The Ice Harvest

From The Fredericksburg News, Thursday, January 10, 1878

 THE ICE HARVEST is a large one, and the business activity of the past few days to gather it in, has been a stirring scene on our wintry streets. Men and horses, waggons and carts, have improved the fleeting hours in the most rapid manner and the rumble of wheels over the icy ground has been unceasing from morning till night. Mr. A. P. Rowe's pond has furnished a large amount of excellent ice, about five inches thick, and all the Ice houses in town and country will be filled with this indispensable luxury, of home production this Season.

The skaters have had a merry time. The River is frozen also, so that pound and river alike have been the resort of numbers who enjoy the lively sport or the pleasure of looking on. Some of the skatorial evolutions were wonderful to behold. And some others were not so agreeable to experience. Last night the weather looked very uncertain, and to-day's rain will break up the ice and spoil the fun.

The Fredericksburg News, Thursday, January 10, 1878

These Web sites have additional information on old-fashioned ice harvests:

Ice Harvest at Quiet Valley
http://www.quietvalley.org/ice_harvest.html
Photos and information for Quiet Valley Historical Farm's annual ice harvest in Pennsylvania.

The Pasto Agricultural Museum: Winter on the Farm
http://pasto.cas.psu.edu/EXHIBITS/CURRENT.HTM#IceHarvest
A short history of ice harvesting and its uses.

Port Perry / Scugog Township Heritage Gallery
http://www.scugogheritage.com/history/harvest-ice.htm
Photos and history of ice harvests and other ice activities in an Ontario township.