Particularly after receiving several inches of snow earlier in the week, Saturday’s 60-degree sunshine was perfect as we celebrated the United Way of the Adirondack Region’s 2021 Day of Caring with some spring cleanup at Riverview Cemetery in Chazy.
We first participated in the annual Day of Caring event – which promotes community service and volunteerism – in 2019. The 2020 event was cancelled due to the pandemic, and the 2021 event was billed as semi-virtual and encouraged donations to local charities, giving thanks to frontline workers, promoting mental health and wellness, and helping neighbors. The Institute partnered with The Alice T. Miner Museum and followed in our 2019 footsteps with cleanup at the cemetery.
Besides its location right on Route 9 in the village of Chazy, Riverview Cemetery has great significance to the Miners. In 1926, William Miner built a chapel and then a mausoleum the following year at the cemetery property. The mausoleum is the final resting place for William and Alice Miner, their infant son William Jr., and Alice’s three sisters. Additionally, William Miner’s grandparents Clement Miner and Lydia Dominy are buried at Riverview Cemetery, along with their infant daughter Mary Miner. William Miner’s Uncle John Miner and Aunt Huldah Fisher are also buried there. Land for the cemetery was donated in 1811 by Dr. Nathan Carver and the older section of the cemetery includes markers that are nearly 200 years old.
We are always looking for ways we can give back to the community as it certainly is a great way to honor William and Alice Miner’s generosity and commitment to the North Country. We hope that events such as the Day of Caring are back to fully in-person for 2022.