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.

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.

April 18, 2017: André Garand on “Restoration of Old Buildings”

André Garand, Master Carpenter, will speak on “Restoration of Old Buildings” at our next monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m at the Edinburg Community Center. Beyond André’s work on historical structures elsewhere, Edinburg has been so fortunate to have André around to repair and restore the Nellie Tyrrell museum, the Copeland Covered Bridge, the Copeland Carriage Shop, and the Rural Museum. André has also helped the Society in other ways, like by restoring our treadle-powered scroll saw and teaching a new generation how to use it.

November 15, 2016: Pies and Reminiscences

The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its last meeting of the year “Pie and Reminiscences” on Tuesday, November 15 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road.

Members of the Society are asked to bring an object with them to the meeting that was meaningful to their family, played a special role in their holiday traditions, or even an object that you haven’t a clue what it could be and maybe we can help identify it for you. There will be a variety of pies to choose from while you listen to stories.

We will also be discussing how to improve the museums using funds from the Hayden Trust. So, please bring ideas along with your pies.

October 18, 2016: Famously Infamous Fulton County

The Edinburg Historical Society will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 18 at 7:00 p.m. Samantha Hall-Saladino, Fulton County Historian, will present a program on Famously Infamous Fulton County. Her great grandparents lived and worked in Gloversville in the mid-20th century when the glove industry was booming. Her grandfather worked in a hotel in downtown Gloversville. Tracing her personal history has been a big part of her interest in the history of the county. Samantha is also the education director at the Shaker Heritage Society in Albany. She has a background in Early American History (1620-1820), Women’s History, Education and Interpretation, Gender History, Social History, and material culture.

Thank you to everyone who supported the Edinburg Fall Festival, the volunteers and those who baked and provided the soups. Thank you to Jackie Nicols of Shelby’s Four Corner’s Diner for donating her chili. A big thank you to Joel and Denise Ferguson of J & D Percherons for providing the horse and wagon rides. The five original oil paintings donated by Andy Janik were raffled off and the winners are: Carol Nastars, Pete Tambasco, Audrey Rossi, Liz Vandenburgh and D. Rooney.

September’s business meeting was well-attended, and the pot luck supper right before it was a huge success. We all has a great time. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Share Certificates for the Copeland covered Bridge have recently been issued in honor of Debbie Phillips, David Cooper, Catherine Frances, Rossi Platt, Joseph Platt, Howard C. Ohlhous, Richard C. and Audrey J. Rossi and Anna M. Rossi and in memory of John Poultney and Milford “Skip” Colvin.

The 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. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

September 17, 2016: Edinburg Fall Festival

On Saturday, September 17th, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Edinburg Historical Society will hold its annual Edinburg Fall Festival at the Nellie Tyrrell and Rural Museums on North Shore Road near the Edinburg Four Corners. Coffee, homemade treats, soups and chili will be available.

The bake sale will feature home-made pies, cookies, breads and cakes. There will be demonstrations in the Rural Museum and craft vendors. The Nellie Tyrrell Museum has historic photographs and children are encouraged to ring the bell.

jd-percherons-at-2015-edinburg-fall-festivalJoel and Denise Ferguson of J & D Percherons will have their beautiful black horses providing free horse and wagon rides from 10:00am to 12:00 p.m.

Singer and acoustical guitarist Jessie Jensen will perform.

Take a short walk or drive to the Copeland Covered Bridge built in 1879 and the Carriage Factory built before 1828. The Carriage Factory was a water-powered shop owned by the Copeland brothers who were wheelwrights and makers of cabinets, coffins and furniture. The Society is hoping not only to restore the Carriage Factory but also to obtain some of the old tools and machinery. We had over 1,000 visitors to the Copeland Site last year from twenty-nine different states and four different countries.

Visit the historic Barker’s Store where in 1995 a hidden room was discovered and is now determined to be a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of five original oil painting by Edinburg resident, Andy Janik. Andy is a member of SVAN and has exhibited work at the SVAN Arts Center Gallery in Northville, the Northville High School and more recently in the Micropolis Cooperative Art Gallery in Gloversville. The drawing will be held at the close of the Festival and you do not have to be present to win.

Park and walk across the Batchellerville Bridge, one of the longest steel bridge spans in upstate New York and enjoy the gorgeous view.

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A short business meeting of the Society will be held on Tuesday, September 20 following a 6:00 p.m. Pot Luck Dinner. Bring a dish to share. Stew, casserole, bread, vegetables, baked beans, tossed salad, potato and macaroni salad and desserts are possibilities.