Pittsfield Charter Township in Washtenaw County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
[lat N42 11.957 lon W083 44.436]
While this was used as the ice house for many years, this structure may have been one of the first buildings built on the farm. At one time it had a lean-to addition attached to the west side. According to Sutherland-Wilson family tradition, this may have served as the first shelter for the family. In any event, on the edge of the farmyard, the building was easy for horse-drawn wagons and sledges (heavy-duty wagons with sled runners) to access it in winter. It was then that the supply of ice needed for the balance of the year was stored here. Most of the ice wuld have been cut from the pond behind the dam in Saline. Some may have come from Mastodon Marsh, just to the southeast of the farm. The blocks of ice would have been stored in straw or sawdust to help insulate it from summer heat. From here the ice, so badly needed to prevent food from spoiling, would have been carried to the kitchen where it would have been placed in the upper section of an ice box. The lower section would have held the food. The ice block would have been replenished as needed. Imagine also, farmhands returning from the fields after working all afternoon under the blazing August sun. The east side wall of the Ice House, which would have been in the shade by that time of the day, surely was an inviting place to lean back
Erected by Pittsfield Township Historical Society.
Location. 42° 11.956′ N, 83° 44.437′ W. Marker is in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan, in Washtenaw County. Marker can be reached from Textile Road 0.4 miles west of South State Road, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is behind the Sutherland-Wilson farmhouse. Marker is at or near this postal address: 797 Textile Road, Ann Arbor MI 48108, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pump House (a few steps from this marker); Carriage House (a few steps from this marker); Wood Shed (within shouting distance of this marker); Upper Level of the Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Hog House (within shouting distance of this marker); Lower Level of the Barn (within shouting distance of this marker); Sutherland - Wilson Farm (within shouting distance of this marker); Davenport House (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pittsfield Charter Township.
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 352 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 27, 2017, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.