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Old 03-02-2020, 03:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone here on the forum have information on a Moultonborough ice house? I think it might have been near the Old Country Store.

I remember that my grandfather used to buy blocks of ice when we camped at Camp Iroquois on Moultonborough Neck. I remember them dipping it in a barrel of water to wash off the sawdust.
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Old 03-03-2020, 10:34 AM   #2
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Up through the early 1960's there was an ice house on Moultonborough Neck. It was next to and run by McCormacks store now known as "Jo Jo's".
A consumer would go in the ice house push the sawdust off of a large block of ice, score the block to the size desired with a saw that was in the house then break off the piece they wanted. There were ice tongs there which the consumer would use to pick up the block being purchased and hang it on a scale to determine it's weight. The customer would then go into the store and pay Mrs. McCormack for the purchase. In my youth my father and I would go there to fill the cooler.
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:07 AM   #3
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Up through the early 1960's there was an ice house on Moultonborough Neck. It was next to and run by McCormacks store now known as "Jo Jo's".
A consumer would go in the ice house push the sawdust off of a large block of ice, score the block to the size desired with a saw that was in the house then break off the piece they wanted. There were ice tongs there which the consumer would use to pick up the block being purchased and hang it on a scale to determine it's weight. The customer would then go into the store and pay Mrs. McCormack for the purchase. In my youth my father and I would go there to fill the cooler.
Man that brings back memories. I can still see her sitting by the register as I approached with my hands full of candy. Dot was her name if I recall correctly.
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:21 AM   #4
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On a smaller scale Robbin's store in center harbor had a small sawdust ice house a million years ago, maybe 6x6x6
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Man that brings back memories. I can still see her sitting by the register as I approached with my hands full of candy. Dot was her name if I recall correctly.
Her name was Dot and in addition to candy she usually had homemade pastries for sale. The local ladies would bake fruit tarts and fig squares and Dot would have them at the register.
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:33 AM   #6
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The Homestead Farm, now known as the Olde Orchard Inn, had an ice house on the property. As far as I know, it is still there. My folks would stop at the Homestead Farm to pick up their oars and oarlocks and a block of ice before rowing out to their camp. Many of the island campers near Lees Mill did the same back in the early 1900s. There was a rack on the wall in the barn where oars and oarlocks were stored and each camp had their camp name on the rack.
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Old 03-03-2020, 11:48 AM   #7
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If you are interested in some of the early history of the Homestead Farm, here are a couple of links you may enjoy. These videos can also be found on the Moultonborough Historical Society website.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmlcfe2l9WQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FbwB8yNMC4E
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The Homestead Farm, now known as the Olde Orchard Inn, had an ice house on the property. As far as I know, it is still there. My folks would stop at the Homestead Farm to pick up their oars and oarlocks and a block of ice before rowing out to their camp. Many of the island campers near Lees Mill did the same back in the early 1900s. There was a rack on the wall in the barn where oars and oarlocks were stored and each camp had their camp name on the rack.
I own one of those old camps. We have no electricity so ice is a necessary part of our trips. In our exploration we have found two sunken wooden rowboats in front of the camp and up a stream leading into the so called "Haith"

Camping at Camp Iroquois with my Grandfather is what introduced me to the lake.

I am guessing that the Icehouse on Moultonborough neck is probably the one he stopped at as it would have been on the way.

Very interesting history.

Would you know any history of the old Fogg camp?
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Jeez you people are old.
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Jeez you people are old.
So? With a little luck you will be old some day too.
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I own one of those old camps. We have no electricity so ice is a necessary part of our trips. In our exploration we have found two sunken wooden rowboats in front of the camp and up a stream leading into the so called "Haith"

Camping at Camp Iroquois with my Grandfather is what introduced me to the lake.

I am guessing that the Icehouse on Moultonborough neck is probably the one he stopped at as it would have been on the way.

Very interesting history.

Would you know any history of the old Fogg camp?
Which one is the Fogg camp?
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Directly across from the old Marcus camp near the loon nest.
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Size:  113.3 KB this is an ice house that I will be rebuilding . It was built sometime during the 20s in the area of Smith point
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Directly across from the old Marcus camp near the loon nest.
That's what I thought. I'll work on that and post later.
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Old 03-06-2020, 08:29 AM   #15
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sluggo - Where is that on Smith Point??
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Old 03-06-2020, 10:14 AM   #16
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An ice-house with windows?


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its almost right across from Smith Point on the 109 side off of Fir tree lane . We rebuilt the boat house there a couple years ago. this is looking at red hill from inside.
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Pineedles over the years the ice house has changed a bit but its still functional and its such a great piece of history !
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An ice house circa 1914 located on East Bear Island was converted to a guest house in the late 1960's. 🐻
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Attachment 15640 this is an ice house that I will be rebuilding . It was built sometime during the 20s in the area of Smith point
I'm confident that the walls are very thick!
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