Image from 1958 of a man moving a block of ice with ice tongs at Millers Mills in West Winfield, NY located in Herkimer County. Three other blocks of ice are in view. On the bottom of the negative is written "Tranquille." The Ice Harvesting Festival takes place annually in Millers Mills even today.
Image from 1958 of a man moving a block of ice with ice tongs at Millers Mills in West Winfield, NY located in Herkimer County. Three other blocks of ice are in view. On the bottom of the negative is written “Tranquille.” The Ice Harvesting Festival takes place annually in Millers Mills even today.

See us participate in the ice harvest

Last year, we were named to the Board of Trustees of the Farmers Museum in Cooperstown, NY.  The mission of the museum is to cultivate an understanding of the rural heritage that has shaped our land, communities and American culture.

One of our favorite collections of the museum is the vast photo archive.

Plowline: Images of Rural New York is a collecting initiative. The Farmers’ Museum, with the generous support of the Gipson Family, is actively assembling original photography that documents changes in agricultural practice, rural life and farming families in New York State from the 19th century through the present.

Each week on Beekman 1802 we’ll highlight a photo from the collection that not only depicts where WE come from but where we ALL come from.

 

To learn more about the museum or plan a visit on your next trip to Sharon Springs, click here

by Josh and Brent

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Linda Turner

I have those tongs and a wooden ice cutter that my dad saved from their farming days-they lived with my mothers parents and I vaguely remember seeing those blocks stored in sawdust. They had an ‘icebox’, not a refrigerator…

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