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A Spring house, or springhouse, is a small building used for refrigeration, once commonly found in rural areas before the advent of electric refrigeration. it is usually a one-room building constructed over the source of a spring. This particular spring house is more elaborate than most.

  

    You would keep the spring itself cleaned out so that you could just dip your water out of it. The water would then flow down and flood the lower end and keep it cool so you could either put our diary products and food  that needed to be preserved on the rock ledge which served as a cool sink or your could put your dairy crocks in the cool water.

Dairy crocks

The water of the spring maintains a constant cool temperature inside the spring house throughout the year. in settings where no natural spring is available, another source of natural running water, such as a small creek or diverted portion of a larger creek, may be used.

The Purpose of a Springhouse