Root Cellar (Maakellari)





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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