Icehouses Before Modern Refrigeration: How Ice Was Kept Frozen on the Homestead

Icehouses were the answer to our ancestors’ food storage and other problems during early homesteading days, long before the modern refrigerator.

Moving blocks of ice into the icehouse at the 2008 Annual Tobyhanna Millpond No. 1 Ice Harvest in Pennsylvania, where ice is harvested and stored much like the old days.
Photo by Michael P. Gadomski