Lancaster in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Smokehouse / Icehouse
† † † One of the three buildings constructed in 1828, this west dependency appears to have been a combination smokehouse / icehouse when it was originally built. Located a convenient distance from the basement kitchen, it is built of brick, wood, slate, and stone. With a basement “pit” that is 12 feet deep, constructed of 12 inch thick stones, it appears that storing ice was itís primary purpose. Ice was probably loaded through the shuttered window close to the west drive. The buildings original appearance probably included a steep exterior stair to the second story door. The double thickness floor, with plaster covering, served to insulate the icehouse while providing minimal protection from fire. The second story has a firebox in the northeast corner, and a revolving rack in the center of the room. It would seem plausible that this story was used for smoking meats or fowl, or drying herbs or crops. With the advent of modern conveniences in the last half of the 19th century, the function of both the icehouse and smokehouse became redundant. The building was then used as a storage or garden shed, which it is used for today.
Location. 40° 2.584′ N, 76° 19.868′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. Marker can be reached Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of Wheatland. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James Buchanan Home (within shouting distance of this marker); Privy (within shouting distance of this marker); Ambulance Co. No. 111 † 28th Division A.E.F. (approx. half a mile away); James Tilden Sheckard (approx. half a mile away); Wheatland (approx. half a mile away); Leo F. Hauck (approx. half a mile away); U.S.S. Maine Memorial (approx. half a mile away); James Buchanan (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Lancaster.
Also see . . .
1. Wheatland. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. President James Buchananís Wheatland. LancasterHistory.org website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
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