|John S. |
The steps into the cellar were wide and deep and cut from the earth. In the spring, it was common to find salamanders on the steps or at the bottom of the steps. The cellar door (seen in the photo) was heavy and made from wood. The only light that reached the cellar was when the door was open.
It was possible to stand upright in the cellar. The ceiling was probably two foot higher than the shelves, and in the middle was a small air vent that looked like a birdhouse on the top of "cellar hill."
From the photo, you can see the wooden frame of the roof and the depth of the dirt mounded on the frame.
|collapsing the cellar|
I don't remember why my brother John decided it was necessary to collapse the cellar other than my Mom didn't use it much: her canning days were over and the grocery store provided her with preserved fruits and vegetables.
The mound of earth was not missed and the flatten area provided more parking for equipment and visitors.