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Tour of historic sites offered in Chazy on May 12

CHAZY — Bob Cheeseman’s latest adventure will take him through local cemeteries.

The Clinton County Historical Association’s program scheduled for May 12 will feature the Chazy Town Historian as he takes participants on an exploration of historic sites in Chazy as part of the Clinton County Historical Association’s partnership with town historians to explore historic venues and cemeteries in Clinton County towns and villages.

“This tour of Chazy will include several cemeteries,” said Tricia Davies, Director/Curator of the Clinton County Historical Association. “Some of the places are usually locked, but Bob got permission to have them open.”

The May 12 itinerary includes Miner’s Little Red Schoolhouse, the Chazy Historian’s Office, Riverview Cemetery with the Miner Mausoleum and Chapel, Miner Farm Museum, Sacred Heart and other historic cemeteries.

“They are also going to Heart’s Delight Farm and will take a tour of that with Bob,” Davies said.

Heart’s Delight Farm was developed in 1903 on William H. Miner’s family homestead of 144 acres in Chazy. By 1918 it had grown to 12,000 acres.

“Everyone will have lunch at the Town Hall,” Davies said.

Cheeseman will also share several stories related to the sites visited and the area during the tour.

“Bob is such a treasure to our history community and is such a gracious host,” Davies said.

The Clinton County Historical Association has hosted several tours in the area, including tours of Ellenburg and Saranac. Davies said they are a way to reach out to the area beyond Plattsburgh.

The tours provide people with the opportunity to explore some of the area’s stories. They are also a way to meet other people who are interested in history.

A similar tour of Schuyler Falls will be held in the fall.

Anyone interested should contact the museum at 561-0340 or by email: director@clintoncountyhistorical.org.

The cost, which includes lunch, is $15 per person and $25 per couple.

Davies believes Cheeseman will be the highlight of the tour.

“He is a humble man and a storyteller and he knows the history of the whole county,” she said. “He truly has a deep personal knowledge of the area.”

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