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.

August 15, 2017: Edinburg Hill Cemetery trip

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on Tuesday, August 15 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Hill Cemetery on Military Road.

Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards said the first settlers arrived in Edinburg in the late 1780s and naturally discovered the need for cemeteries even before schools. Some of the earliest burials were established on a family’s own farm while in other instances a landowner would set aside a sandy plot of land for a community cemetery. The landowner would sell off burial plots to his neighbors as needed – making extra money to supplement his income. The first recorded burial in the Edinburg Hill Cemetery was in 1802 Little Alfred Perry, two or three years old, son of James Perry.

Military veterans are scattered throughout our cemeteries. Each cemetery has graves only identified by field stones. You can only guess who these people were and when they died. Field stones were used when families could not afford a regular cemetery marker or if there were no family members left to mark the site.

Following the tour of the Edinburg Hill Cemetery members will congregate at the Edinburg Community Center for a meeting and refreshments.

July 15, 2017: Historic “Edinburgh” Day

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.

June 20, 2017: Jason Kemper on the Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council and its upcoming film

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.

William ‘Roy’ Pearsall

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.