RIVERSIDE – With some people remembering ice being delivered, volunteers are constructing an ice house to be open to the public during Danville’s Iron Heritage Festival.
The ice house, which they guarantee to be the coolest place during the festival, is being built behind The English Garden and just off the Danville-Riverside Bridge in Riverside.
Dan-Ber Concrete donated concrete blocks for the sides. Timbers are being placed on top from the former planning mill on the property.
Ken Kremser, one of The English Garden owners, will be placing several tons of soil over the structure as insulation, said Van Wagner, of the Danville area.
Inside will be a 10-foot by 10-foot area. “We hope to stock it with several tons of ice,” said Wagner with each block estimated last 300 pounds. They will put a layer of sawdust and a layer of ice as was done in the years before refrigeration.
“We hope to get an old refrigerated door from Marc VanSickle,” he said.
The ice house will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 19.
Hunter Lingle of Lewisburg and one of Wagner’s students, is building the structure for his senior project.
A program will be presented about the ice house at 1 p.m. where tools will be demonstrated and the volunteers will discuss ice harvesting from dams in the area.
“This is the 10th anniversary for the log raft Ken and I took down the river,” said Wagner who has spearheaded projects during the festival.
They include building a coal dredger on display the past two years, making charcoal, forming bricks and producing black powder. Hunter, 17, also was key builder of the dredger.
“It seemed the right time for this and the perfect time to use the lot,” Wagner said of the ice house project. He is an environmental science teacher, musician, songwriter and historian. Wagner will be participating in other festival activities.