Ice Harvesting Open House

orchard lake museum
3951 Orchard Lake Road,
Orchard Lake, MI 48323

Prior to modern day refrigerators, ice was the only means to keep our perishable groceries cold and fresh. The area lakes provided not only local residents and businesses ice for refrigeration, but much of the ice was loaded on trains/cars and shipped to Detroit for the meat processing industry. Ron Hanson shares his family’s ice cutting saw and photos of the saws being used on Orchard Lake and Pine Lake. Try cutting a block of ice and make an ice cone! Temporary and permanent exhibits interpret local area history and culture. Hands-on activities. No charge.

Museum tours by appointment call 248.757.2451.

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