Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Food Preservation of the Past
You are now standing near the Spangler’s original smokehouse, more than 160 years old. Although several changes have been made over the decades, such as the tin roof, a vast majority of the original structure still survives. Smokehouses had been part of the outdoor barn complex since the 1700s, and had received their names because they were often large enough for a person to enter. These buildings were built in a simple manner and were mostly made of stone or brick in order to contain the fire and ashes. Meat was hung in smokehouses as far away from the fire as possible, as it is the smoke, not the heat that cures and preserves the meat for future consumption.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Agriculture.
Location. 39° 48.066′ N, 77° 13.273′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Blacksmith Shop Road, on the right when traveling south. Marker is located at the George Spangler Farm. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 488 Blacksmith Shop Road, Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distanceA Temporary Resting Place (here, next to this marker); A Family Who Would Not Leave Their Home (here, next to this marker); Armistead Death Site (a few steps from this marker); Well, Look What We Found! (a few steps from this marker); A Farm Transformed by War (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trademark of Craftsmen (within shouting distance of this marker); A Hospital Under Fire (within shouting distance of this marker); The George Spangler Farm Civil War Hospital Site (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
More about this marker. The side of the marker contains a detail image of an 1890s photograph of the Spangler Farm showing the smokehouse.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 315 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 15, 2014, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.