Ice Harvesting & Transportation

Ice Harvesting & Transportation

Ed Howard, Jim Witham & Dave Brown

Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p. m.

Waterline Center

Admission $6 members, $8 nonmembers

Ed Howard will present a charming DVD taken from an old 33 minute movie on New England ice harvesting, Ice Harvesting Sampler, from the Northeast Historic Film collection. Some of their films will be available for sale at the program, with a portion of the sales being donated to the museum.

Using this introduction, Jim Witham will discuss the ice harvesting industry on Chebacco Lake in Essex. At one point in the late 1800’s, ice cutting in Essex was actually a more financially significant industry than shipbuilding. Jim will relate how the railroad in Essex was in reality built to haul ice out of town rather than to haul lumber into town!

Dave Brown will show some of the ice industry tools from the museum’s collection and talk on how they were used. Tuesday, April 14, 7:30 p. m. Admission $6 for members, $8 for non-members. The Waterline Center is a handicap accessible building.

For more information call (978) 768-6441

66 Main St., Essex, MA 01929