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Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Springhouses and Root Cellars

 
 
Springhouses and Root Cellars Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
1. Springhouses and Root Cellars Marker
Inscription. These small caves carved into the shale cliffside at one time served as springhouses and root cellars for the residents of this block.

The cooler subsurface temperatures of a root cellar helped preserve herbs, vegetables, and fruits in the days before modern refrigeration.
 
Location. 39° 19.381′ N, 77° 43.854′ W. Marker is in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Located in the Lower Town section of Harpers Ferry National Historic Site, across the street from the Harper House. Marker is in this post office area: Harpers Ferry WV 25425, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Harper House Tavern (here, next to this marker); Harper House (here, next to this marker); St. Peter's Roman Catholic Church (a few steps from this marker); Sweets for Harpers Ferry (within shouting distance of this marker); Casualty of War (within shouting distance of this marker); High Street in 1886 (within shouting distance of this marker); Shenandoah Street about 1880 (within shouting distance of this marker); "for the deposit of arms" (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Harpers Ferry.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Root Cellar in the Wall along Church Street image. Click for full size.
By Craig Swain, August 12, 2007
2. Root Cellar in the Wall along Church Street
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,009 times since then and 78 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Craig Swain of Leesburg, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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