Ice Cream in July

Ice Cream in July (HM1HMQ)

Location: Towson, MD 21286 Baltimore County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 25.014', W 76° 35.286'

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Icehouse, ca.1790

Hampton National Historic Site

Having ice in summertime was a real luxury in the early 19th century. Storing enough ice to last throughout the summer was a true feat. A large icehouse was a sign of wealth, and originally there were two such structures at Hampton. Although it looks like a grassy mound from the outside, take the steps to view the elaborate underground vault that allowed the Ridgelys to serve ice cream in July.
When the Ridgelys needed ice, a servant would descend into the pit, chip off what was needed, and heist or carry the load up a ladder and out the passage.

(Inscription beside the drawing in the center) Men entered the cavity through the passage and packed the ice down, often pouring water over it to make it freeze. As the ice melted, the mass slid down the cone-shaped pit but stayed compact.

(Inscription over the drawing in the upper right) In winter, slaves or paid workers cut large blocks of ice from frozen ponds in the property. They hauled them up the hill on sledges. The ice was shoveled through a hatch into the cone-shaped cavity that extends 14 feet below ground.

Historical Period20th Century, 19th Century, 18th Century
Historical PlaceHome
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Placed ByNational Park Service-United States Department of the Interior
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, November 3rd, 2014 at 3:01pm PST -08:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363290 N 4364245
Decimal Degrees39.41690000, -76.58810000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 25.014', W 76° 35.286'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 25' 0.8400" N, 76° 35' 17.1600" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1110 Gypsy Ln W, Towson MD 21286, US
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