Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Food Preservation of the Past
You are now standing near the Spanglerís original smokehouse, more than 160 years old. Although several changes have been made over the decades, such as the tin roof, a vast majority of the original structure still survives. Smokehouses had been part of the outdoor barn complex since the 1700s, and had received their names because they were often large enough for a person to enter. These buildings were built in a simple manner and were mostly made of stone or brick in order to contain the fire and ashes. Meat was hung in smokehouses as far away from the fire as possible, as it is the smoke, not the heat that cures and preserves the meat for future consumption.
Location. 39° 48.066′ N, 77° 13.273′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Blacksmith Shop Road, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the George Spangler Farm. Marker is at or near this postal address: 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A Temporary Resting Place (here, next to this marker); A Family Who Would Not Leave Their Home (here, next to this marker); Armistead Death Site Well, Look What We Found! (a few steps from this marker); A Farm Transformed by War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trademark of Craftsmen (within shouting distance of this marker); A Hospital Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
More about this marker. The side of the marker contains a detail image of an 1890s photograph of the Spangler Farm showing the smokehouse.
Also see . . .
1. Civil War Journal - The George Spangler Farm. Gettysburg Magazine. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
2. George Spangler Farm. Gettysburg Foundation website. (Submitted on November 15, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
Categories. • War, US Civil •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 219 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.