1925 Root Cellar


| 1/20/2017 12:24:00 PM


Tags: storage, root cellar, canning, canned goods, food preservation, old-fashioned storage, canned food,

DJI am so excited to join the community of bloggers for GRIT, and I decided to do my first article about my new home. It is an older home, built in 1925, and is mine! The structure itself is sound, but — as is to be expected in a house that is almost 100 years old — we are going to need to do some work here and there. It is a simple miner’s house with one bedroom and an added bathroom. We recently pulled up the old, glued-down tiling in the living room and were greeted by the sight of the original wood flooring from 1925! Hooray!

In this installment, however, I am going to talk about my favorite room in the little house. I call it my root cellar!

The first photo shows the main doorway. It is only about 60” tall, 32” wide, and 3-1/2” thick. A hefty little thing that I have to duck to go through! There is a 9” step down going into a small, walk-through area, which is 24” thick. I guess they wanted to make sure this place stayed cold! The photo is this walk-through area. (I call it that for lack of a better way of describing it.)

Root Cellar Door

The next photos show the room itself and some of the shelves. As you can see,I have it quite full with boxes of empty jars and my canned goods. There is a small kitchen or bathroom cabinet in the corner that I do want to remove. That way I can put more shelves on that side. I have included a picture of one of the corners in the root cellar as well. This shows a closer look at the old lumber and the detail they used when building these little rooms. They were an integral part of the house, and as such needed to be as close to constant in temperature as possible. They probably did not have a refrigerator, so this is where they would hang their meat, too. As you can see, there is a metal closet bar on this side.

More Root Cellar Shelves




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