Hanford Mills Museum in Delaware County, NY is set to cap off its 45th anniversary season with the Woodsmen’s Festival on Saturday, October 13, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The festival offers lumberjack skills and woodworking demonstrations, horse-drawn wagon rides, local exhibitors, music, and kids’ crafts and science explorations. Visitors also can tour the historic water-powered sawmill and woodworking shop, and see late 19th and early 20th century technology at work.
The SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club will demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, fire build, and other lumberjack skills. The club competes throughout the Northeast.
There will be woodworking, wood turning, and coopering demonstrations and exhibits. Bourbon & Branch will play in the Mill Yard from 1 to 4 pm. Exhibitors also include Awestruck Ciders, Abba’s Acres, Shaver-Hill Farm, Catharina’s Hats and Mittens, Gilson’s Native American Crafts, Pure Catskills, My Woodlot, and Tickled Pink BBQ.
The Cooperstown Graduate Program will be offering a slate of activities. Kids can make a mini-forest, create leaf rubbings and stick dolls, and build model beaver dams and test how well they work. The Learning Lab will be open with gears, blocks and kid-focused activities.
The Museum’s gift shop features Mill-made crafts, traditional toys, sweets, books and local products. Hanford Mills Museum closes for the season on October 14.
Children 12 and under are free. Admission for adults and teens is $9, for seniors, $7. AAA and other discounts available. Museum members receive free admission.
Hanford Mills Museum 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.
Photo of SUNY Cobleskill Woodsmen’s Club demonstration provided by Handford Mills Museum.