Ice Harvesting in Bear Creek

Posted on: March 26, 2017

What is Ice Harvesting?

Ice Harvesting was king in the late 1800’s and Albert Lewis was known as The Ice King. Learn about the history of the Bear Creek Ice Company and its founder. The village of Bear Creek was settled to house and supply the families and workers that cut ice for our “ice boxes” long before refrigerators were used to keep food cold.

After viewing a short video of the actual ice harvesting process, we will hike to Dam #2 to view the expanse of water held back to harvest the ice.

Hiking on the Old Rail Road bed one gets a feeling of the path trains used, pulling up to the ice house where they were loaded, then made their way to New York and Philadelphia. A little further on will reveal remnants of the old ice house where ice was sorted and stored by “switchers” for transport later in the season to outlying areas.

Walking back you will get a sense of what it took for the luxury of keeping our food cold, available for meals at our convenience. This is an easy to moderate hike of approximately 3 miles. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water and snacks.

Hike will be rescheduled in case of heavy rain.

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