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. The tour includes demonstrations of our 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and historic water-powered woodworking and milling machinery. Tours take about 1 1/2 hours, 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. Coming with young children? The Learning Lab offers a fun place to build, experiment and explore.

The Museum is open May 15 – October 15, Wednesdays through Sundays, and holiday Mondays. The last tour of the day begins no later than 3:30 pm.  We recommend arriving by 3:15.

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.