historical Society will hold a Pot Luck Dinner at 6 p.m. and a business meeting at 7 p.m at the Edinburg Community Center. with the collection of dues and election of the EHS Board members whose terms are expiring. It’s a great way to meet your neighbors and enjoy the evening.
The new Rural Museum addition dedicated to fishing, trapping and hunting is almost completed. Painting and putting together the exhibits are still on the list for completion. Construction people were terribly behind this year because of all the rain and we are grateful that André Garand could find time for us.
The Society welcomes everyone to its meetings. You do not have to be a member to attend. But for $5 a member or $10 for a family why would anyone pass up this opportunity. Are you a snowbird? Many of our members are and participate only during the summer. Wonderful programs and new friendships are just waiting to happen. There are many ways to participate in the Society like baking, manning a table or sitting at the Nellie Tyrrell Museum for a few hours during the Festivals, organizing demonstrators of old-time crafts, or help with the Sunshine Chair and send cards to members for all occasions.
Lorraine and William Barry have purchased a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge in memory of Paul and Lucille Schulte. Patricia and Bradley Brownell have purchased a share in memory of Stirling Hall. Shares are available for $25 in honor of and in memory of a beloved one. The funds help EHS preserve the bridge for future generations.
All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.
The Edinburg Historical Society will hold their monthly meeting on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. There will be a brief meeting and nominations will be accepted for President and Trustee positions. After that, members will tell interesting stories of house histories.
All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. Membership is $5 per person and $10 for a family. EHS meets once a month from April to November.
EHS continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site which is comprised of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. Your donation of $25 will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. An acknowledgement of your contribution will be sent to the recipient you request and the name will be posted at the Copeland Covered Bridge. Send your request to the mailing address here.
Shares in the Copeland Covered Bridge have been purchased by Kim Robinson and Ruth Robinson in memory of Melanie VanEvery; Faye Fraiser in memory of Paul LaPort; Ruth Robinson in memory of Leland C Robinson; Beulah Simpson in memory of Beverly Morgan, Jamie Simpson and LeGrande and Beulah Dimick and in honor of Thomas and Christopher Simpson.
Mark your calendars for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Vendors are still needed and if you are interested call Andrea and George Blackwood at 518 863-6772.
On Tuesday, July 16 at 7 p.m. the Edinburg Historical Society will have its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Bruce Brownell will speak on the Brownell Lumber Round House.
Bruce is the owner of Adirondack Alternate Energy designing and engineering passive solar homes that do not use fossil fuel. After earning a degree in Forestry and working in the family lumber business for several years, Bruce decided to build energy efficient solar homes. He is a 1964 Construction Management and Wood Products Engineering graduate.
Brownell Lumber Company was established in 1933 by Victor and Elizabeth Brownell. In the 60s the “Round house” was built and business expanded into the retail supply of lumber and building products. In 1970 Victor and Elizabeth sold the company to their three sons, Bruce, Ronald and Bradley.