Eden House Root Cellar

Eden House Root Cellar (HM159S)

Location: Windsor, NC 27983 Bertie County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 59.516', W 76° 56.625'

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In the days before electricity and refrigerators, many people built a kind of half-basement under a home or shed called a "root cellar" to store food.

The natural insulation of the ground lets root cellars maintain a fairly constant cool temperature (c 50-55?F), which deters the spoiling of food. Long ago people learned that crops could be stored in root cellars after harvest season and stay fresh through winter.

The bricks in this floor were discovered in the 1990s during construction of a bridge across the Chowan River. They were part of a colonial homestead called "Eden House," which was built in eastern Bertie County in the late 1600s-early 1700s.

Find out more about the history of the Eden House site in the building to your left.

(If the building is locked during operating hours Tuesday-Saturday, please ask for assistance inside the Roanoke/Cashie River Center.)
HM NumberHM159S
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Date Added Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 11:11pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 324786 N 3984800
Decimal Degrees35.99193333, -76.94375000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 59.516', W 76° 56.625'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 59' 30.96" N, 76° 56' 37.50" W
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Area Code(s)252
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 507 S Queen St, Windsor NC 27983, US
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