Ice Harvest Festival Update

measuring the ice
Measuring the ice depth

Ice Conditions Update

Hanford Mills Museum has conducted an ice harvest for 30 years, and safety is the priority.  At the Ice Harvest Festival on February 2, 2019, 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, in the weeks leading up to the Ice Harvest 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.

January 11: Today we shoveled the snow from the pond and measured the ice at about 4 inches deep. With the next few nights dropping into the single digits (brrr!) it’s good ice making weather.


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 each.
First ice blocks harvested from the pond on Jan. 29.
First ice blocks harvested from the pond on Jan. 29, 2018.


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