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Hanford Mills Museum to open for the 45th season; Guided tours offered at historic water-powered mill

[East Meredith, NY] Hanford Mills Museum opens for its 45th anniversary season on Wednesday, May 16. Guided tours will be offered Wednesdays through Sundays and feature demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop.

In addition to the operating the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel and water turbines, on select days, the Museum operates its wood-fired steam boiler and steam engines.

“People are often awed by the ingenuity of the Mill and its machines, many of which continue to operate just as they did a century ago,” says Museum Executive Director Liz Callahan. “By demonstrating how the Mill evolved over its 120 years as a business, we can talk about entrepreneurship, technology, natural resources, sustainability, rural life, and other topics that resonate with visitors.” She noted that tours take about two hours, and that Museum staff are happy to tailor tours to the interests of visitors.

Visitors can also tour the Hanford House, barns and other outbuildings and view exhibits and a video. The Learning Lab, which opened in 2017, offers young visitors a hands-on play space with blocks, gears, books, and more. The Museum also has picnic tables and a shop with Mill-made items as well as 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 8, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 14. Free Family Saturdays, which offer free admission to adults who are accompanied by children under 18, will be offered on May 26, June 16, July 28, and September 1. Workshops are held throughout the season, including a Woodstove Cooking Workshop on May 20, a Coopering Workshop on June 16-17, and a Steam Power 101 Workshop on June 23-24.

See the website for more information, hanfordmills.org.

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