BY LANDY ERLICK
The ice house here at the Jay Heritage Center is over one hundred and twenty years old. While the structure itself may date back to around 1890, many of the surrounding stone walls are actually rooted in the 1820s or earlier. These distinctive stone walls contributed significantly to the declaration of the Boston Post Road as a National Historic Landmark in 1993.
Unfortunately, before the birth of the Jay Coalition and the Jay Heritage Center, some parts of the property were left to weather without proper preservation measures. This was the case with the Jay Ice House, which witnessed fairly substantial corrosion. The decay, primarily in the two doors, was foremost caused by rainfall.