Did you know that root cellars have been found in the remains of ancient civilizations, beginning in prehistoric times?
They used them in Europe extensively, so it is not unusual that our pioneers brought the idea of root cellars to our country. The root cellar kept apples, carrots, turnips, potatoes and squash through the winter, sustaining a family through those cold winter months. Salt pork and smoked meats were also kept in the root cellar if they did not have a smoke house. According to most sources, an 8’x10′ root cellar will accommodate 60 bushels of produce.