PINE RIDGE CEMETERY
|Pine Ridge Cemetery is the site of a grave marking the final resting place of a famous Norwegian explorer.|
This beautiful cemetery, enhanced with a grove of pine trees and stonewall terraces, has a rich history which mirrors that of the village since the very first settlers arrived to farm and raise families. Jacob
Smith Moody, fifer in the War of 1812 and who later fought in the Battle
of Plattsburgh, was buried there in 1862. Along with other settlers, Jessey Corey for whom the hamlet of Coreys was named, was buried in 1896. Cortis Moody, the first settler's child born in Saranac Lake
was laid to rest in the family plot, a stone's throw from his birthplace.
From its founding in 1884, Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau's burgeoning tubercular sanatorium resulted in an influx of doctors and patients which caused tremendous growth in the village. By 1888, enough need developed for a Catholic cemetery with the first burial in 1891. In 1916, Pine Ridge Cemetery, Inc. was formed and purchased the Moody
Cemetery, also known as the Old Protestant Cemetery, from the family. The Hebrew Memorial Cemetery was dedicated in 1919 with the oldest grave dated 1915. The inclusion of three faiths in one burial ground emphasizes the pluralistic nature of the village - rare for a remote, rural place at that time. In 1925, plans were adopted for a vault with a winter storage capacity for twenty bodies because of the deep frost presenting an obstacle for the opening of graves during the winter.
Many founding families, doctors and their patients are buried in Pine Ridge Cemetery. Among them are two notable doctors, both co-workers of Dr. Trudeau and both T.B. patients themselves. Dr. Edward R. Baldwin, pioneer in tuberculosis research in the U.S., was director of the Saranac Laboratory until 1926. One of his patients was Adelaide Crapsey, a poet who became famous after she succumbed to tuberculosis. The other doctor was Dr. Lawrason Brown, an internationally known tuberculosisspecialist and director of the Trudeau Sanatorium. They are both buried along with other T.B. doctors in a remote corner of the cemetery referred to as "The Doctor's Section."
The Hebrew Memorial Cemetery
contains a monument memorializing
twenty-five relatives of Dr. and Mrs. Bartholomew Ring of Lake Placid
who were killed in Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. Amemorial
stone the family had first erected in a Jewish cemetery in Czechoslovakia
was plowed under by Communists.
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|Adirondacks.com creates online
partnership with historic Pine Ridge Cemetery to focus public attention
on this unique landmark in the village of Saranac Lake.
Adirondacks.com Pres. Rob Grant (left) with Lionel Arlan, Pres. Pine Ridge Cemetery Assoc