Designated in 2013 as a Distinctive Cultural Tradition and Practice.

Nominator: Kevin Aucoin, Agricultural History Society of Newfoundland and Labrador

Roots cellars are free standing structures built above ground, or wholly or partly buried in the ground. They are used for storing vegetables over the winter. While root cellars are not unique to this province, they are especially prevalent on the Island. The little doors in hillsides are a familiar sight. A well-maintained root cellar kept a crop of summer root vegetables from freezing or rotting over the winter. They were therefore a crucial part of the subsistence lifestyle that allowed fishing families to settle along this province’s rugged coastline.