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                              Root Cellar (Maakellari)

The root cellar, built into a hillside, was another essential structure on the farm needed to survive the long winters. It stored potatoes (the main food source), rutabagas, turnips, carrots and apples. Inside a root cellar, the temperature is nearly constant to ground temperature of 54 degrees, winter and summer.  Jars of home-canned foods (jams, jellies, pickles, etc.) could be stored on shelves.

 

 

 

 

The root cellar faces north into the bank on the south side of the stream in the back yard of the house. The root cellar is constructed of dry layered large igneous and sandstone boulders, creating a room six feet by nine feet. Six cedar posts hold up a log and split log ceiling covered by two to three feet of soil. The access door is a low vertical board doorway with rough jamb frame. A horizontal sliding handmade wooden latch is fixed to the outside of the door. A second interior door provides an air lock feature to the soil floored food storage building. A square wooden board air vent extends from the ceiling up through the soil and is capped by a small gable roof. ('Askel' Means Step by Gene Meier)

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Contents by Hanka Homestead Finnish Museum. Images by Edwin 'Bill' Raisanen, Dr. Colette Marie McLaughlin, Sharon Eklund, Oscar Heikkinen and others. Edwin 'Bill' Raisanen Web/Master/Designer.