January 12, 2019 3:30 pm
Venfort Hall Tea & Talk: Crystal Products of the Frost King: Ice Harvesting in New England. A museum professional in the field of living history, historian and author Dennis Picard will give a presentation here at the mansion on ice harvesting and New England’s natural ice industry. Picard will make his presentation followed by a Victorian tea. The commercial harvesting and export of ice from New England’s frozen lakes and ponds began in the first decade of the 19th century. By the end of the century, ice harvesting was the ninth largest industry in the US, employing tens of thousands of workers in New England alone and producing hundreds of thousands of tons of block ice annually. Tickets for the Picard Tea and Talk are $26 for advance reservations and $32 day of the event. Reservations are highly recommended as attendance is limited. For reservations call us at 413-637-3206.