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Blowing Rock’s old Ice House, most likely built in the 1920s, will receive historic status during the town’s 125th birthday celebration. Photo by Jeff Eason

Originally published: 2014-02-28 12:57:44
Last modified: 2014-02-28 12:58:30

Landmarks to receive special marker

One of the smallest buildings in Blowing Rock, the historic Ice House on Maple Drive has also been one of its most versatile.

Located near the Blowing Rock Post Office, the Ice House was built in the early part of the 20th century, most likely in the 1920s, according to Ginny Stevens of the Blowing Rock Historical Society.

Originally, it was used to store ice that was carved out of Chetola Lake during the winter. During the years, it has been the home to a service station, home of The Blowing Rocket newspaper, a TV repair shop and the ticket office of the Blowing Rock Stage Company.

In recent years, it has been utilized as a storage facility and as a ticket office and headquarters for the Blue Ridge Wine and Food Festival’s Grand Tasting event.

In 2013, the Blowing Rock Town Council voted unanimously to allow the Blowing Rock Historical Society to take over stew ardship of the Ice House.

The society had previously taken over the stewardship of the 1888 Museum, located next to Blowing Rock Memorial Park and Edgewood Cottage.

The cottage is the former artist’s studio belonging to Elliott Daingerfield.

The Ice House was recently named as one of four Blowing Rock areas to receive historical status. The unveiling of the Ice House’s new red oval plaque will take place at the 125th birthday celebration of the town of Blowing Rock on March 11.

It is one of four sites to be awarded historic status this year, along with the former site of Sonny’s Grill, the residence of Dr. Charles and Harriett Davant and the Church of the Epiphany Catholic Church.

There are now 26 such places in Blowing Rock that have been designated historically important and identified with red plaques.

The 125th birthday celebration for the town of Blowing Rock will begin at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 11, at Blowing Rock Town Hall, just a short walk from the Ice House.

According to Stevens, the Blowing Rock Historical Society plans to set up dioramas in the building that people could look at through the large front window.

One proposed diorama would show visitors how ice was pulled from Chetola Lake, then called Silver Lake, and sold from the Ice House.

For more information and stories, see The Blowing Rocket.

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