Independence Day Celebration offers authentic family fun

Hanford Mills Museum News Release
For Immediate Release

Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum
July 4th event offers old-fashioned family fun

Hanford Mills Museum News Release

For Immediate Release

[East Meredith, June 22, 2018] Hanford Mills Museum will 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.

“The Independence Day Celebration is a day of authentic family fun,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. “The steam power demonstrations are a big draw, as is the Mill-made ice cream.”

Steam Power Demonstrations
Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few places in the country that demonstrates steam power.

“Generating steam power is labor intensive and requires specific expertise. Staff and volunteers, known as the Steam Team, will be operating the wood-fired boiler and steam engines. July Fourth is the ideal time to explore American ingenuity,” said Callahan.

She noted that while the Museum operates the waterwheel during tours offered every Wednesday through Sunday, steam power demonstrations occur only a few times a year.

Free Ice Cream Samples, Food Vendors, and Music
Visitors can sample ice cream made on steam-powered churn chilled with ice cut during February’s Ice Harvest Festival.  Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling pulled pork, hot dogs, burgers, and macaroni and cheese, the Farmer’s Wife will be selling pies and treats, and Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics too. The Hanford Mills String Band featuring Peter Blue will perform in the Mill Yard.

Special Fun for Kids
Children 14 and under can take part in a fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, with prizes awarded at 2 pm. Children can bring their own fishing poles and bait. There also will be poles available to borrow. Volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to offer help and fishing tips. Frog-jumping contests will be held at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Kids should bring frogs to participate in the races. Children can also take part in sack races, tug o’ war games, and play with a variety of blocks and gears in the Learning Lab.

New Exhibit on View
Visitors can see the new exhibit “Today’s Schedule Did Not Go According to Plan.” It illustrates how the Mill complex has been kept in working order, including repairing building structures, restoring machines and equipment, and recreating the steam plant with a combination of a new, historically accurate boiler and a rehabilitated historic horizontal steam engine. The efforts of the Mills’ owners and employees, and later the Museum founders, supporters, staff and trustees, made it possible for visitors to continue to see and learn from the century-old technology still running the Mill today.

“With ice cream, jumping frogs, steam power, live music, fishing on the Mill pond, waterwheels, and local food, we have all the ingredients for a unique and happy Fourth of July,” says Callahan.

The Independence Day Celebration on July 4 runs from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Museum site open until 5 pm.  The Independence Day Celebration is included with regular 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.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. 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, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm.

Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and AAA members, and $4.50 for retired military. Hanford Mills participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum Initiative, so all active duty Military and their families receive free admission. Through the Museums for All program, anyone with an EBT card also receives free admission. East Meredith residents (13757) and nearby zip codes also get free admission. For more information, visit or call 607.278.5744.


For questions or to set up a interview, please contact Liz Callahan,, 607.278.5744.

For photos, please contact Peg Odell,, 607.278.5744.