Ice Cream in July
Icehouse, ca. 1790
— Hampton National Historic Site, National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior —
(Inscription beside the drawing in the center)
Men entered the cavity through the passage and packed the ice down, often pouring water over it to make it freeze. As the ice melted, the mass slid down the cone-shaped pit but stayed compact.
(Inscription over the drawing in the upper right)
In winter, slaves or paid workers cut large blocks of ice from frozen ponds in the property. They hauled them up the hill on sledges. The ice was shoveled through a hatch into the cone-shaped cavity that extends 14 feet below ground.
Erected by National Park Service-United
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Patriots & Patriotism • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 39° 24.994′ N, 76° 35.284′ W. Marker is in Towson, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from Hampton Lane 0.2 miles east of Hampton Garth, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 535 Hampton Lane, Towson MD 21286, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ridgely's Pride (within shouting distance of this marker); Hampton: An American Story (within shouting distance of this marker); Oranges in January (within shouting distance of this marker); Captain Charles Ridgely (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); A Romance with Nature: The Falling Garden (about 300 feet away); Behind the Big House (about 400 feet away); Greenhouse #2 (about 400 feet away); Wartime Support (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towson.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 411 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 2, 2014, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.