The Town of Edwards
Historical Association
The Town of Edwards has had a historical group since the 1970's, sometimes more active than others.  The present Association began in December 1998.

Our museum is located at 222 Main St., Edwards, New York.

All year by appointment.
Our town historian is LaVerne H. Freeman.  She may be contacted by phone at (315)562-3500 or by e-mail.
Meetings and Activities
The Association meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 PM at the History Center, March through June and September through November.  Programs of local interest are presented at each meeting.  Local citizens are encouraged to contact the Historian if they are interested in assisting with future programs at the monthly meetings.
Please consider joining the Edwards Historical Association.
Annual Dues
Individual membership: $5.00
Family membership: $10.00
Lifetime membership: $100.00
Educational Programs
The Historian is prepared to present programs on local history to school and other groups to share the many aspects of Edwards for the edification and enjoyment of others.

Call Mrs. Freeman at (315)562-3500 or by e-mail.

Our thanks to
The HERD Community Network, Inc.
for sponsoring our web site
Open House
The Edwards History Center will hold an open house August 2, 2014 in their new location of 222 Main St, Edwards, NY from 1-4 pm. Come help us celebrate. Building has handicap entrance.  For more information, contact: Elaine Archer at 315-562-3521.
Mission Statement
The primary purposes of the Edwards Historical Association shall be:
  • to collect and preserve artifacts, written articles and memories of the village and town of Edwards, and
  • to disseminate information to the general public through welcoming visitors to the museum, open meetings of the historical association, printed articles and cultural events.
The Start of Edwards
Edwards is Township #8 of Macomb's Great Tract No. 3.  It was originally a square, but later a section from Hermon was added to the upper right hand corner.  The military highway and the waterpower from the Oswegatchie River induced settlers to come to the town and establish businesses and homes.

While the first settlers came in 1812, and the large influx of Scottish immigrants in 1819, the town was not organized by an act of legislature until April 7, 1827.  The original community was started on the Island with the first annual meeting held at the house of William Martin on May 1, 1827.  Orra Shead was elected the first supervisor.

The village expanded on the mainland along the military highway (the Russell Turnpike) and the town developed with farming.  Then the discovery of talc and zinc made the community a mining town until 1981 when the mines closed.


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