September 5, 2020: Bake Sale at Rural Museum




Due to COVID-19, The Edinburg Historical Society has cancelled all their monthly meetings and museum activities for the year including the Historic “Edinburgh” Day and the Edinburg Fall Festival. These two festivals in July and September are the only fundraisers that EHS has during the year.

To compensate for the loss of funds from the festivals, EHS will hold a bake sale and salad sale on Saturday, September 5th from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Masks are mandatory along with social distancing.  An assortment of cookies, pies, fudge, and breads will be available along with the potato, pasta, and macaroni salads. Please support EHS by dropping by and picking up the prepackaged cookies, candy, and salad.

We have had many visitors at the Copeland Covered Bridge so far this year. If you visit the bridge and have purchased a share in someone’s name, please be sure to check the names in the bulletin board at the bridge. EHS took on the job of copying all the names from the sign that was deteriorating and the listing has not been proof-read yet. If you find an error or your name(s) is missing, please contact Marge Ludwig using the above address. Please note that it is alphabetized by the first name of the individual but will be listed alphabetically by the last name before the permanent listing is completed. Please note that the old picnic table has been replaced at the Copeland Covered Bridge so plan on using it this summer.

Your donation of $25 will purchase a Copeland Site share in someone’s honor, a birthday, anniversary, or graduation or in memory of a loved one. Send your check for $25 to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134 with the person’s name; whether the donation is in honor of, in memory of, for yourself, or as a gift; and with your name and address to receive an acknowledgement of your donation. Please also include your telephone number in case Marge needs additional information.

TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND THOSE THAT WOULD LIKE TO JOIN – we will not be collecting member dues of $5 for an individual or $10 for a family this September. If, however, you wish, you may send a donation to the address above.

Vendors and Crafters wanted for 2020 EHS events

The Edinburg Historical Society is planning our two annual festivals and want to invite vendors and crafters to participate. Please fill out this [2020 EHS events vendor application form]. Forms can be emailed to with the subject “EHS Vendor Application” in the title — or mailed to George and Andrea Blackwood, 4 Morris Road, Edinburg, NY 12134. For more information, contact George and Andrea Blackwood, 518 863-6772.

A 10% commission of sales is asked as a donation to help defray costs associated with these events.

HISTORIC EDINBURG DAY – Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is a community-wide event held up the hill from the Great Sacandaga Lake at the Edinburg Four Corners and along North Shore Road. There are free horse and wagon rides, two museums with demonstrations in spinning, knitting, weaving, period exhibits and a maple syrup demonstration, plus an old wood working tool shop. A bake sale is held in the Rural Museum and the Arts and Crafts Show is set up on the grounds outside the Rural Museum. Set up time for vendors starts at 9:00 a.m. There is something for everybody. The only covered bridge in Saratoga County, Copeland Covered Bridge, is just down the road. Edinburg boasts two historic churches built in the 1800s as well. Refreshments will be available.

EDINBURG FALL FESTIVAL – Saturday, September 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Fall Festival also has free horse and wagon rides and demonstrations at the Rural Museum. Homemade soups and chili will be served. The Society is having a bake sale at the Rural Museum and the Arts and Crafts booths are set up outside the Rural Museum. Attendees can visit the Covered Copeland Bridge, 35 feet long and the only NYS queen post truss bridge in Saratoga County. It sits over Beecher’s Creek and is beautiful in the fall. Cross over the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate NY. Folks can park and walk over the bridge. Vendors can set up at 9:00 a.m.

September 28, 2019: Edinburg Fall Festival


Come join us for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 28th. The Rural Museum will serve as the location for free horse and wagon rides by J & D Percherons from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be face painting by Jessie Vonberg. A variety of delicious homemade soups, potato and macaroni salads, toasted cheese sandwiches, chili, coffee, hot tea, juice and water will be available. Maple sugar samples will be provided with a variety of maple sugar products for purchase from the Edward’s Maple Hill Sugar Farm.

A bake sale with pies, cookies, breads and all kinds of treats will be available. If you love to bake you can bring your contribution of baked goods to the Rural Museum between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. on September 28th.

Jessie Jensen sings and plays the dulcimer and guitar and will entertain us at 10:00 a.m. Jesse has a master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Music Education and teaches music, drama and art at the Edinburg Common School. She and her husband Darby are lifelong residents. At 1:00 p.m. Edinburg resident Ony Antonucci will perform some songs from her new CD “Heart of Dreams.” Ony studied at Queens College and UCLA and has performed with groups in Europe and the USA. EHS member George McCleery will play old favorites on the pump organ.

EHS is still accepting applications from vendors and crafters for the Fall Festival. A 10% commission of sales is asked as a donation to help defray costs associated with the event. Information is online.

July 13, 2019: Historic Edinburg Day




THE HISTORIC EDINBURG DAY FESTIVAL will be held on July 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The town will be bustling with locals and visitors experiencing local history. Edinburg four corners is just up the hill from one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate NY – take a walk and enjoy the beautiful view. The Edinburg United Methodist Church, the Volunteer Fire Company, the Sacandaga Seniors, the Edinburg Historical Society join together to make this a community Festival.

There will be horse and wagon rides by J & D Percheron, face painting by Jessie Vonberg, car show, Chinese auction, sugar maple products, white elephant sale, canine demonstration by Saratoga County, Boy Scout demonstrations and craft vendors. Hot dogs, soup, bake beans, macaroni and potato salad and a bake sale with pies, cakes, cookies, brownies and more. The Hagaman Safe House Trailer will be at the Fire House and will teach you what to do in a fire or tornado.

Visit the Edinburg Historical Museum of Rural Life, the Nellie Tyrrell Museum of Edinburg History, and a short walk brings you to the 35 foot-long Copeland Covered Bridge built in 1879, the only Queen post truss bridge in NYS and the only covered bridge in Saratoga County.

March 2019 meeting cancelled

The Edinburg Historical Society meeting in March has been cancelled this year due to a conflict with board member’s and the president’s work schedules.

Future board meetings will be held the second Wednesday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. Members are welcome to attend the board meetings.

The addition to the Rural Museum for the trapping, hunting and fishing exhibit is almost finished. André Garand has been working on the addition during the winter but was unable to do more until we get warm weather. André is also building the new shareholder’s sign for the Copeland Covered Bridge and it should be done in May.

President, George Blackwood is organizing a work detail for May to clean the Sand Hill Schoolhouse. If you can help call George at 518 863-6772.

Historic Edinburg Day will be held on Saturday July 13, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and EHS members will sell containers of baked beans and salads along with making delicious desserts for the bake sale. The Edinburg United Methodist Church is organizing the event this year as EHS members will be busy in 2019 with new exhibits to organize plus setting up the new hunting, fishing and trapping exhibits.

The Edinburg Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be craft vendors, a bake sale plus horse drawn wagon rides. Letters to crafters and applications were sent out the end of January. If you or someone you know would like to participate please contact George and Andrea Blackwood, 518 863-6772.

The next meeting of EHS will be April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road for an organizational meeting and a program by Maria Spaeth on the History of the Edinburg One-Room Sand Hill Schoolhouse. You do not have to be a member to attend.

October 16, 2018: Samantha Hall-Saladino & Lauren Roberts on “Ghosts of Sacandaga”

Ready to hear some spine-tingling tales just before Halloween? Please join us October 16, 2018 at the Edinburg Community Center to hear Fulton County Historian Samantha Hall-Saladino and Saratoga County Historian Lauren Roberts talk on “Ghosts of Sacandaga” starting at 7pm.

Refreshments will be served.

A big thanks to everyone who made our Edinburg Fall Festival at the museums last month such a huge success!

September 29, 2018: Edinburg Fall Festival


Come join us for the Edinburg Fall Festival on Saturday, September 29th. Delicious homemade soups, chili and a bake sale with pies, cookies, breads and all kinds of treats will be available. There will be a blacksmith demonstration by Colin Roy. George McCleery will play old favorites on the pump organ he restored in the Rural museum.

We are excited to announce that the Rural Museum has been painted inside showing off more of the old items and things will be rearranged to create a more pleasing flow. The new Rural Museum building addition dedicated to fishing, trapping and hunting might not be completed yet because of lack of time but please stop by and check out our progress.

EHS is accepting applications from vendors and crafters for the Fall Festival. A 10% commission of sales is asked as a donation to help defray costs associated with the event. Information is online in a previous post.

The Society now owns the 205 year old Sand Hill One Room Schoolhouse on Tange Road donated by Roy Pearsall. Roy was a dedicated and generous member of the community who always took the time to educate others on this historic building. EHS hopes to reopen this structure for continued education opportunities. But the roof must be replaced before winter. EHS plans on using the proceeds from the  Edinburg Fall Festival and donations from the public to accomplish this. Come enjoy the Fall Festival and help us keep history alive.

July 14, 2018: Edinburg Community Day

Historical “Edinburgh” Day is cancelled this year due to some building restorations. The Edinburg Methodist Church will be sponsoring a “COMMUNITY DAY” on JULY 14 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

The following places will be open: The CHURCH, FIREHOUSE, RURAL MUSEUM (walk through only, renovations permitting) and the NELLIE TYRRELL MUSEUM.

A CLASSIC CAR SHOW will be held behind Fuller’s. The J & D PERCHERONS will also participate with Wagon Rides from 10:00AM to 2:00PM.

Many other activities are also planned. A White Elephant Sale at the Church Pavilion, Boy Scout demonstrations at the firehouse, Senior Citizens bake sale, Girl Scouts, Maple cotton candy by Mud Road Sugar House, Basket Raffle and Maple products by Dorothy Edwards.


June 16, 2018: Remembering Fred Brownell

Family and friends of Fred Brownell are invited to a graveside service that will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 11 a.m. at the Edinburg Cemetery.

There will be a luncheon reception for the community afterwards at the Edinburg Firehouse starting around 11:45 a.m. Stop by to remember Fred’s life and the many stories he would tell about Edinburg’s history.

Fred died at age 80 on Sunday December 24, 2017 at home after being stricken. He was born in Edinburg on March 19, 1937. The son of the late, Merrill and Beulah Conklin Brownell.  Fred worked as an electrician with his father for many years and operated his own lawn care business from 1952 – 1980. He was a lifetime area resident, a member of the Edinburg Methodist Church and was a very active member of the Edinburg Historical Society since 1975. Fred will always be remembered for his knowledge of local history and love of sharing that knowledge with visitors of the Nellie Tyrrell Museum. Fred enjoyed researching his family genealogy, traveling and spending time with his many family members. He is survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins.