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When most of us think of harvesting, we envision fields of grain, or orchards of fruit, or rows of vegetables. We think of summer. And autumn.

by Josh and Brent

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I’ve heard of the Hanford Mills Museum, and knew they had an ice harvest, but haven’t attended. Thanks so much for sharing. It is terrific that this is still practiced so that folks can learn about it.

Linda Vintro

I may be only 67, but I remember a pond near my childhood home that was called The Ice Pond, where we swam, until polio made us all afraid to swim together (and then there were the leeches….). I also once bought an odd object that turned out to be an ice saw, which we sold at a yard sale to someone old enough to recognize what it was.
To think that in this day and age of refrigerators that regularly pour ice into containers for our quick use, we are not that far removed from ice ponds.


Thx for all the winter scenes. Too warm here (75 today) – will always miss NY! Be well –

Linda Schnell- Leonardi

What a wonderful day@! G’s store in South Philly has the last working Ridgeway Walk in Refrigerator in Philadelphia. The store used to be in the early 1900’s a Kosher Butcher shop. There is the “Hatch” at the top, where ice was put in to keep the ice box cold. After more than half a century, a compressor was added, and ice was not needed anymore. G, used it for the entire time he had his deli, 23 years, and now our tenants use the space for their Coffee shop. You must have had a blast….

Mary Collins

Today was the ice harvest in Millers Mills NY. You should check it out next year. It’s not too far away. They haul the ice to the ice house on horse-drawn wagons, and you can ride along. It’s a great day!

Robin A

This reminds me so much of the descriptions in Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Her husband Almanzo Wilder lived on a farm in New York State as a boy, and one of her books (“Farmer Boy”)was about that. I hope you do go back for the ice cream on the 4th! I would love to see the ice then.

Vicky Klukkert

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to the ice harvest this year, but enjoyed everyone I did get to in the past. Still haven’t gotten to the July 4 festivities and I have lived in Delaware county most of my life. Maybe this year.


Thank you for sharing this. It was very interesting. I always wondered how ice houses pre electric refrigeration kept the ice from thawing. Also interesting the ice industries impact on the economy.


I see two layers of ice blocks in the ice house but it looks like a work in progress. How many layers will it take to make the ice last until July? I live where it doesn’t get that cold so I’m ‘enjoying’ the winter vicariously through you.

Karen McClellan

That was very interesting. I didn’t ever think about an ice business and what that meant to the economy in days before refrigeration. Thanks for sharing.


What a great story, and a reminder that we didn’t always have all these modern conveniences. I knew that ice was harvested back in the day…how cool that some of it came from Sharon Springs!


Very cool! (Pun not initially intended) Thanks for going out in the cold for us and then sharing these great photos. It will be interesting to see how the ice looks in July.