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Address: 51 County Highway 12, Meredith, NY 13757
Phone Number:
+1 607-278-5744
Today
10:00 - 17:00
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Wed - Sun 10:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places,...

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. Kids 12 and under receive free admission.

Mid-May through Mid-October, Hanford Mills Museum is open Wednesdays - Sundays,and holiday Mondays. The Museum is also open special events, like Ice Harvest Festival on the first Saturday in February.

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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The Real Museum

Brandon and Virgil will fill in all those gaps in your knowledge of mill ponds (not for swimming), of coopers who didn't make lids for barrels of butter (mill could machine them... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 October 2016
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Bangor, Maine
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Bangor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Brandon and Virgil will fill in all those gaps in your knowledge of mill ponds (not for swimming), of coopers who didn't make lids for barrels of butter (mill could machine them cheaper), and of the use for that very large oval pot on the wood stove in the farmer Hanford's house (boiling dirty clothes). These guides know this mill... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

We popped in today for a tour and had a fantastic time. We were the only ones there when we arrived but they immediately started a tour just for us and showed us how all the equipment (still) works and even let the kids (ages 7 and 4) do some hands-on work. We all really learned so much and the... More 

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your review. We want Hanford Mills to be inviting and engaging for people of all ages, and are glad you found that to be the case for your family. What a great story about your son and the shingle, glad we could give him a "treasure" and a good memory. More 

Hempfield, Pennsylvania, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

When we pulled in, I was a little concerned. I couldn't we believe we drove all that time for this. I was wrong! It was definitely worth it. It was very interesting. It took about two hours. Amanda made it very interesting. She was very knowledgeable and showed us how everything worked (yes the equipment still works). It is hard... More 

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Thank Kim771
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

So glad you made the trip to Hanford Mills Museum and that you recommended that others visit us too. Come again! More 

Elmira, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

Thoroughly enjoyed our visit. we will be coming again hoping to see the steam engine fired up. Our guide was very knowledgeable and acted like she enjoys her job especially liked the jig saw.

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Thank Lauren S
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for writing a review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit to Hanford Mills and that you are planning to come back to see the steam power demonstrations, as we are one of the few places in the country to offer it. Everyone who works at Hanford Mills really enjoys their job and telling people about the "power of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

I attended the Hanford Mills Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest, and it was a ton of fun. If you like history, and anything to do with power, engineering, or physics, this will be entertaining to you! There was a BBQ truck and a delicious pie stand. All the machines were up and running and we got very... More 

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Thank K M
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for writing. Festivals are a great way to experience Hanford Mills Museum. The Woodsmen's Festival is October 3, and the Ice Harvest Festival is the first Saturday in February--Feb. 6, 2016. Come again! More 

Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2015

We had a great visit to Hanford Mills. We received a 2-hour tour of the museum, about 1/2 of that time it was just us - and we got to see the water wheel in operation, the sawmill, the grist mill and more. We also toured the 1920s house. We had a lovely picnic on the grounds. Highly recommend this... More 

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for writing such a great review, glad you enjoyed your visit to Hanford Mills Museum. More 

Schuylerville, New York
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2015

The mill is wonderful. Water powered by 2 different ways - wheel and turbine! learned so much! Had a great time at the Fourth of July event! You must go to the Ice Harvest in February. A hands-on chance to harvest ice!

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thanks for reviewing Hanford Mills Museum on TripAdvisor. Glad you had a good time at the Independence Day Celebration, and we hope to see you at Ice Harvest Festival, the first Saturday in February For 2016, it's February 6th. Visitors reviews are very important to us, thanks for taking the time to share about your experience at Hanford Mills. More 

Thornwood, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

We loved watching the mill in action - not just seeing tools that were used many years ago, but watching them being used to make products. The guided tour was incredible. Loved every minute of it. From the water wheel to the saws and grinding mills - my wife and I were in awe. We could not find a friendlier... More 

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Passed on your thanks to our interpreters who lead the tours. It is nice to be recognized for a job well done. So glad you and your wife enjoyed your visit to Hanford Mills Museum. Thanks for pointing out in your review that we operate the Mills' historic equipment, it's not just there for display. Come again! More 

upstate New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2014

Visiting this functioning museum is a real treat for the whole family. They still operate the wood working equipment powered by a water wheel in use for over 100 years. From sawing planks from a full length tree to finer wood working processes to produce a variety of finished goods you get to see the mill in everyday operation as... More 

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for sharing your views about your visit to Hanford Mills. It's a great description and we appreciate your recommendation that others make the trip. Come again! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2014 via mobile

Our guide was a young woman with a historic focused graduate degree and she knew her stuff. She answered all of our questions and the tour was very smooth. Will will make a return trip with more family members as they do offer interesting courses and special events. Nicely kept and supported by dedicated volunteers. Even the gift shop was... More 

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this review

So glad that you enjoyed your time at Hanford Mills Museum, and that you will be returning for workshops and Festivals. September 6 is the Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest, October 4 is the Woodsmen's Festival, and February 7 is the Ice Harvest Festival. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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