Ice was considered a valuable crop on most farms ranging from the 18th and 19th to early 20th centuries.  

On Saturday, the staff and volunteers at the Historic Dreibelbis Farm in the Virginville section of Ruscombmanor Township, re-enacted the Pennsylvania Dutch practice of cutting large blocks of ice from ponds and waterways and storing them in thick-walled ice houses.

Under proper conditions the ice would last into and through the summer. The ice allowed farmers to keep their produce, milk and other perishables from spoiling in the summer heat.

Ice harvesting tools and other historic items and large wagons pulled by a team of horses were among the attractions at the presentation. 

For more information about Historic Dreibelbis Farm visit www.dreibelbisfarm.org or call 610-488-7896.

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