Ice Harvest Festival Tips:
- Dress warmly in layers. Hats, mittens or gloves, and boots are recommended.
- Please be aware that GPS provided directions can be unreliable in our area. Traveling on back roads can be difficult, especially in winter weather. Here are suggested directions, and we also welcome your phone calls 607/278-5744.
- Free parking is available in the large lot across Route 12 from Hanford Mills Museum. Additional parking will be available at the Meredith Historical Society (the former Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church) at 10044 Elk Creek Road.
- Admission is $9 for adults, $7 for seniors and AAA members, $4.50 for members of the military. See more information on admission discounts.
- Kids 12 and under and Museum members get in free.
- If you’d like to buy food on site, bring cash. Soup is $3, Cookies and Soda are $1. Cabana Coffee will also be selling lattes, hot apple cider, tea, coffee and hot chocolate.
Hanford Mills Museum has conducted an ice harvest for 30 years, and safety is the priority. At the Ice Harvest Festival on February 3rd, visitors will be welcome to walk on the frozen pond if the ice is 8 or more inches thick. If the ice is 6-8 inches thick, Hanford Mills staff will be on the ice, and visitors can help transfer the harvested ice to the ice house.
Just as farmers did a century ago, we monitor ice conditions and shovel snow from the pond to foster a good crop of strong, clear ice. Snow acts as an insulator and hampers ice growth. In recent years, the depth of the ice has ranged from 7 inches to more than 18 inches.
1/3/18 The ice is 9.5 inches thick.
1/8/18 After a weekend of record cold temperatures, the ice is now 11 inches thick.
1/15/18 The ice is 10 inches thick.
1/17/18 Back to 11 inches.
1/26/18 Ice is 10 3/4 inches! Good news!
1/29/18 We pulled 10-inch thick blocks from the pond today. With cold weather called for the rest of the week, we are confident that this year’s Ice Harvest will be excellent.
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