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Surveys will help decide fate of Dr. Clark's house

CHAZY - After Dr. George Clark passed away in May, his house was left to the Alice T. Miner Museum. Now, the museum needs to decide where to go from there.

Museum members hope the residents of the town of Chazy, including Sciota and West Chazy, will want to accept the house, with various ideas for plans to be decided.

"Really, we would like the building to be used for the benefit of the whole town," said museum board member David Martin.

To determine what the people of the town would like to see of the building, a survey has been created, which Martin is asking people to complete by Friday, Jan. 1.

"We really would like people to know there is a survey and we hope they'll participate," he said. "It's a great opportunity for the town of Chazy if we can develop a plan for using it and we would like that plan to be based on what the people in the town want."

If the circa 1813 house, located on Fiske Road, is not accepted by the museum within a year, the house will be surrendered to the Clinton County Historical Association.

One potential issue with the museum accepting the house is the economic feasibility of the museum, explained Town Supervisor Staub G. Spiegel.

"That's the main concern right now is just seeing if it can all work. It would be a beautiful addition to the town to keep it as part of the history," he added.

According to Richard West, a local builder, the house is in good shape.

"But, of course any house needs a little bit of this and a little bit of that," said Martin.

In brainstorming options for the house, if the museum does accept it, Martin said there would be an exhibit in memory of Clark's mother, Harriet, who collected furniture.

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