Founded in the 1750’s, the town is rich in history – some early settlers and sons served in the Revolutionary War. The streams of Austerlitz gave rise to industries such as farming, raising sheep, and mill operations. Saw mills, grist mills, mills for wool carding and the making of cider, shingles and planes enabled the settlers to make a living. Vestiges of old milk, early gravesites and historic buildings still remain.
The Austerlitz Historic Society, organized in 1988, celebrates the heritage of the Town and has as its goal making this heritage known and appreciated through the collection and preservation of documents, artifacts, and buildings.
Historic buildings on the beautiful 15-acre site on Route 22 and Harvey Mountain Road enable the society to educate visitors through house tours, exhibits, and demonstrations.