The Edinburg Historical Society has lost a member, a very talented and knowledgeable machinist John Ordyk. John owned the Copeland Carriage Factory Shop at one time. He did the research and helped us retrieve a lathe that was donated to the American Precision Museum in Windsor, VT many years ago by a former owner. Andrea and George Blackwood picked up and returned the lathe to the Copeland Carriage Factory Shop.
Priscilla Edwards stated the purpose of the building is to get some of the original machinery used in the factory, put artwork in the side room and a breast wheel to show how waterpower works. It was also suggested that André Garand, Master Carpenter who restores old buildings, could teach classes on restoring old buildings.
Until the funds are found, EHS has replacing rotting beams, and railings, added brackets to hold the beams in place, patched the roof, and fixed a stone wall to prevent the flowing water of Beecher Creek from washing out the foundation of the Factory. A fundraiser will be needed to fully restore the carriage house and put in an exhibit of the tools and machinery.