Hanford Mills Museum is a historic museum that features a sawmill, a water wheel and vintage machines, the museum is located in East Meredith, New York. Hanford Mill is one of the few last surviving mills of the 19th century, the mill operated since 1846. The mill was owned by David Josiah Hanford since 1860, hence the name. Hanford mills provided the town of Kortright Creek with its first electricity in 1898. The mill has a strong historic significance as the last standing mill from the 19th century, the mills operates having a sawmill, feed mill, gristmill, and woodworking shop. The museum hosts special events like the Ice Harvest festival. Hanford Mills is open to tours May through October, Wednesdays-Sundays.
Things to Do
- The historic mills museum offers guided tours to its visitors, see the sawmill, the woodworking machinery and the water wheel.
- The mills museum offers weekly themes, learn something new each week, for example woodworking theme showcases woodworking demonstrations using historic machines.
- The Ice harvest festival in February features many fun indoor and outdoor activities, ice harvest in the frozen mill pond, ice sculpting, sleigh ride, snowman village, bonfires and more.
- The current Rural genius Exhibit in the museum features the story of three local inventors; George, William and Larry.
- You can attend a work shop at the museum and learn traditional crafts.
- Tour the 1920's farmhouse on the mill site that displays original furnishings, visit the gift shop.
- Enjoy a picnic on the museum grounds.
Hanford Mills Museum Insider Tips
- Children ages 12 and under are admitted for free.