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Warm Fruit Compote

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A Cool Place to Visit: Historic Thompson Ice House

Modern refrigeration all but obliterated the ice-harvesting industry, but a slice of that piece of New England history survives just a short drive from the Newcastle Inn.

The Thompson Ice House is a working museum that demonstrates the traditional methods of ice harvesting. The ice house, which is along Route 29 in South Bristol, still stores naturally frozen ice from a nearby pond and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The ice house is a vestige of a once-important New England industry – providing ice and natural refrigeration to East Coast cities, the American South, the West Indies and even India. You can learn more about the ice industry in this article from Design New England. Today, local hunters and sailors still use ice from the Thompson Ice House.

According to the book “Maine’s Museums: Art, Oddities andArtifacts,” by Janet Mendelsohn, the ice house was founded by Asa Thompson in 1826 and remained in the Thompson family for 159 years. It was last owned by the late Herbert Thompson, who encouraged the community to preserve the ice house’s heritage.

The ice house business closed in 1985, but reopened in 1990 as a museum and is overseen by the Thompson Ice House Preservation Corporation. Once a year, on Presidents Day weekend, the ice house invites the community to help with the ice harvest.  Locals and visitors of all ages use antique tools to move the blocks along a narrow channel in the ice, up a wood ramp and into the ice house.

It also holds a community ice cream social in July using old-fashioned ice-cream-making methods and the harvested ice. This year the ice cream social is scheduled for July 6.
The museum is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays during July and August or by appointment. The site is always available.

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Please join us for our New Year's Eve Dinner as we ring in 2019!

Learn more

Recent Blog Post

image of warm fruit compote

Warm Fruit Compote

Warm your soul this season and try our warm fruit compote when you stay at Newcastle Inn. Perfect for autumn and winter this dish is more a technique than a recipe and the results are delicious! Our c […]

exterior image of Newcastle Inn

5 Reasons to Stay at a Bed and Breakfast

Whether you are planning a weekend getaway, family vacation or a business trip, booking your stay at a bed and breakfast is the best way to go! Read here for a few reasons to stay at a bed and breakfa […]

6 Ways to Enjoy Coastal Maine in the Fall

It’s that time of year again when the air gets a bit cooler, colorful leaves paint the landscapes around us, and festivals take place almost every weekend, it’s fall time in Maine! So, start planning […]

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