Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum

All are invited to enjoy an old-fashioned Fourth at the Hanford Mills Museum Independence Day Celebration. In addition to demonstrations of the waterwheel, sawmill and vintage woodworking machines, the Museum will be running the boiler and steam power engine. The John Hanford Farmhouse, which recreates home life in the 1920s will also be open to tour.

A popular feature of the Independence Day Celebration is ice cream, made with ice collected at the Museum’s February Ice Harvest. Free samples of vanilla ice cream, made on a steam-powered churn, will be available all day (while supplies last).

Hilton Kelly and the Sidekicks will provide music, and Eagle Ridge BBQ and Origins Café will offer food for sale. Visitors can browse books on local history and other topics by Hobart Book Village. The Plein Aire Painters of Central New York will be on site, and visitors can watch as they capture scenes of Hanford Mills. Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products. Trout Unlimited will be offering fly-fishing demonstrations throughout the day.

“This is a great time to get together and enjoy the Museum with friends and family,” says Executive Director Liz Callahan. “We are grateful to all the organizations joining us for the Fourth to make it extra special for our visitors.”

Special Fun for Kids
There will be a children’s fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 11 am – 2:30 pm, with prizes being awarded for the largest fish. Children 14 and under should bring a pole and bait (or borrow one of the poles that will be available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford.) There also will be sack races, tug-of-war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, bring your own frog).

Exhibits Feature Local Student Photographs, and historic photos taken by Horace and Ralph Hanford
Hanford Mills Museum exhibits include “Our Hometown” with photographs taken by students in the Worcester, Roxbury, Laurens, and Charlotte Valley BOCES CROP program, and “The Hanford Photographs,” with photographs taken by Horace D. Hanford and his son, James Ralph Hanford, from 1890-1920.

Independence Day Celebration activities are all included with regular Museum admission. Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission.

Upcoming events at Hanford Mills Museum also include a free talk on Barns and Dairy Farming in Upstate New York on July 8, a workshop on Solar Power Basics on July 21, and a Dinner at the Mill program, catered by Fable, on July 28. For more information,

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 $8.50; and for senior citizens, $6.50. 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 between energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.
For more information, visit or call 607/278-5744.

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