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Buildings & Architecture

Ice Pit/House

The Ice/Pit House

Another of the ancillary structures once common on area farms in the 1700’s and 1800’s.

A brick ice pit and the original frame superstructure of an Ice House probably predates 1850.  Likely used as a place to store food throughout the year, ice houses were commonly used prior to the invention of the refrigerator.

The Ice Pit on the KMS Property is near the Passaic River which likely provided a natural source of winter ice. Ice, packed with straw or sawdust for insulation was used primarily to store food.