The annual ice harvest will take place on Saturday, February 6th at the Noble & Cooley Mill Pond (Water Street, Granville, MA). Sponsored by the Noble & Cooley Museum, Suffield Land Conservancy and Suffield Historical Society, the event is open to the public from noon to 3:00. Dress warmly and come learn how to handle antique ice tools, visit the drum museum, and indulge in hot cocoa to warm up. Storm date is Sunday, February, 7th.
Dennis Picard, director of Storrowton Village Museum, will organize the harvest and invite visitors to join him on the ice (conditions permitting) to use the ice saw and other tools to experience life before the days of refrigeration. A video on ice harvesting in New England will also be shown continuously in the NCCHP Museum.
The rescue horses from the Blue Star Equiculture Farm ( [ http://www.equiculture.org/ ][ http://www.equiculture.org ]www.equiculture.org) will be back for Ice Harvest again this year. Be sure to come visit these amazing work horses and learn about their history! The museum will be open for tours that focus on Yankee Ingenuity from the 1850’s to current day. We hope to bring people together to rekindle the community spirit of the farm communities and industrial villages that were common in most of New England. The Noble & Cooley Center for Historic Preservation invites everyone with an interest in “living history” to join us at the museum.
The NCCHP museum is located at 42 Water St. Granville, MA, in the historic buildings of the Noble & Cooley Toy Drum Factory. There is no charge for the event but donations will be gratefully accepted. If the ice is not thick enough for cutting, Dennis will still be giving his talk and demonstrating from the shore. Hope to see you and your families there!