Harvesting Ice

Harvesting Ice (HMBDK)

Location: Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Country: United States of America
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N 37° 12.07', W 76° 45.59'

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Among the ruins of New Towne was a seven-foot pit, dug in colonial times. Not deep enough for a well, the hole tapered from 14 feet wide at the rim to 6 feet wide at the sandy bottom.

In Britain in the 1600s, perishables were often stored in huts built over pits filled with layers of fresh-water ice and straw. The trapped frigid air could keep meat and dairy products fresh until autumn.

The colonists brought with them their Old World patterns of subsistence: milling, baking, brewing, and preserving food. The hole found at New Towne was very likely a traditional English ice pit.
Placed ByColonial National Historic Park
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Date Added Saturday, September 13th, 2014 at 2:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 343823 N 4118639
Decimal Degrees37.20116667, -76.75983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 12.07', W 76° 45.59'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 12' 4.20" N, 76° 45' 35.40" W
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Area Code(s)757, 202
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1670 Unnamed Road, Williamsburg VA 23185, US
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