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Valley Rewind: Montreat winter 1917-18

Courtesy of Swannanoa Valley Museum
Special to Black Mountain News
This 1917-18 photograph shows several Montreat residents cutting blocks of ice.

This 1917-18 photograph shows several Montreat residents cutting blocks of ice. The winter of 1917-18 was so cold that the Lake Susan froze about 18 inches thick. After being cut, these blocks would then be moved across the dam at Lake Susan to build an ice house between the old bookstore and Calvin Auditorium. The ice house would go on to provide ice to conferees at Montreat for the entirety of that upcoming summer.