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Edinburgh is one of the towns of the western tier. It is bounded on the north by Day, on the east by Day, Corinth and Greenfield, on the south by Providence, and on the west by the county line. The Revised Statutes define the town as follows:

The town of Edinburgh shall contain all that part of said county bounded southerly by Providence, westerly by the bounds of the county, northerly by Day and easterly by Corinth.

The town consists of hilly highlands, through the center of which the Sacandaga River runs from the southwest corner in a northeasterly direction. The principal tributaries of this river in Edinburgh are Batcheller Creek and Beecher's Creek.

The first settlements were not made until after the close of the Revolution. In 1787 Abijah Stark, a nephew of Gen. John Stark, the hero of Bennington, settled on the west side of the Sacandaga River about a mile from the Providence line. Soon after Jonathan Anderson, Nathaniel Bass, Sylvanus Westcot and Samuel Randall settled in the same neighborhood. James and Amy Partridge settled on the hill on the opposite side of the river in 1795. Isaac Deming located about this time in the eastern part, near the Day line. John Sumner built the first saw mill in the town, about 1800, at Batchellerville. Isaac Deming built the first grist mill and store.

There are but two hamlets in Edinburgh. The most important is Batchellerville, located east of the Sacandaga near the centere of the town. Across the river lies Edinburgh, more commonly known as Beecher's Hollow. Both were formerly villages of considerable importance, but their industries are now small. The churches are: Presbyterian church of Batchellerville, organized in 1808; Edinburgh Hill M. E. church, 1823-1824; M. E. church of Beecher's Hollow, 1820 to 1825.

The town of Edinburgh was erected from Providence March 13, 1801, as Northfield. The name was changed to Edinburgh April 6, 1808. The western part of Day was taken off in 1819. At the first town meeting, held in 1801.

Reference:  http://history.rays-place.com/index.htm


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