Edinburg society plans meeting

EDINBURG — The Edinburg Historical Society will meet Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. at the Edinburg Hill Cemetery on Military Road, where people will tour the cemetery.

Edinburg Historian Priscilla Edwards said the first settlers arrived in Edinburg in the late 1780s and 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 neighbors as needed — making money to supplement income.

The first recorded burial in the Edinburg Hill Cemetery was in 1802. Alfred Perry, 2 or 3 years old, a son of James Perry, was buried.

Military veterans are scattered throughout Edinburg’s cemeteries. Each grave is identified by field stones. 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.

You do not have to be a member to attend the society’s meetings. Membership is $5 per person and $10 for a family. The society meets once a month from March to November.

The historical society’s Edinburg Fall Festival will be Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The society continues to raise money for the restoration and maintenance of the Copeland Historic Site, which is composed of the Copeland Covered Bridge and Carriage Shop. A donation of $25 will buy a share certificate in honor of a loved one or in memory of a loved one. Upon receipt of the 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, P.O. Box 801, Northville, NY 12134.

All meetings and programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call (518) 460-1746 and leave a message.