Independence Day Celebration


Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate an old-fashioned Fourth

Fishing derby

Join us July 4 for a day full of old-fashioned fun, including frog jumping contests, a kids’ fishing derby on the Mill Pond, sack races and 19th century games, children’s activities, great food, Mill tours, and live music. A favorite tradition at the Independence Day Celebration is the opportunity to sample ice cream, made in a churn powered by the Mill’s steam engine. Ice harvested from the Mill pond during the February Ice Harvest is used to chill the cream to make ice cream.

Country Express perform noon to 3 pm. Tickled Pink BBQ will offer pork BBQ sliders and sandwiches. Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy.

The Museum’s 70-acre site is open to explore and tours will be offered throughout the day at the water-powered sawmill and woodworking shop, as well as the historic Hanford House, which recreates home life in the 1920s.

Kids’ fishing derby will run 10 am – 12 noon, with prizes given for the largest fish caught.

Children 14 and under should bring a pole and bait (or borrow one of the poles that will be available to borrow, courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford).

Frog-jumping contests will be held at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. bring your own frog.
Jump, Frog, Jump