November 19, 2019: Pies and Reminiscences (CANCELLED)

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.

October 15, 2019: Joanne Blaauboer on Fish House History

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.

September 28, 2019: Edinburg Fall Festival


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.

September 17, 2019: Pot Luck Dinner and Annual Members Meeting

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.

August 20, 2019: House Stories

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.

July 16, 2019: Bruce Brownell on the Brownell Lumber Round House

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.

July 13, 2019: Historic Edinburg Day




THE HISTORIC EDINBURG DAY FESTIVAL will be held on July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town will be bustling with locals and visitors experiencing local history. Edinburg four corners is just up the hill from one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate NY – take a walk and enjoy the beautiful view. The Edinburg United Methodist Church, the Volunteer Fire Company, the Sacandaga Seniors, the Edinburg Historical Society join together to make this a community Festival.

There will be horse and wagon rides by J & D Percheron, face painting by Jessie Vonberg, car show, Chinese auction, sugar maple products, white elephant sale, canine demonstration by Saratoga County, Boy Scout demonstrations and craft vendors. Hot dogs, soup, bake beans, macaroni and potato salad and a bake sale with pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and more. The Hagaman Safe House Trailer will be at the Fire House and will teach you what to do in a fire or tornado.

Visit the Edinburg Historical Museum of Rural Life, the Nellie Tyrrell Museum of Edinburg History, and a short walk brings you to the 35 foot-long Copeland Covered Bridge built in 1879, the only Queen post truss bridge in NYS and the only covered bridge in Saratoga County.