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Ice House

 
 
Ice House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 26, 2019
1. Ice House Marker
Inscription.  Walls of this structure are approximately 18 inches thick and were filled with sawdust for proper insulation during the summer heat and winter cold. The primary use of this building was to store ice throughout the seasons before the innovation of refrigeration. This structure was built into the side of the hill with a root cellar in the bottom to store vegetables, fruit, nuts, and other foods. It kept foods from freezing during the winter while keeping food cool during the summer months in order to prevent spoilage. In later years, the ice house was used for a variety of different purposes, including as a workshop/office.
 
Erected by Sunrise Senior Living.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 38° 47.215′ N, 77° 16.589′ W. Marker is in Burke, Virginia, in Fairfax County. Marker can be reached from Burke Lake Road (Virginia Route 645) south of Shiplett Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 9617 Burke Lake Road, Burke VA 22015, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
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markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Silas Burke House (a few steps from this marker); Windmill (within shouting distance of this marker); Wood Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Silas Burke House (within shouting distance of this marker); Burke's Station (approx. half a mile away); Copperthite Racetrack (approx. half a mile away); Marshall Family Cemetery (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Burke.
 
Ice House Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), January 26, 2019
2. Ice House Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 7, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 624 times since then and 52 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 26, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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