Welcome To The Schoharie Valley Region, A.A.C.A.






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The Schoharie Valley Region is centered in the scenic and historic Schoharie County of eastern, upstate New York. Located less than an hour's drive west of the Capital District, our valley is tucked in between the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains to the north and the Catskill Mountains to the south. Although most of our members are "locals", we do have active members from adjoining counties.

Our Region began due to the efforts of our founder, John Baumgarten. In the Fall of 1990, John had articles printed in local newspapers describing his desire to form an AACA Region. Five Individual and nine Joint Members signed the charter application, which was sent off to Headquarters in November. John attended the 1991 AACA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia and came home with our Charter dated February 26, 1991. Six of the original fourteen Charter Members are still members today.

Over the years our membership numbers have grown steadily until recently leveling off at about eighty members. Most of our members are husband and wife with our lady members becoming more involved in organizing Region activities.

Our logo is comprised of two items of local significance.... the covered bridge at North Blenheim, NY and the 1903 Rambler residing in the Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie, NY. The Blenheim Bridge is the longest single span covered bridge and a famous local landmark. The Rambler was the first motorized vehicle in Schoharie County and, when the owner's wife learned to drive it, New York State had its first "Woman Driver"!

Most of our activities involve driving our old vehicles. We've held "Breakfast Tours", "Ice Cream Tours and, last year, we held our first "Mystery Tour". Always looking for an excuse to drive the old iron, we've caravanned to local car shows and joined parades. Our longest running event is the Fall Tour to Cooperstown, NY. We've taken several different routes over backroads to arrive at the luxurious Otesaga Hotel and enjoy their sumptuous Sunday Brunch.

Our monthly newsletter, The Schoharie Valley Rambler, has earned numerous AACA Awards Of Excellence, highlighted by a Master Editor Award for Ron Springstead in 2001. Our website, hosted by AACA, is a new endeavor for 2004.

If you ever find yourself in our corner of the world, please contact one of our Officers, Directors or Members for an insider's view of our area. We're friendly folks and would love to meet you!

  • Comments and questions concerning this website are welcome and can be sent to our WEBMASTER, Ron Springstead, PO Box 304, Sharon Springs, NY 13459-0304, (518) 284-2394


  • Region correspondence should be sent to our President or Membership Chairman, see OFFICERS page for addresses.


This website was last updated on Sunday, April 11, 2004