LONG LAKE - Ice harvesting was an important activity and a necessity in the history of Long Lake, and is still going on.
Hear about it from Tom Whitney, a seasonal resident whose whole family harvests ice every winter near Round Island, during the annual meeting of the Long Lake Association Saturday, Aug. 17, at 10 a.m. at Long Lake Town Hall. The featured presentation will follow the welcome, coffee and pastries, a short business meeting, a presentation by some of the boat launch stewards and a short address and discussion with town Supervisor Clark Seaman.
In Whitney's words, "Ice harvesting on Long Lake, from its commercial and private roots, continues on Long Lake into the present. Although several private ice houses from the early 20th century still stand around the lake, they fell into disuse owing to mechanical refrigeration and electrification, the outright ban on the sale of lake ice and decay of these very wet structures."
Whitney will describe the practices of ice harvesting through a photo essay and discussion of the private operations at Forked Pine Camp on Long Lake. This operation has been ongoing nearly continuously for over 85 years, the most recent harvest occurring in February.
The presentation will include a survey of past ice harvesting on Long Lake, of the annual community operations at Raquette Lake and Saranac Lake, and tools and specimens from the 2013 harvest.
Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy some of the history of the lake.