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Smokehouse / Icehouse

 
 
Smokehouse / Icehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
1. Smokehouse / Icehouse Marker
Inscription.  
      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 it’s 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.
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Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1828.
 
Location. 40° 2.584′ N, 76° 19.868′ W. Marker is near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in Lancaster County. It is in Lancaster Township. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Marietta Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 23) and N President Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Marker is on the grounds of Wheatland. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1120 Marietta Ave, Lancaster PA 17603, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Outbuildings (a few steps from this marker); James Buchanan Home (within shouting distance of this marker); The Back (South Façade) of Wheatland (within shouting distance of this marker); The Privy (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Privy (within shouting distance of this marker); The Front (North Façade) of Wheatland (within shouting distance of this marker); Corn Milling Stones (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Frog Pond & West Meadow (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Also see . . .
1. Wheatland. National Park Service website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 

2. President James Buchanan’s Wheatland.
Smokehouse / Icehouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
2. Smokehouse / Icehouse Marker
LancasterHistory.org website. (Submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.) 
 
Marker at Wheatland image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
3. Marker at Wheatland
Smokehouse / Icehouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
4. Smokehouse / Icehouse
Inside the Smokehouse / Icehouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
5. Inside the Smokehouse / Icehouse
Inside the Smokehouse / Icehouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
6. Inside the Smokehouse / Icehouse
Wheatland image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Coughlin, April 12, 2012
7. Wheatland
The Smokehouse / Icehouse is located behind the mansion at Wheatland.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 7, 2023. It was originally submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on April 13, 2012, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.

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