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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
Photos from Quiet Valley Historical Farm's annual ice harvest in Pennsylvania.

Port Perry / Scugog Township Heritage Gallery
Photos and history of ice harvests and other ice activities in an Ontario township.

The Thompson Ice House Harvesting Museum
"In the small Maine village of South Bristol, a hardy group of volunteers gather each year to harvest naturally frozen ice, in much the same way it has been done since 1826. The annual Ice Harvest brings people from all over the local area and far beyond, to watch the harvest and participate in an historical reenactment of ice harvesting."