There have been three icehouses on Hopedale Pond.  Nineteenth century maps show one located in the Lake Street area.  This photo shows the other two.  The one on the right belonged to Henry Patrick who owned two stores in Hopedale.  Hester Chilson told us that when the Patrick icehouse was dismantled, the wood was used in building the duplex at 56-58 Freedom Street that was then rented to employees of Patrick’s.

One of Patrick’s stores was where Stone’s Furniture is now (the intersection was known for many years as Patrick’s Corner) and the other was where the parking lot for the medical building next to the library is.

The icehouse on the left in the picture above belonged to the Hopedale Coal and Ice Company.  This is the one shown on other icehouse views in this site.  I believe it was razed in 1945. The town report for 1944 mentions a fire alarm there, but it’s not listed in the 1945 report.

Also visible in this photo is the first bandstand at the town park. As you can see, that one wasn’t much more than a platform.

The building behind the horses and the ice wagon was the office of the Hopedale Coal & Ice Company.   It was razed in 2014.

  Icehouse article by Gordon Hopper 

  When does the ice on Hopedale Pond melt? Find out here

  Cutting ice on Lake Nipmuc
– video on YouTube

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