Hanford Mills Museum is set to open for its 45th anniversary season on Wednesday, May 16. Guided tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays and feature demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop.
In addition to the operating the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and water turbines, on select days, the Museum operates its wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines.
Visitors can also tour the Hanford House, barns and other outbuildings and view exhibits and a video. The Learning Lab, which opened in 2017, offers young visitors a hands-on play space with blocks, gears, books, and more. The Museum also has picnic tables and a shop with Mill-made items as well as books and local crafts.
Special events at Hanford Mills include the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest on September 8, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 14. Free Family Saturdays, which offer free admission to adults who are accompanied by children under 18, will be offered on May 26, June 16, July 28, and September 1. Workshops are held throughout the season, including a Woodstove Cooking Workshop on May 20, a Coopering Workshop on June 16-17, and a Steam Power 101 Workshop on June 23-24.
Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior and AAA member admission is $7. First responders and members of the military receive half-price admission. Museum members and residents who live in zip codes (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806) neighboring Hanford Mills receive free admission.
Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices. The museum is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.
Hanford Mills is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For more information, visit their website or call (607) 278-5744.
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