March 20, 2018: First meeting of the year

Please join us for our first general meeting this year on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 7 pm.

Our current monthly meeting schedule for 2018 is available here.

Please also mark your calendar for the Edinburg Fall Festival (Saturday, September 29, 2018).

We will not be having an Historic “Edinburgh” Day in July.

The society mourns the loss of long-time member Fred Brownell (Mar 19, 1937 – Dec 24, 2017). Fred filled the Nellie Tyrrell museum with stories of the past at all our events. He will be greatly missed. We will have more about his life and legacy future posts.

December 2017 Newsletter

George Blackwood, newly elected President of EHS, announced that for his winter project he hopes to get a list of all Edinburg WWI veterans and erect a sign at the Nellie Tyrrell Museum when the list is assembled. It is difficult as there were never any lists of veterans broken down according to cities and towns. Also some Edinburg residents went to other towns to sign up. If you have any relatives that served in WWI please contact George at 518-863-6772.

Our thanks to past president Maria Spaeth for her leadership and guidance.

Rural Museum – The floor has been painted, the exhibits changed and in the spring some of the open wing part of the building will be enclosed housing the hunting, fishing and trapping exhibit which will also display the newly donated 1916 canoe by Roger Hoff.

Did you notice the new Quilt Square added to the front of the Rural Museum that was painted by Bob Tyrrell? Quilt squares have different meanings – this one is a signal for the slaves to pack provisions needed for travel by wagon or that can be used while traveling. It can also mean to pack provisions necessary for survival as in packing a wagon for a long journey or actually loading the wagon in preparation for escape.

The old pump organ is now up and running thanks to George McCleery who repaired it and also played it at the last two festivals.

Nellie Tyrrell Museum – The veteran’s exhibit has been expanded with uniforms and artifacts. The photo albums on display show Edinburg as it was years ago thanks in part to Postmistress Addie Allen who preserved some of our history in these wonderful photographs.

Carriage Factory – The Carriage Factory will soon be listed on the National Registry. Hopefully EHS can get grants to rehabilitate the place. EHS has been in contact with the American Precision Museum in VT that has some of the equipment that was housed in the factory and hopefully we can get some of the old machinery back.

Edinburg Plateau Sky Top Airport – An exhibit will be added about the airport and the doings that occurred on Sundays. If anyone has any photographs it would be appreciated if we could borrow them to scan into our computers and add them to the display.

Roy Pearsall’s one-room Sand Hill School House and Grange Hall – Roy Pearsall wanted the school house to be given to EHS when he passed away, and when the paper work is finished we hope to make good use it. School children will have the opportunity to use it periodically for classes or outings and picnics. There may be other educational purposes for use of the building.

Copeland Covered Bridge – Some repairs to the bridge were done this year and the weeds on the hill have been removed and the area covered with stone. The shareholder’s sign was badly deteriorated and will be rebuilt with double the space for new names and a roof to protect the sign.

Festivals – EHS will not be having the Historic Edinburg Day in 2018 because of the renovations being done at the Rural and member involvement in doing over the exhibits. However the Edinburg Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. so mark your calendars.

Website – – check out our website and see what we have to offer.

Membership – If you have not renewed your membership send your check to Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134 – $5 per person or $10 per family. Call Andrea with any questions 518 863-6772.

The November meeting was cancelled due to a Community Center smoke/electrical problem. In the December Edinburg Newsletter Jean Raymond thanked Wayne Seelow and the highway department employees, the Edinburg Fire Company and surrounding fire departments for their help and assistance in determining the cause of the problem. There were some major electrical problems with the wiring in the Community Center ceiling. The old wiring will be replaced to meet current code by the end of November.


Great Sacandaga Lake Advisory Council – The first public showing of “Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga” was held on November 25 with two sold out showings at the Northville School. The DVD’s are available from EHS on Wednesdays at Edinburg Town Hall on Military Road from 9 a.m. to 12 noon from Edinburg’s Historian, Priscilla Edwards 518 863-2034 ext 22 or call President George Blackwood, 518 863-6772. The DVD sells for $20 and there is a $5 handling fee if it needs to be mailed.

EHS DVD “Saving the Dream” is also an excellent gift. John Bennis’s photos donated by his wife are used documenting Edinburg’s history. Music is by Robin Gaiser and the Mill Run Dulcimer Band and is narrated by Edinburg Town Clerk Denise Ferguson. It sells for $15 and $5 handling fee if it needs to be mailed.

There are long sleeve shirts and sweat shirts available with the Copeland Covered Bridge on the front. Contact Marge Ludwig for sizes and prices 518 863-4905.

(This newsletter was written by our amazing hard-working Secretary, Claudette Koza. We are thankful for everything she does to keep our society organized and informed.)

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.