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.