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Hermitage in Davidson County, Tennessee — The American South (East South Central)
 

Icehouse

 
 
Icehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
1. Icehouse Marker
Inscription. The Hermitage icehouse, a common feature on larger farms and plantations during the nineteenth century, stood on the north side of the smokehouse.

Archaeological excavation at this site in 1993 uncovered a portion of a 20 by 20 foot rectangular hole at least fifteen feet deep, the only remnant of the facility.

The pit was used to store and insulate winter ice and snow for use in cooling food and drink during the warm spring and summer months. The icehouse was completed in January of 1837, in conjunction with the reconstruction of the mansion after the 1834 fire. Although no description or image of the building exists, it is likely a low wooden A-frame structure once covered the pit.
 
Location. 36° 12.921′ N, 86° 36.791′ W. Marker is in Hermitage, Tennessee, in Davidson County. Marker can be reached from Rachels Lane 0.3 miles east of Hermitage Road. Click for map. Marker is located between the smokehouse and triplex on the walking path. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4580 Rachels Lane, Hermitage TN 37076, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Triplex (here, next to this marker); A Landscape Of Inequality (a few steps from this marker); The Work Yard
Icehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, September 25, 2010
2. Icehouse Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Explore The Hermitage Grounds (within shouting distance of this marker); Alfred’s Cabin (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hermitage Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); The Garden Privy (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Architectural Evolution Of The Hermitage (about 300 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Hermitage.
 
Also see . . .  The Hermitage, The Home of President Andrew Jackson. (Submitted on February 10, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
 
Categories. Antebellum South, US
 
Wide view of Icehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 14, 2015
3. Wide view of Icehouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 429 times since then and 4 times this year. Last updated on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   3. submitted on , by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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