It is HOT. Summer on Edisto. Ovenesque. Of course we all think, now, of ice. But consider this. The beautiful ice house on Botany Bay Plantation. Imagine the life here in the early 1800’s when sea island cotton ruled. This building is one of the only ones that remain intact on this majestic spot.
According to my online search, “Ice was first shipped commercially out of Canal Street in New York City to Charleston, South Carolina in 1799. Unfortunately, they say, that originally there was not much ice left when the shipment arrived. New Englanders Frederick Tudor and Nathaniel Wyeth saw the potential for the ice business and revolutionized the industry through their efforts in the first half of the 1800s. Tudor, who became known as the “Ice King”, focused on shipping ice to tropical climates. He experimented with insulating materials and built icehouses that decreased melting losses from 66 percent to less than 8 percent. Wyeth devised a method of quickly and cheaply cutting uniform blocks of ice that transformed the ice industry, making it possible to speed handling techniques in storage, transportation and distribution with less waste.”
That’s all I know really. Would love to know more. Imagine.