Crafting Your Experience

Monhegan Museum

Ice Cutting on Monhegan Island

For over 100 years, ice was harvested from the Ice Pond on Monhegan. The ice was used to preserve the fish caught by the island fishermen and to keep food fresh in the ice boxes of the island inns and homes. In the late 1940s, over 275 tons of ice were cut per year and stored in sawdust in the ice house. By 1966, only 60 tons of ice were harvested as gas refrigeration was widely available. Ice was cut for the last time in 1972.

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