Austerlitz was organized from parts of the towns of Hillsdale, Chatham, and Canaan, March 28, 1818. A little more than one-fifteenth of the present town was taken from Chatham, a little over one-eighth from Canaan, and a little less than five-sixths from Hillsdale. This area was first settled in 1757 under a deed from Mohican Indians to 75 settlers, who established the proprietorship of Spencers Town, there being 12 Spencer families in the group. The Mohicans and the settlers thought Spencers Town was in the colony of Massachusetts Bay, but New York's jurisdiction was established before the Revolution.
The 20th Annual Blueberry Festival at the Austerlitz Historical Society
Sunday July 28th 9:00AM-4:00PM
Rain or Shine-No Pets Please
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.
Children under 12-FREE
Austerlitz Historical Society (also known as Old Austerlitz) is located at 11550 State Route 22, Austerlitz, NY
For information contact us at
(518)392-0062 or by email at