Past Workshops

Fly Tying/Casting Workshop

June 9th & June 15th 10:00-2:00 at the Austerlitz Historical Society

Fly Tying Workshop
Morey-Devereaux House
June 9th, 10-2
June 15th, 10-2
Join Bill Newcomb, noted fly
tyer and trout fisherman in this interactive workshop. Bill will
entertain you with the
fascinating lore of trout fishing as well as the rich history of the men and women who fished in this area, as you learn to tie a
fly and cast a rod.

” Not as complicated as you
think” Bill Newcomb

June 9th- Learn to tie a fly
that catches a fish!

June 15th – Learn how to cast a rod that will catch that fish!

Cost: $25.00 per session.
Space is limited .
Call 518-392-0062 to register.
Snacks and beverages provided Bring a bag lunch or Lunch can be pre-orderd and picked up
at an additional cost.

Blueberry Festival

The Blueberry Festival

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we are sad to announce that the 21st annual Blueberry Festival scheduled for July 26th 2020 has been cancelled. Please consider making a donation.

This ever-popular event features early 19th Century craft demonstrations and wares, antiques, live music and entertainment, magic act, activities for children, animals, birds of prey, sheep-shearing, plus many unique and highly talented craft vendors, artisans and a special fiber art area.  There will be blueberries galore and a blueberry pancake breakfast, in addition to a wide selection of tasty food items and baked goods.


Adults-$8.00 Children under 12-FREE

No pets-Please

There is an additional charge for the pancake breakfast.

Pancake Breakfast 9:00 am-11:30

$8.00 Adults —– Children under 12 – $4.00

2019 Exhibitors

As of 7/19/19, the Artisans, Crafters, Artists participating in this year’s festival are:

As of 7/19/19, the Fiber Arts Vendors

As of 7/19/19, the Market Vendors participating this year are:

Interested in becoming a vendor? Call 518-392-0062 or email [email protected]

As of 7/3/19, the Non-Profit Organizations participating this year are:

Master Gardeners – Cornell Cooperative Extension Columbia & Greene Counties – Hudson, NY

The Spencertown Academy Arts Center

2019 Entertainers

As of 7/19/19, the Entertainers & Musicians participating this year are:

Omer Black Magician

Alan Chartock and the Berkshire Ramblers – Great Barrington, MA

Roger The Jester

Thomas Hooker Hanford- Musician and Story Teller for Children and Families

As of 7/19/19, the Special Exhibitors/Demonstrators participating this year are:

Special Events

Community Tag Sale at Austerlitz Historical Society

On Sunday June 9th, The Austerlitz Historical Society will host a Community Tag Sale . Come look for bargains or rent a table and space and sell your own items. Tables can be rented inside the barn or on the lawn. Call 518-392-0062 to reserve a space.

Inside Barn-$25.00
lawn space – $20.00

Current Events

Book Club Meets at the Historical Society

A group of book lovers have begun to meet every 5 weeks in the Morey Devereaux house. The readers come together to share tasty sweets, coffee and teas as they discuss the chosen selection .Please email Anne at [email protected] if you are interested joining us.

Past Calendars

2019 Calendars Now Availible!

The 2019 Calendars- The Old Houses of Austerlitz are now available and can be purchased for $10.00 dollars at the Spencertown Country Store or The Chatham Bookstore. They may also be purchased from the historical society at the Morey Devereaux House. Please call 518-392-0062 to arrange a pick up time.

Current Events Past Holiday Events

Holiday Open House

On December 1st from 1-4 pm the Austerlitz Historical Society will open it’s doors and celebrate the season . The Morey Devereaux House will be decorated for the holidays with fires lit and refreshments served . As a thank you to all our members and volunteers, we will have wreath making in the barn (reservations needed for wreath making) and The Gift Shop will be open,  offering a 10% discount to all members and volunteers. All are welcome to stop by for a visit and stroll through our unique gift shop.

Austerlitz Historical Society- 518-392-1667 or [email protected]


Gift Shop Opens at Old Austerlitz

Jeff Harris, neighbor and member of the historical society proposed the creation of a permanent gift shop to be located in the Harvey House. Jeff a designer, offered to undertake the entire project. All revenue would go back to the historical society. From inception to its finished state, Jeff has filled the shop with a creative mix of the new and the old, including the work of local artist and crafters. A store to delight the young and not so young.

Hours: Closed for the 2019/2020 Fall and Winter season. Will be open during Autumn in Austerlitz on September 28th and on December 7th when the Morey-Devereaux will have an open house from 1-3.



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Past Autumn In Austerlitz Festivals

2018 Autumn in Austerlitz


Join us on Sunday, Oct 7th!

The Autumn in Austerlitz Festival is held on the Sunday before Columbus Day. This year’s 22nd Annual Festival is scheduled for Sunday October 7th, 2018 from 11am – 4pm. Rain or Shine. Admission is $7 for adults and children under 12 are free. With attendance averaging at well over 750, the event features a wide array of live demonstrations from sheep shearing to butter making, antiques, live music, entertainment for children, unique vendors, silent auction, quilt raffle and a variety of hot and cold foods to satisfy your hunger including our community soup station featuring over 6 home made soups.


Vendor space for our 2018 festival is now OPEN. If you are interested in applying to become an exhibitor for this year’s festival, please read the important information by clicking HERE. We do not accept applications by phone.

Our program is subject to change at the discretion of our Festival Committee.

Autumn in Austerlitz began in 1997 as a home grown festival to raise money for the Austerlitz Historical Society and the society’s ambitious project: to create a living history museum in the town of Austerlitz which would depict life in the 1830s, and a center for historical investigation for Austerlitz Town History.

During the summer, we start listing our Crafters, Food Vendors and Entertainers who will be participating in the year’s festival. Please check back for updates. If you’d like to see the vendors that have been at past Autumn in Austerlitz Festivals, please visit our archives page by clicking HERE


Following is a list of our 2018 participants as of 9/21/18:

Crafters and Vendors:
Bonnie White Folk Art, Canaan, NY
Hands To Work Textiles, Shelburne Falls, MA
BH Upcycled Designs, Bristol, CT
The 19th Century Tinsmith – Walter Fleming, Ballston Lake, NY
Burl Busters: Fine Wood Works-Richard Light/Theresa Abe, Austerlitz,NY
Country Primitives -Cassie Schneider, Las Vegas, NV
Shaker Reproductions & Wood Turnings – Donna & Ed Mullet, Stephentown, NY
Stonecreek Candles – Kathleen Williams, Great Barrington, MA
Salt and Stone Pottery- Noel & Susan Strobino
Wooly Spruce Farmstead – Chatham, NY
Pamela Dalton,Scherenschnitte, Harlemville,NY
Joy Newton, West Granby,CT
Hudson Valley Fiber Arts, Pine Plains,NY
Ton Kenny Wood Bowls, Chatham,NY
Fly Tyer – Bill Newcomb, Hillsdale, NY
Antiques At 7 Oaks- Judy Yaroschuck- Nassau, NY
William & Peggy Holland Watercolors – Spencertown, NY
Sandy’s Soaps – East Nassau, NY
O’Boys Soap Company, LLC – North Chatham, NY
Lady and the Thread – Kinderhook, NY
Taconic Brass, Spencertown, NY
Carolines Scottish Bakery, North Adams, MA
Grant House Press – East Chatham, NY
Quilting by Diane Lill and Margie Quinn, Canaan and Austerlitz, NY
18th, 19th & 20th Century Prints – Sam Skinner, Ghent, NY
Glass by Gail-Gail Chamberlain, Valatie, NY

Farmers’ Market and Food Vendors:
Ballston Lake Apiaries – Rick Green, Ballston Lake, NY
The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, Hudson, NY
olde Chatham Kettle Corn – Lisa Tuthill, Chatham,NY
Schober Farm-Hans Schober-Pasture Raised Beef

Tasting Area: Distillers, Vintners, Brewers and Cider-makers:
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent, NY
Yankee Distillers, Clifton Park, NY

Non-Profit Organizations:
St. Peter’s Church, Spencertown, NY
Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild – Lee, MA

Special Exhibitors/Demonstrations:

Sheep Shearing by Fred DePaul, Plymouth, VT (demonstrations with ongoing commentary)
Wild Goose Chase NE, New Lebanon, NY
Tony Cashen and Friends – Cider Press
Wanda Halten – Heritage Poultry Breeds, Canaan, NY
Berkshire Hills and Dales Spinning Guild – Lee, MA
Jake Kuhnen & Friends – Blacksmithing in the Forge
Fly Tying by Bill Newcomb-Hillsdale, NY
Tin Smith-Walter Fleming-Ballston Lake, NY

Rick and Marilyn, Hudson, NY – Fine Guitar & Vocals!
Howard Lieberman, Hillsdale,NY – Fine Guitar & Vocals!

Current Events

The Society’s New Book: “The Old Houses of Austerlitz”  

Coinciding with the bicentennial weekend, the Society will be releasing its new book “The Old Houses of Austerlitz:  The History and Early Architecture of a Rural New York Town.”  This is a big book about a small town. Six years in the making, it is 396 pages, in color, and includes:

♦ a 40 page history of the town, from the 1750s to the present, by Town Historian Tom Moreland

♦ a 25 page monograph on the architectural styles of the town’s historic houses, by Society trustee and architectural historian Michael Rebic

♦ individual histories of each of the 168 buildings (157 of them houses) in the town that date from 1760 to 1888, tracing ownership, with deed and mortgage citations and other available evidence, from the earliest record to the present

♦ over 70 historical photographs, in addition to contemporary photos of all 168 buildings profiled, including many interiors

♦ 20 short articles on various local history topics, e.g.: the old roads of Austerlitz; one-room schools; African Americans in Austerlitz; Edna St. Vincent Millay; Ellsworth Kelly; Oscar Beckwith (a/k/a the “Austerlitz Cannibal”); Kinneville and the Brown store.

The book has been funded by a grant from Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund, and donations from 15 town residents, so all sales proceeds will benefit the Society. The price for this hard cover book will be $35, but only $25 for paid-up members of the Society. It will be available during the June 9-10 bicentennial weekend, and thereafter from the Society by calling 518-392-0062 or you can order the book below. It will be shipped Priority Flat Rate Shipping for $7.25.

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