Fall Festival Update

The Edinburg Historical Society is grateful to the residents and visitors who attended the Edinburg Fall Festival on September 18th. There was a great attendance and the chili, soups, bake goods and salad sales sold out. The raffle for Andrew Janik’s oil painting “The Old Homestead” was won by Susan Pettica.

Our thanks to the Sacandaga Seniors who gave a generous donation to the EHS.


The Edinburg Fall Festival will be held on September 18 from 10 am to 3 pm at the Rural Museum on North Shore Road. Crafters will be set up outside the Museum. A “white elephant” table will be set up.

A variety of soups, chili, baked beans, pasta, macaroni, and potato salads will also be sold in take home containers. The bake sale will feature cookies, pies, candy, and homemade bread.

Regretfully there will be no demonstrations and the exhibits have not been set up due to the Covid Virus.

The raffle drawing for the original oil painting “The Old Homestead” by Andrew Janik will be held at the close of the festival. Andy is known locally for his artistic paintings and in 2019 won the Best in Oil” prize at the “Going for the Win” at the Hagaman Art Show held in Hagaman, NY. Raffle tickets are $1 per chance or $5 for 6 chances.

Enjoy the free horse and carriage rides by J & D Percherons. The beautiful draft horses are known as gentle giants and their willingness to work. Visit the Copeland Covered Bridge that is just down the road or walk across the Batchellerville Bridge and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

September 11th at 9 am volunteers will meet to do some work at the Sand Hill one-room schoolhouse on Tange Road.

Tuesday, September 21st members are invited to attend a meeting at the Rural Museum at 7 pm.


EHS is having a Baked Goods, Salad and Craft Sale on Saturday, July 10th from 9 am to noon at the Rural Museum on North Shore Road next to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Department. Proceeds from the sale will help EHS maintain the Copeland site, the Rural and Nellie Tyrrell Museums. Some of our longtime vendors/crafters will be set up. Maple syrup from Edward’s Maple Sugar Farm will be sold. If anyone would like to donate a salad or baked goods it would be appreciated. Contact Claudette at 518 863-4844 if you have questions.


With the help of donations and the Dr Robert S and Dorothy Q Harden Trust the Sand
Hill One-Room Schoolhouse on Tange Road now has a new roof, and the schoolhouse
has been painted in and out. EHS volunteers helped with the cleaning and will soon be
able to replace the school desks, chairs, bookcase, and teacher’s desk in the
schoolroom. André Garand and Betsy Bartlett have cleaned and refinished the floor. The
backroom addition added years ago by the Grange, has been gutted, insulated, has new
wiring, bathroom, and kitchen. It will be used for EHS Board Meetings and hopefully
computer classes or other educational endeavors. The Edinburg Common School
children visit the school when they are learning about Edinburg history. EHS was Willed
the property by Roy Pearsall knowing EHS would maintain the historic Sand Hill One-
Room Schoolhouse for future generations.


The Edinburg Historical Society would like a volunteer to build a Take a Book – or -Leave
a Book, better known as a Book Nook. All materials would be provided by EHS. Please
contact Claudette Koza at 518 863-4844 if you can help or have questions. The Book
Nook will be built at the Rural Museum and available to everyone.

May 2021 Update

Mark your calendar for our next Salad and Bake Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 29th from 9 am to noon. If you wish to contribute baked goods drop your contribution off at the Rural Museum prior to the start of the sale.


The Edinburg Historical Society volunteers spent a Saturday morning removing the desks and chairs, bookcases, piano and teacher’s desk so the floor could be scrubbed clean in preparation for the floor refinishing at the Sand Hill One-Room Schoolhouse on Tange Road. Once the floor has been finished another workday will be scheduled to clean the school furniture and replace everything back in the schoolroom. Volunteers were: EHS President George and Andrea Blackwood; Naydene Carmody; Town Historian Priscilla Edwards; Linda and Richie Ege; André Garand;  Betsey Bartlette, Valerie Kay; Claudette Koza.

April 2021 Update

The Edinburg Historical Society held a board meeting in April.

On Saturday, May 1 at 9 a.m. EHS is looking for volunteers to help clean the floor of the Sandhill one-room schoolhouse and clean the schoolhouse garage. You do not have to be an EHS member to volunteer your time. Trucks and some muscle will be needed to transport some display cases from the school garage to the Rural Museum.

EHS would also like someone to volunteer their time to build book nook or “take a book/leave a book” that will be located at the Rural Museum located next to the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company. Material costs will be reimbursed.

EHS will not be asking for any membership dues again this year, but a contribution would be appreciated. Current board members whose terms have expired have agreed to continue their duties until the end of the Covid restrictions when the membership is able to meet and vote on the candidates.

TWO SALAD AND BAKE SALES are scheduled for Saturday, May 29 and Saturday, July 10, both from 9 a.m. to noon to supplement the EHS income derived from our two Festivals that have been put on hold due to the Covid virus. EHS maintains two museums, the Copeland site, and the Sandhill one-room schoolhouse.

COPELAND COVERED BRIDGE SHARES have been purchased by Loren Fox in honor of Norma Fox and Donald Fox; and by Eric & Maureen Sweet in honor of Seward and Theresa Sweet and Bruce and Marjorie Hull. These shares help EHS raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Covered Bridge. Shares are $25 and the names of the recipients are posted at the Copeland Site.

EHS Facebook Page and Online Gift Shop


The Edinburg Historical Society has a new Facebook page created and maintained by Linda Ege. Check it out in the future for the latest events for the society.

The Facebook page also offers an online gift shop. Through the Facebook page, you can now purchase items from from our gift shop online plus a $5 shipping fee. A Taste of Edinburg cookbook, $10; two DVDs Saving the Dream featuring John Bennis photos documenting Edinburg’s history with music by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and narrated by the Edinburg Town Clerk, Denise Ferguson, $15; Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga made by the Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council with the help of the HR/BR Regulating District, public historians, county historians and people in the community, $20.