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“Fantastic step back into history”

Hanford Mills Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Meredith
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of only a handful of operating water powered mills in the country. The 70-acre historic site, nestled in the northwestern Catskills, features guided Mill tours; waterwheel demonstrations; sawmill and vintage woodworking machines; the John Hanford Farmhouse (which recreates home life in the 1920s), and other historic buildings. Guided tours and demonstrations offered Wednesdays - Sundays, and holiday Mondays (Memorial Day, Labor Day and Columbus Day) through October 15. Kids 12 and under receive free admission. Special events at Hanford Mills Museum include: the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, the Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest on September 9, the Woodsmen's Festival on October 14, and the Ice Harvest Festival on February 3, 2018. See website for details on Free Family Saturdays, workshops, and other events. Hanford Mills Museum is located at the intersections of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12 in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. Hanford Mills Museum is about 35 minutes from Cooperstown, NY. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities with a focus on sustainable choices.
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Reviewed 1 February 2013

It's well worth your while to seek out the Hanford Mills Museum. It's on The intersection (yes, the only intersection) in the tiny town of East Meredith, NY. This is an authentic example of a working mill with millpond is currently being used to saw lumber. The museum's Ice Harvest (on the millpond) in early February is a unique and fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Wear warm socks and boots! I can't begin to tell you how much goes on there. You should look at their website. Everything they say is true. I live about 15 minutes down the road and have been there numerous times. It was a mainstay of our family entertainment when our children were younger.

Thank Ann13820
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 26 February 2013

Thanks for the great review and for pointing out all that goes on at Hanford Mills Museum. We had a great Ice Harvest on Feb. 2, and now we are looking forward to a great season, our 40th, beginning May 15.

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Reviewed 13 November 2012

This is an operating saw mill, grist mill, and woodworking mill. They take you on a guided tour, not just explaining what everything is and what it's for, they give you an actual demonstration. And just when you think you've had enough of wood and sawdust, they take you on a tour of the house with the original furnishings, including the actual clothing worn during that era. Be sure to take a flash for your camera, as it tends to be fairly dim in the mill. And wear a good pair of walking shoes as you will do a lot of that too. For those winter buffs, they do ice cutting from their pond in the same way they did it a hundred years ago.

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 November 2012

Thank you for sharing your experience at Hanford Mills Museum. We are glad you had an enjoyable afternoon. I appreciate how you pointed out that a tour of Hanford Mills is not just looking at machines, but seeing them work. We put a lot of effort into demonstrating the mill's waterwheel, turbine, steam engine and vintage woodworking machines. Thanks again for your visit and kind review, we hope you come again.

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Reviewed 21 August 2012

Went during the Woodsmen's Show, and it was very interesting and educational. My then 4 year old enjoyed the working Saw Mill (run by water) and there was even a little children's activity center set up in one of the buildings where he made a xylophone out of wood blocks provided and decorated it. They also had building blocks there, as well as some olde outdoor games; such as corn on the cob checkers, croquet and some hoops to play with. There were food trucks, though not much selection, and an old farmhouse with some original furnishings it seemed. We watched demonstrations of how they build old crates and some other things. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. There are some indoor exhibits showcasing the importance of the railroad and some old family photos, but I don't recall anything being air-conditioned. The outdoor setting is lovely and charming. They have an old train boxcar and a pond with a few bridges-very scenic. Cell phone reception was poor out there, if I remember correctly-so don't count on being able to make calls or upload pictures until afterwards. The gift shop is quaint and has some interesting things. Something different for the whole family to enjoy. Much of it requires walking outdoors so visiting in good weather is recommended.

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2012

Thanks for writing. We appreciate that you called out our staff as "very knowledgeable and friendly." They work hard to ensure that every visitor has a great experience at Hanford Mills Museum. Hope you come again!

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Reviewed 21 June 2012

This is a completely restored mill. They do demonstrations of grain grinding and wood milling. In the winter, they do an ice festival, cutting ice out of the pond and saving it until July 4th weekend, when they use it to make ice cream. Very informative and interesting place.

Thank RasheaNY
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Management response:Responded 23 June 2012

What a kind review! Thanks for coming to visit, and also for mentioning our Independence Day Celebration, where we'll have samples of vanilla ice cream, made on a steam-powered churn, chilled with the ice we harvested from the Mill pond in February. Come again!

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Reviewed 5 April 2012

Great look into the past. Friendly volunteers to answer questions.

Thank Debi C
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2012

Thank you for the nice review, and taking the time to let others know about your experience at Hanford Mills Museum. We hope you will come back again.

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