May 15, 2018: Rural Museum Renovation and Upcoming Plans

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet at the Rural Museum on Tuesday, May 15, at 6 p.m. at the Rural Museum. Members will be asked to help remove wall hanging at the Rural Museum in preparation for the painters to spruce up the walls.

The monthly meeting will follow at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center where President George Blackwood will speak on upcoming plans and events for the Society. All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

If you are interested in belonging to the Historical Society to learn more about the area and its history, this is your chance. Membership is $5 a year for an individual and $10 for a couple/family. Young people are an asset to EHS contributing their time and energy on different projects while earning their volunteer hour requirements for graduation. Many of our members are snow birds who are with us from May to October/November.

The Edinburg Historical Society continues to raise funds for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site which is comprised of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. Your donation of $25 will purchase a share certificate for yourself, as a gift, in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. Upon receipt of your donation, a certificate will be sent to the recipient you request and the name will be posted in the Copeland Covered Bridge. Please see this page for more information on shares.

Reminder: Crafters wanted for Edinburg Fall Festival

April 17, 2018: Duties of the Edinburg Town Clerk

The Edinburg Historical Society will meet on April 17 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center. Denise Ferguson, Edinburg Town Clerk, will speak on “The Duties of the Town Clerk.” Denise has lived in Edinburg most of her life. She is married to Joel and together they own J & D Percherons and provide horse and carriage rides for weddings, family reunions and provide free rides during the Society’s festivals.

All programs are held on the third Tuesday of the month at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. All meetings and programs are free and open to the public.

The Society has the DVD of John Bennis old photographs of Edinburg entitled Saving the Dream, narrated by our speaker Denise for $15. The DVD Harnessing Nature: Building the Great Sacandaga is also available for $20. Both DVDs are available in the Historian’s office Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to noon at Edinburg Town Hall or arrangements can be made to mail you either DVD for a $5 postage and handling fee.

Please renew your membership so you don’t miss out on what the society is planning this year. Dues are $5 for an individual, $10 for a family or organization. Send your check or join us on April 17.

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.

“Pie and Reminiscence”

pecan-pieThe Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Pie and Reminiscence meeting on Tuesday, November 21, 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. A social hour will follow with pie and coffee.

At the October meeting George Blackwood was elected President, Maria Spaeth Vice-President and Andrea Blackwood was elected to fill in George’s unexpired term as Trustee.

 

Roger Hoff has donated a 1916, 16 foot H. W. Model Canoe now on display at the Rural Museum. The canoe was built by the Old Town Canoe Company. This canoe was built for cruising, carrying heavy loads and for use on large rivers, lakes, large ponds and salt water. Planking and ribs are made from cedar; gunwales and finish rails are of spruce; stems are ash; decks, thwarts and seat are made from of oak, birch or ash; bang plates of polished brass and fastenings throughout are made of brass and copper. When purchased in 1916 it cost $34.00.

 

New Sign for Copeland Site

The deteriorating sign with the names of shareholders has been removed from the Copeland Site and a new sign will be erected in the spring.  A share in the Copeland Covered Bridge was purchased by Linda and Richard Ege. Linda has joined EHS and taken on the job of updating our website. Shares in the bridge help EHS raise funds for maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site. Information on purchasing a share is available on our website.

 

Fall Festival Update

What a wonderful turnout from the local community who braved the cold to attend the Edinburg Fall Festival. Thanks go to our members and locals who contributed the soups, chili and bake sale treats. Mickey Ballard of Eden Gomora Catering contributed two pots of chicken corn chowder and Jackie Nichols of Shelby’s Four Corner Diner donated a batch of chili. Denise and Joel Ferguson of J & D Percherons gave free horse drawn carriage rides. Alice Frasier donated eight beautiful quilts for the merchandise table. Constance Dodge of Dodge House Lakeside Gallery donated cards with copies of her original paintings of old Edinburg photographs. Thanks to everyone for their participation and donations.

History of the Town of Day

4266558On Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road. Dave Davidson, Town of Day Historian, will talk on the town’s history.

Day is a beautiful scenic town bordered by Edinburg, Hadley and Corinth. The Sacandaga enters the town of Day at its southwest corner, and flows in a northeast by east course across it. The Kayadrossera range of mountains are in the southern part of the town, and north of the river there are high hills. There are three small lakes, Mud, Sand, and Livingston. Oak and Bald mountains reach an elevation of nine hundred feet above the river. Rockwell’s mountain, near Day Centre, is a stony elevation of some seven hundred feet, and affords a lovely view up the valley. From the hills back of Huntsville a beautiful view of the valley, the Mayfield Mountains, and the distant Catskills can be seen, and from other hills the Green mountains of Vermont show plainly in clear weather.

copeland-covered-bridge-edinburg-ny-ray-summers-photographyBuy a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge to memorialize a loved one. Shares have been purchased by Joey and Maureen Raiola in memory of Rob Selfridge and by Rosemary Miller and Valerie Kaye in memory of their brother John E. Kaczmarczyle who died in 1965 at age 17. A donation was received from Carol J. Fortin to help EHS restore and maintain the bridge. Shares may be purchased for $25 for yourself, as a gift, or in honor of a loved one. A certificate is sent to the recipient and the name is posted at the Copeland Site. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, P.O. Box 801, Edinburg, NY 12134. Forms are available on our website.

 

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.