Visit a Historic Working Mill

Guided Tours

kids on tour in sawmillCome see the sawdust fly! Visitors to Hanford Mills Museum receive a guided tour of the Mill complex with Museum interpreters.  Tours will be offered at 10:30, 12:30 and 2:30 Wednesdays through Sundays. The tour includes demonstrations of our 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and historic water-powered woodworking and milling machinery. Tours take about one hour, with time for questions. Whenever possible, interpreters can tailor the tour to your interests.

In addition to a guided tour of the Mill Complex there are over a dozen other historic buildings on the site. At the Feed Mill you can watch a short introductory video and view the “Today’s Schedule Did Not Go According to Plan” exhibit. Tour the John Hanford House and see how folks lived in the 1920s. There’s also barns, an ice house, and a blacksmith forge. We offer free Summer Activity kits for families coming with young children, and look forward to re-opening the Learning Lab in 2022.

Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy our scenic site.  We have picnic tables available.  While there is food available to purchase on festival days (Ice Harvest Festival, Independence Day Celebration, Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest, and Woodsmen’s Festival), food is not generally available to purchase at the Museum.