George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 7 January 1785]

Friday 7th. Road to my Mill, Ferry, Dogue run, & Muddy hole Plantations.

Preparing my dry well, and the Well in my New Cellar for the reception of Ice.

But little wind, and that Southwardly. Day very pleasant—tho’ it thawed but little.

The well in the new cellar was to prove unsatisfactory (see entry for 5 June). The dry well that GW used as an icehouse was first mentioned in 1773, when it was being repaired (LEDGER B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 140). It was located at the southeast corner of the river lawn. In 1784 GW had considered building a new icehouse but decided instead to repair and improve the old one. On 2 June he wrote Robert Morris that the snow with which he had packed his icehouse was already gone, and requested advice and a description of Morris’s icehouse (DLC:GW). Morris suggested, among other things, that GW not use snow but pound ice into small pieces so it would freeze into a mass (15 June 1784, DLC:GW).

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