Ice Harvest Festival Update

measuring the ice
Measuring the ice depth

Ice Conditions

2/2/20: We appreciate visitors’ understanding, and we are grateful to the exhibitors, presenters, and volunteers who made the Ice Harvest Festival a success. Thanks to everyone who came, and think cold thoughts for next Ice Harvest Festival on February 6, 2021.

2/1/20: The 5 inches of slushy, low quality ice on the Mill pond is not safe enough for anyone to walk on. But the Ice Harvest Festival will go on as planned with lots of activities and things to do off the ice.

 1/28/2020: This has not been a good winter for growing ice. The sloppy weather over the past weekend (rain/wet snow) did not help our slowly growing ice. We have about 3 to 4 inches of slush/ice, and it is not safe for anyone to walk on.  Given these conditions, visitors will not be able to help with the ice harvest on the ice. If the ice thickens sufficiently over the next few days, Hanford Mills staff and experienced volunteers will demonstrate  ice harvesting on the ice.  We will make this decision based on the condition of the ice late in the week (or Saturday morning).

The Festival will go on despite ice conditions.

Hanford Mills Museum has conducted an ice harvest for 32 years, and safety is the priority.  At the Ice Harvest Festival, visitors can help harvest ice from 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.  In recent years, the depth of the ice has ranged from 7 inches to more than 18 inches.

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.
  • Consider becoming a member of Hanford Mills Museum. Very reasonably priced memberships offer you free admission for a full year, including to all events, like the Ice Harvest, Independence Day Celebration, Woodsmen’s Festival, and the Antique Engine Jamboree. Find out about memberships
  • 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 are $1 each. Some exhibitors only accept cash as well.

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Hanford Mills Museum to offer Free Family Saturdays

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Contact: Liz Callahan,  607/278.5744

Free Family Saturdays at Hanford Mills Museum

[May 2019 East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum is offering a monthly series of free programs for families. Free Family Saturdays offer special programming and free admission for adults who are accompanied by a child under 18. Free Family Saturdays will be held on May 25, June 15, July 20, and August 10.

“We envision Family Saturdays as an opportunity for families to spend time together and learn together,” says Liz Callahan, executive director of Hanford Mills Museum.

Free Family Saturdays are funded in part through a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match. “We are grateful to Stewart’s Holiday Match and other funders that let us offer free admission for these programs. Hanford Mills is a wonderful place to learn about ingenuity, entrepreneurship, and science, and Free Family Saturdays help us to bring these lessons to new audiences,” says Callahan.

The theme for the first Free Family Saturday on May 25 is Life by the Pond. Visitors can explore the plants and animals living in and around the Mill pond. Children can make paper animals and miniature magazines about pond life. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic or a snack to enjoy on picnic tables by the Mill pond.  Free Family Saturday activities run from 10 am to 4 pm, and the Museum site is open until 5 pm.

Future Family Saturday themes are: Working in the Mill, Science at the Mill, and Music at the Mill.

On Free Family Saturdays, up to two adults receive free admission when accompanied by a child under 18. Teens receive free admission as well.

Children under 13 always receive free admission to Hanford Mills, including festivals, like the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, Antique Engine Jamboree on September 7, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 5.

For more information, call Hanford Mills at 607/278-5744 or see hanfordmills.org.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. 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 is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.

Hanford Mills 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 www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

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For more information, please contact:

Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

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New Season Begins May 15 at Hanford Mills Museum

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New Season Begins May 15 at Hanford Mills Museum

[East Meredith, NY] A new season begins May 15 at Hanford Mills Museum. Guided tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays and feature demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. In addition to operating the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and water turbines, on select days, the Museum operates its wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines. Tours last about two hours.

“We look forward to welcoming visitors to Hanford Mills Museum and operating the water-powered mill,” says Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan. “We have had several upgrades and additions to the site, including a new metal roof on the Mill complex, a new stone log deck in the Mill yard, and the ongoing restoration of the boxcar, which helps us interpret the impact of the railroad on Hanford Mills.”

Visitors can also tour the Hanford House, barns and other outbuildings and view exhibits and a video. The Learning Lab offers young visitors a hands-on play space with blocks, gears, books, and more. Hanford Mills also has picnic tables and a shop stocked with Mill-made items, books, and local crafts.

Special events at Hanford Mills include the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest on September 7, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 5. Free Family Saturdays, which offer free admission to adults who are accompanied by children under 18, will be offered on May 25, June 15, July 20, and August 10. Workshops are offered throughout the season, including a Fly Fishing School run by the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited on May 18, and the  Steam Power 101 Workshop on June 8-9.

See the website for more information, hanfordmills.org.

Admission and Information

Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior and AAA member admission is $7.  First responders and members of the military receive half-price admission. Museum members and residents who live in zip codes (13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806) neighboring Hanford Mills receive free admission. Hanford Mills participates in the nationwide Museums for All program. Anyone with an EBT card receives free admission. See hanfordmills.org for additional discounts.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. 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 is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.

Hanford Mills 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 www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:

Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum: Winter’s Coolest Tradition

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CONTACT: Liz Callahan 607/278-5744

Ice Harvest Festival
February 1, 2020, 10 am – 3 pm
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY
www.hanfordmills.org
info@hanfordmills.org
607/278-5744

Take part in a traditional ice harvest, just as communities did a century ago. Festival also includes ice carving, ice fishing, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food trucks, blacksmithing and cooking demonstrations, and exhibits by local businesses and farmers. Kids 12 and under get in free; Adults and Teens, $9; Seniors, $7.

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum: Winter’s Coolest Tradition

[East Meredith, NY January 17, 2020] Hanford Mills Museum in the Catskills’ East Meredith will hold the 31st annual Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 1, 2020. In the days before mechanical refrigeration, ice harvesting was an essential wintertime activity. The ice harvested in the winter would be used to keep food and agricultural products cold in the warmer months.

“To farmers, ice was a winter crop and a way to generate income in the winter,” says Liz Callahan, the executive director of Hanford Mills Museum. She said they have been watching the weather and assessing the quality of the ice on the Mill Pond, just as farmers did a century ago. Staff shovel snow from the ice to encourage a good crop of clear ice.

“Safety is the priority. Ice must be at least eight inches thick for visitors to fully participate in ice harvesting,” she said. “But there is a slate of fun activities people can enjoy regardless. With the cold weather returning, we are hopeful for a good harvest.” In the past ten years, ice depth has ranged from 7-20 inches.

With enough ice, visitors can borrow ice cleats and walk on the frozen Mill Pond and use an ice saw to cut ice, and other historic tools to maneuver the ice up a ramp. The ice blocks, which typically weigh 50 pounds, are then transferred to the ice house by bobsled. The ice is stacked in the ice house, insulated with sawdust from the Mill. Callahan says the ice will last until the fall.

Another ice-dependent activity is ice fishing. The Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will provide the equipment and expertise to offer kids the chance to try ice fishing. “It is always wonderful to see a child’s beaming face when they catch a fish, and the Trout Unlimited volunteers are really great,” says Callahan.

The SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Carving Team will use a variety of tools, including chainsaws and blow torches, to create beautiful ice sculptures. Blacksmiths will demonstrate a variety of historic smithing techniques to make cooking utensils and decorative pendants. In the John Hanford Farmhouse, which recreates home life in the 1920s, there will be cooking demonstrations using the Royal Bride wood-fired cookstove.

Exhibitors include Kortright Handiworks, Watershed Agricultural Council, Cooperstown Distillery, Byebrook Farm, Catharina’s Hats and Mittens, Catskill Forest Association, and the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited. Hanford Mills will also offer a variety of kids’ activities, including a scavenger hunt.

More than 15 area restaurants will provide soup and chili at the Hot Soup Buffet. Restaurants providing soup include: Alfresco’s Italian Bistro, Applebee’s, Autumn Cafe,  Blue Bee Café, Brooks House of BBQ, Cafe Ommegang, Cooperstown Diner,  Danny’s Market, Denny’s, Jackie’s Restaurant, Morey’s Family Restaurant, Oneonta Bagel Company,  the Otesaga, Simply Thai, and TK’s Diner. Proceeds from the soup buffet and cookie sale (baked goods provided by Junkyard Bakehaus) benefit Hanford Mills Museum’s educational programs.

Visitors can check hanfordmills.org about ice harvesting conditions or call 607/278-5744. The ice must be 8 or more inches deep before the public is allowed on the frozen pond. If there is 6-8 inches of quality ice, Hanford Mills staff will cut ice, and visitors can transfer the ice from the pond to the ice house.

The Ice Harvest Festival is sponsored by Five Star Subaru, SUNY Delhi Hospitality Management Department, and WSKG. The Ice Harvest Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Admission and Information

Children 12 and under receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9; senior admission is $7. Hanford Mills Museum members receive free admission. Discounts also are available for teachers, first responders, veterans, members of the military, EBT cardholders, and AAA members. See hanfordmills.org for details.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. 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. Hanford Mills, which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, will open for the 2020 season on May 15.

Hanford Mills 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 www.hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.

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For more information, please contact:

Liz Callahan, Executive Director, Hanford Mills Museum, 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org

For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org

Photos of past Ice Harvest available for media use at: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1VKbUQTRAalfRWa_dtsDZm8gwvkfbcMwg?usp=sharing

 

Antique Engine Jamboree rolling into Hanford Mills Museum September 8

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Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest at Hanford Mills Museum
September 8th festival in East Meredith celebrates ingenuity of the past

[East Meredith, NY August 29, 2018] The ingenuity of the past will be showcased at the 35th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 8 from 10 am–4 pm. The Museum grounds will be filled with the rumbles and whirs of antique tractors, cars, trucks, motorcycles, outboard motors,  hit and miss engines, water-cooled and air-cooled gas engines

The Museum’s Steam Team will be operating the wood-fired steam boiler plant and horizontal and vertical steam engines. Hanford Mills is one of the few historic sites in the country where visitors can see a wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines in operation.

The machines on exhibit, many dating back to the early 20th century and some to the 19th century, were used for a variety of tasks, including crushing rocks, sawing wood, pumping water, and mixing cement. Antique vehicles, including a 1910 Indian motorcycle, a 1925 Model T Ford, a 1926 Ahrens Fox fire pumper, a 1928 Franklin, 1930 Ford Model A Fordor, and a 1933 Ford pickup truck, also will be featured. The Jamboree includes members of the Southern Tier Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club, the Mohican Model A Club, Antique Outboard Motor Club, Hudson Mohawk Chapter of the Pioneer Gas Engine Association, the Franklin Doodlebug Club, Tired Iron of Butternut Valley, the Model T Ford Club of America. Some of the oldest  machines on display include a 1870s treadle lathe, and a Barnes hand-cranked ripsaw from the 1880s.  There also will be model engines and remote control model boats on the Mill Pond. Roger Ree will offer rides on the 1957 Metropolitan Nash Hook and Ladder Fire Truck ride from the Catskill Game Farm.

A fire truck fan and his mom enjoy a spin around Hanford Mills Museum on the 1957 Metropolitan Nash Fire Truck ride from the Catskill Game Farm at the Antique Engine Jamboree in 2017. The fire truck ride owner Roger Ree has been coming to the Jamboree for 25 years. He will join more than 40 new and returning exhibitors at the 2018 Jamboree on September 8.

During World War II, new tractors were scarce, so people fashioned tractors from old cars. These homemade tractors were called doodlebugs. Members of the Franklin Doodlebug Club will participate in the Jamboree with a 1928 Chevy Doodlebug, and two 1931 Model A Ford Doodlebugs.

“The Antique Engine Jamboree was one of the first events held at the museum,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  “We are happy to carry on this tradition of showcasing antique engines, machines, and vehicles, and are very grateful to the collectors who share their stories with visitors.” She noted that over the years the Jamboree has been expanded to include renewable energy displays, children’s activities, and steam power demonstrations in the Mill.

The SUNY Oneonta A.J. Read Science Discovery Center will have a hands-on display on energy, which includes a Stirling fan. The Northeast Classic Car Museum will bring their 1928 Franklin and have information about their collection. The Museum’s Learning Lab will be open and have blocks, gears, and simple machines for children to play with. The Stoddard Hollow String Band will play from 11 am to 3 pm, and local vendors will be selling BBQ and pie. Visitors also are welcome to bring a picnic.

Hanford Mills Museum’s 70-acre site will be open to explore. The Jamboree is included with regular Museum admission, which is free for children 12 and under, Museum members, and EBT cardholders.

Hanford Mills Museum will host the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 13. For more information, go to  www.hanfordmills.org, or call607.278.5744.

 

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum is open 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays through October 14. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy. 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12, in East Meredith, NY, 10 miles from Oneonta and 15 miles from Delhi. Children 12 and under are admitted free, as are Museum members. The admission fee for adults and teens (13-64) is $9; and for senior citizens, $7. AAA and military discounts are available.

As one of only a handful of operating water-powered mills, Hanford Mills Museum has earned a place on both the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places.  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.

For more information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

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September 8, 10 am – 4 pm
Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest
Hanford Mills Museum
51 County Hwy 12
East Meredith, NY
www.hanfordmills.org
607/278-5744

Antique engine enthusiasts from across the region exhibit their steam and gas-powered engines. Tour the Mill powered by the Museum’s steam boiler and steam engines. Jamboree also features bluegrass music, Mill demonstrations, kids’ activities, BBQ, and pies. Festival included with regular admission. Children 12 and under receive free admission. Adults,$ 9; Seniors and AAA members, $7.

Pig Roast

Come celebrate Hanford Mills Museum’s 45th Anniversary at a Pig Roast on Friday, September 21st at 5 pm.

Enjoy a mouthwatering buffet featuring local pork & signature sides, dessert, and a variety of local beverages.

The pig has been raised by and will be roasted by Steve Flemming and the Museum’s Board President, Fred Huneke. Fred & Steve are well known for their great pig roasts!

Space is limited, purchase your tickets today:

Adults $10

Seniors $7

Kids (6-12 yrs) $7

5 & under free

You also can reserve your tickets by phone (607-278-5744) with a credit card before Friday, Sept 7th.

Independence Day Celebration offers authentic family fun

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Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum features steam power demos, jumping frogs, fishing derby, BBQ, and old-fashioned fun

[East Meredith, June 19, 2019] It’s going to be a BYOF celebration at Hanford Mills Museum on July 4th. That’s bring your own frog for the frog jumping contests. No frog? No problem. Organizers say that watching the contests are just as much fun. The Independence Day Celebration, which runs 10 am to 4 pm on July 4, also features a fishing derby with prizes for kids, steam power and water power demonstrations in the Museum’s historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, the Hanford Mills String Band, field games, and local vendors.

“The Independence Day Celebration is a day of authentic family fun,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. “Some families make Hanford Mills a part of their July Fourth every year, and we are always delighted to welcome new people to Hanford Mills.”

Steam Power Demonstrations

Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few historic sites in the country that demonstrates steam power. They will be operating the wood-fired boiler and steam engines throughout the day.

“July Fourth is the ideal time to explore American ingenuity,” said Callahan.

She noted that while Hanford Mills 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

Visitors can sample ice cream made on steam-powered churn chilled with ice cut during February’s Ice Harvest Festival.  Local vendors like Tickled Pink BBQ and Shaver-Hill Farm will sell lunch and snack items. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics too.

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.

“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 hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

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

For photos, please contact Peg Odell,  607.278.5744.

News Release: Call for Antique Engine Exhibitors

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Show Your Engines!
Hanford Mills Museum seeks exhibitors for its Antique Engine Jamboree on September 9
Register by July 31 to receive special incentives

[East Meredith, July 13, 2017] Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith will hold its 34th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest on Saturday, September 9, 10 am to 4 pm. The Museum is seeking exhibitors who have antique farm machines, tractors, model engines, outboard motors, motorcycles, cars, trucks, fire engines, and water-cooled and air-cooled engines. Exhibitors interact with visitors, sharing stories about the skill and mechanical know-how necessary to restore and maintain antique engines.

Exhibitors who register by July 31 will receive a free Hanford Mills Museum baseball cap and be entered to win a wooden bench made at Hanford Mills Museum. Register by contacting Brendan Pronteau at Hanford Mills, by calling 607/278-5744, or send an email to brendanp@hanfordmills.org. Exhibitors can also download a registration form at hanfordmills.org.

“We are grateful for the exhibitors who share their collections with the Museum’s visitors,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director. “The Antique Engine Jamboree celebrates the ingenuity of the past.”

The Antique Engine Jamboree also features steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the historic Mill, bluegrass music, BBQ, and kids’ activities.

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 hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.

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.

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For questions or to interview, please contact Liz Callahan, lizc@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744.

For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org, 607.278.5744

Learning Lab at Hanford Mills

Learning Lab at Hanford MillsHanford Mills Museum features a space for young children and their families to explore, build and create. The Learning Lab offers a range of activities, including building with gears and blocks from Keva and Imagination Playground, problem-solving challenges, mini-waterwheels and other power generation models, and a reading center with comfortable kid-sized seating. 

“We created the Learning Lab to provide an inviting, kid-friendly space to foster innovation and creative problem solving,” says Liz Callahan, the Museum’s executive director.  “Kids can explore topics highlighted in Mill tours like power, energy, technology, and sustainable resources. And, because young children learn through play, we have lots of fun activities for kids to choose from.”  She noted that the Learning Lab is included with regular admission.

“Local families can view the Learning Lab as a resource they can visit again and again. It is an enjoyable, meaningful and affordable way for families to spend time together.” –Museum executive director Liz Callahan

Hanford Mills staff worked with museum education consultant Katie Boardman of the Cherry Valley Group and Museum Studies students from the Cooperstown Graduate Program to create a space especially for children 8 and under. The planning was supported in part by a grant from the Museum Association of New York.

Hanford Mills will continue to add activities to the Learning Lab. The Learning Lab is located across the Mill pond from the Museum’s historic sawmill and woodworking shop.