Miller’s Mills’ Ice Harvest

Kevin Hoehn


Hoehn, Kevin. “Miller’s Mills’ Ice Harvest.” New York Folklore, vol. 48:1-4, 2022. pp. 3-11.


As many of us in the Northern parts of the country push through the winter’s chilly wind, sleet, and snow with the same determination our ancestors did, looking back at history reminds us that our ancestors had “harvest” on their minds. An ice harvest. Unadilla Lake in Miller’s Mills, where the ice comes from. For two centuries in the winter, the people of Miller’s Mills have come to Unadilla Lake with long saws, pikes, and tongs to cut pond ice, and then store it for refrigeration needs in warmer months