Hanford Mills Museum in Delaware County is set to hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4.
Activities include a kids’ fishing derby on the Mill Pond, frog jumping contests, live music, local food, and steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the Museum’s historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
This years Woodsmen’s Festival at Hanford Mills Museum, will be held on Saturday, October 14. The Woodsmen’s Club of the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill, which competes nationally, will be demonstrating their lumberjack skills, including overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing, and cross cut sawing.
The Woodsmen’s Festival, which runs from 10 am to 4 pm, also features music, horse-drawn wagon rides, kids’ activities, and exhibits by woodworkers, forestry organizations, and local businesses and organizations. Visitors also can see the historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop operating just as it did a century ago. Continue reading
The Hanford Mills Museum in Delaware County, NY will host the 34th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 9th from 10 am to 4 pm.
Visitors can talk with collectors about their antique tractors, cars, trucks, outboard motors, Ford Doodlebugs, model engines, hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines. Continue reading
In February, more than seven tons of ice were cut from the Mill pond at the Hanford Mills Museum Ice Harvest Festival, and then stored in the Ice House. On July 4th, that ice will be used to make ice cream on a steam-powered churn, and visitors to the Museum’s Independence Day Celebration can sample the results.
The ice is used to chill the outside of the churn, while the locally produced milk and cream is inside the churn.
The Independence Day Celebration, which runs 10 am to 4 pm on July 4, also features a fishing derby for kids, frog jumping contests, music, delicious food, and field games. Visitors also can tour the historic Mill and woodworking shop and see water- and steam-power demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, the steam boiler and steam engines. Children 12 and under, Museum members, and active duty military and their families, receive free admission. Continue reading
The annual Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum on Saturday, February 4, 2017, offers adults and children a chance to take part in a traditional ice harvest using historic tools and techniques. Before refrigeration, harvesting ice was an essential winter activity. The ice was stored in ice houses until it was needed in the warmer months to keep food and agricultural products cold.
Festival also offers Ice Sculpting, Ice Fishing, Horse-drawn Sleigh Rides, Hot Soup Buffet, Local Farmers, and more. Continue reading
Hanford Mills Museum will hold a family-friendly Woodsmen’s Festival on Saturday, October 15 from 10 am to 5 pm. The daylong event, included with regular Museum admission, features lumberjack skills, woodworking demonstrations, exhibits, local vendors, live music, BBQ, kids’ activities, and the historic water-powered mill. Continue reading
Hanford Mills Museum will hold the first of four Free Family Saturdays on June 18. The event offers hands-on activities for families as well as tours and demonstrations of the Mill’s historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop.
The event is part of the statewide Path Through History, which showcases New York’s rich heritage. Hanford Mills Museum is on the Path Through History’s Innovation and Commerce track, because it highlights the how the Mill used a variety of power sources, including waterwheels, water turbines, steam power and gas engines, over its 121-year history as a business. Continue reading
Antique tractors, Model A Fords, outboard motors, a 1956 Chevy Belair and a variety of gas and steam-powered engines will be featured at the 32nd Annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest at Hanford Mills Museum on Saturday, September 12 from 10 am until 5 pm.
The Museum’s wood-fired steam boiler plant will power horizontal and vertical steam engines. The event also will feature Mill tours, renewable energy exhibits, children’s activities, and live music with the Stoddard Hollow String Band. Continue reading
Hanford Mills Museum, in Delaware County, NY, will be open Wednesdays-Sundays, plus holiday Mondays, 10 am – 5 pm through October 15th. Guided tours are offered of the Mill complex, where visitors can watch the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel start up and provide the power for the sawmill and woodworking shop. Historic water-powered machines are operated each day, just as they were a century ago. Continue reading