The old houses on McNutt's were built with stone cellars and stone foundations. You can see the remains of these cellars and foundations at several places on the island. The oldest cellar on the island may be the McNutt house cellar, which was built before 1765. The cellar of our house is below the kitchen. Jonathan Perry and his son William built this house in the late 1850s.
The steps into the cellar were made by splitting huge rocks into rectangles using a technique called plug and feather. Which I will describe later, after I have learned more about it. You can find these dressed stones -- no longer used --lying around on the island.
The stones for the cellar walls were carefully selected and carefully placed.
The cellar walls are a little higher than six feet.
In the cool dim underground light, I lay my hands on the wall and feel its past: how father and son dug the cellar, chose all these stones from around the property, hauled them to this place with an ox, and laid them in the sequence that stands today.