Ice Cutting on Hall's Pond, Berwick, ca. 1900

Contributed by Berwick Historical Society

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century the demand for ice was great. In addition to satisfying this demand, the harvesting of ice provided work for the local laborers during the lean winter months.

Berwick's source of ice as early as 1892 was two ponds covering several acres, situated on the Hall property located on what is now Rt 9. Once cut, the ice was brought by horses to the ice houses where it was stored in an insulating covering of saw dust. The saw dust was provided as a by-product from the local saw mills and another source of "off season" employment for local laborers. In addition to storage for local use, a portion of the ice harvest was forwarded on to the rail station in Somersworth New Hampshire for shipment to larger cities.

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  • Title: Ice Cutting on Hall's Pond, Berwick, ca. 1900
  • Creation Date: circa 1900
  • Subject Date: circa 1900
  • Town: Berwick
  • County: York
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 6 cm x 7.75 cm
  • Object Type: Image

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Berwick Historical Society
PO Box 904, Berwick, ME 03901
(207) 698-5415

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