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When I was a kid, my family was shopping for a new home. One of the places we went to had a root cellar. As we entered the root cellar to examine it, snakes were dropping from the walls and the ceiling, falling on my father's shoulder and head. We didn't get that house.

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We had one at our house growing up - accessible both through the main cellar, and a trap door in the mudroom floor.  In the fall we stored bushel baskets of apples, squash, potatoes, etc.

That was one creepy cellar.  Dirt floor, low ceiling, two bare bulbs for lighting, and an open well about 3 feet in diameter.   When Silence Of The Lambs came out I felt like I knew what it was like to be in there.

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1 hour ago, jsharr said:

We had one.  Dug it in 1847 but sold it to AJ Young in 1853 along with the rest of the farm when we left to head to California and Oregon to dig for gold.
 

Here is what is left of it.

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Wow, your ancestors put the rock in Sharrock!  

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43 minutes ago, Old#7 said:

Everard is a cool name, you should have another son and name him after your ancestor. 

I would like that.  It is a cool name.  I may change my name from jsharr to everard on the forums.

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43 minutes ago, jsharr said:

I would like that.  It is a cool name.  I may change my name from jsharr to everard on the forums.

I would be happiest if you would change it back to the much better 'jsharrt'.

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We do. I made it from a large concrete distribution box that I got from the local concrete company cheap because of some defect. It stay around 45-47 degrees in it year round. We can keep taters and winter squash 4-6 months. Other things not quite as long. 

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...we had a partial project one in Minnesota.  It was supposed to get bigger.

The house I rented in TN had a dugout basement, but there was a coal/wood furnace unit down there, so if you used that old furnace for heat (I did), it didn't work as a root cellar.  You really can get carrots and potatoes to winter over in a root cellar.  I guess it works for the rest of the stuff like turnips and beets too, but I never tried those.

You need to be careful about rats and mice though. They'll go in there and nibble on your stuff. That's probably why those people had the guard snakes in theirs.

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On 11/2/2017 at 12:29 PM, Old#7 said:

Everard is a cool name, you should have another son and name him after your ancestor. 

Can I just change the name of one of the existing ones?

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There's one out back on the farm. I've been told it was an "ice house." But I think it was a "root cellar." Now its just a place no one will dare step foot in 'cause of snakes droppin' from the walls and ceiling and fallin' on our heads and shoulders.

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We had one as a child.  The basement was actually cobblestone. No kiddin'.  I hated going down there. Spiderwebs in certain rooms, etc.

Then we had one off side of kitchen....it was approx. 10 degrees or so.  We did store a huge bin of rice, lots of other stuff. Great for a family of 8.

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