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Trenton in Gilchrist County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Crystal Ice House

 
 
Crystal Ice House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
1. Crystal Ice House Marker
Inscription.  Originally the old Crystal Ice and Cold Storage Building was built by Clyde Townsend's father in 1925, before being bought by “J.F.” Haigler, owner of the Coca Cola franchise in Trenton. During many a day, Mr. Haigler would sit in a rocking chair on the front porch and sell to his customers. Ice for iced tea cost 10 cents, whereas a larger chunk for ice cream cost 25 cents. The building was actively used as an ice house until at least 1940. During this time the ice house was also used to cure meat brought in by the local farmers, especially hogs. Inside the ice house were vats filled with brine. After 1940, the widespread use of refrigeration in the area limited the need for large quantities of home ice or meat curing, and only a few commercial customers were left.

This restored building now houses Antiques, Long-arm Machine Quilting, the Mane Street Hair Salon, a Quilt Classroom, Primitive Reproductions, Sewing Machine Repair and the Ruffled Rose Tea Room.

Purchased by Paul & Stephanie Metts December 2, 2008

Florida Quilt Trail
Trenton & The Tri County Area
February 15, 2013
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Erected 2013 by Florida Quilt Trail, Trenton & the Tri County Area.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1925.
 
Location. 29° 36.977′ N, 82° 49.135′ W. Marker is in Trenton, Florida, in Gilchrist County. Marker is on Northwest 4th Avenue east of Northwest 1st Street, on the left when traveling east. Marker is mounted directly on the south side of the subject building, at eye-level, facing Northwest 4th Avenue, just to the right of the main entrance. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 111 Northwest 4th Avenue, Trenton FL 32693, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trenton's Compass Rose (within shouting distance of this marker); Coca Cola Bottling Plant (within shouting distance of this marker); John Franklin Beach, Sr. (approx. ¼ mile away); Fanning Springs Bridge (approx. 7.2 miles away); The History of Fort Fanning (approx. 7.3 miles away); Steamboat "City of Hawkinsville" (approx. 7.3 miles away); Old Town School (approx. 9.9 miles away); Oldtown (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Trenton.
 
More about this marker. Marker is a wood-framed and glass-covered poster, mounted on the building wall.
 
Crystal Ice House Marker (<i>wide view; marker visible just right of main entrance</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
2. Crystal Ice House Marker (wide view; marker visible just right of main entrance)
Crystal Ice House (<i>wide view of front/south side from Northwest 4th Avenue</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
3. Crystal Ice House (wide view of front/south side from Northwest 4th Avenue)
Crystal Ice House (<i>southeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
4. Crystal Ice House (southeast corner view)
Crystal Ice House (<i>wide view of back/north side</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
5. Crystal Ice House (wide view of back/north side)
Crystal Ice House (<i>northeast corner view</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, November 15, 2018
6. Crystal Ice House (northeast corner view)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 18, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 16, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 637 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 18, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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