April 16, 2019: Maria Spaeth on the History of the Sand Hill One-room Schoolhouse

Join us for first meeting of the year at the Edinburg Community Center on Military Road on Tuesday, April 16 at 7 p.m. There will be a short organizational meeting and then Maria Spaeth will present a program on the History of the Sand Hill One-room Schoolhouse located on Tange Road. The Society has had a new roof put on the back room and hopes to renovate the back room that was added in the 1930s when it became the Sacandaga Grange Hall. In the 1990s Roy Pearsall purchased the building and kept the schoolroom intact. In 2017 Roy passed away and left the schoolhouse to EHS.

PICTURES WANTED OF THE PLATEAU SKY RANCH AIRPORT: The Edinburg Plateau Sky Ranch airport has a rich history and EHS is seeking pictures of some of the events that have been held during the years to preserve that history. Breakfast was served on Sundays and people spent the day picnicking, playing games and watching the planes. For many years the Edinburg Volunteer Fire Company held their annual Field Days at the airport. Logging shows and also the Edinburg BiCentenial was held here in 2001 with a parade, woodsmen show outhouse races, food, music and fireworks. During the fly-ins people camped for the night. The airport is over 60 years old and just recently was used to medivac someone to Albany Medical Hospital. Please contact us at Google Voice Mail 518 460-1746 and leave a message or call Claudette Koza 518 863-4844. Pictures will be scanned in and returned to you. If you have any personal stories to go along with the pictures we would like that too.

Interested in local history? For $5 for an individual or $10 for a family you can be a member of the Edinburg Historical Society. Have you a bought a share in the Copeland Covered Bridge? Shares on still available for $25. What a wonderful way to commemorate the loss of a loved one or wish someone a happy birthday or just to honor them. Send your request to the Edinburg Historical Society, PO Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

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.

September 18, 2018: Potluck Dinner and Business Meeting

On Tuesday, September 18th, the Edinburg Historical Society will hold a Potluck Dinner at 6 p.m. and a business meeting at 7 p.m. with the collection of dues and elections of the EHS Board.

The Society welcomes everyone to its meetings. You do not have to be a member to attend. But for $5 to become a member or $10 for a family why would anyone pass up this opportunity. Are you a snow bird? Many of our members are and participate only during the summer. Wonderful programs and new friendship are just waiting to happen. There are many ways to help out the Society like baking, staffing a table or sitting at the Nellie Tyrrell Museum for a few hours during the Festivals, organizing demonstrators of old time crafts, or be the Sunshine Chair and send cards to members for all occasions.

A donation has been received from Karen and Leon Barnish. There is a correction in last month Copeland Covered Bridge shares: Eight shares were purchased by John Christman in memory of Michael McMahon.

The Copeland Covered Bridge Share Sign had to be replaced and it will not be finished until late in the Fall.

EHS wants to honor our Veteran’s at our November 20th meeting. If you are a veteran or know one who would like to attend and share some memories of your service, please contact our President, George Blackwood (at 518 863-6772) or Priscilla Edwards (at the Town Hall) for more details.

August 21, 2018: Edinburg Cemetery Tour

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, Town of Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards will lead a field trip to tour Edinburg Cemetery on the Edinburg-Northville Road by the Edinburg Common School. School children are invited to participate. This meeting is not at the community center, but some car pooling will be arranged from there or you can drive directly to the site. Please arrive by 6:30pm to have more daylight. We will also have a brief meeting at the cemetery beforehand with a Nominations Report.

In November, we will be having a special activity at our Pies and Reminiscences meeting to honor veterans. If you are a veteran or know one who would like to attend and share some memories of your service, please contact our President, George Blackwood (at 518 863-6772) or Priscilla Edwards (at the Town Hall) for more details.