1876Francis Homans created Fernwood Lake for his icehouse business.Economy and Industry, Local Businesses, Maritime & Fishing Industry

Fernwood Lake Ice Company, c. 1882. Corliss & Ryan, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 20145
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Fernwood Lake is a 32-acre man-made lake on Essex Avenue constructed to harvest ice. Homans’ house located on the lake was at one time the largest building in Massachusetts and was capable of storing over 10,000 tons of ice.

“Cape Pond Ice History & Photos – Cape Pond Ice.” https://capepondice.com/cape-pond-ice-history-photos/.
Fernwood Lake Ice Company, Ice Harvest in West Gloucester. William A. Strople, Fernwood Lake, 1939, Cape Ann Museum Library & Archives, Photo 21137
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