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Hanford Mills Museum

51 County Highway 12, Meredith, NY 13757
+1 607-278-5744
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Water Power

This is a wonderful 150 year old working sawmill in a picturesque setting! The water wheel and all... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
cookiegran
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North Naples, Florida
Truly a Hidden Gem

We took a chance and stopped although when arriving it didn't look like much but where we... read more

Reviewed 7 August 2017
Margaret B
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Browns Mills, New Jersey
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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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Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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51 County Highway 12, Meredith, NY 13757
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful 150 year old working sawmill in a picturesque setting! The water wheel and all the belts that power all these tools are amazing! The staff is very nice and give informative demonstrations of making shingles and butter churn tops! Also have...More

Thank cookiegran
Reviewed 7 August 2017

We took a chance and stopped although when arriving it didn't look like much but where we surprised. There is more to see than it looks. We had a great guided tour and saw some amazing sights. Be sure to make the stop and you...More

Thank Margaret B
Reviewed 29 July 2017

I went to the Hanford Mills Museum this weekend with four adults and 3 boys ages 8-13. The staff were really knowledgeable and did a great job of explaining how the mill worked. It was really great to see them open up the gates so...More

Thank Heather P
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Heather thank you for visiting Hanford Mills and for writing a thoughtful review. Our staff works hard to connect with everyone on our guided tours, and I'm glad you found that to be the case too. Please come again, perhaps for the Antique Engine Jamboree...More

Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

We visited the museum during the off season. Educational programs were great but museum was not operational during the winter months.More

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thanks for visiting and for your review. Just like when the Hanfords ran the Mill a century ago, we can't operate the water-powered Mill in the winter months. We do hold the Ice Harvest Festival on the first Saturday in February, and welcome you to...More

Reviewed 1 June 2017 via mobile

If you're going to be in or around the Cooperstown or Oneonta area, a stop at the Hanford Mills Museum is a must. We found this gem through the HarvestHosts network. Go back to the mid-1800's and see live demos of a working mill. They...More

Thank ToneSavvy
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 10 June 2017

Thanks for visiting and offering such a detailed review. I especially appreciate that you recognized the passion our staff have for the Mill and for showing visitors the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the past. Come again!

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Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

This museum is set on an incredible piece of property. The tour guide took us through the sawmill/feedmill and actually Cutwood using 100 year old waterpowered technology. A really great tour.

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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thank you for the review and for visiting Hanford Mills Museum. Come again!

Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Probably the most pleasant Saturday my wife and I have spent together in 25 years. Everyone who was helping out there so friendly and genuine. You can tell those people take incredible pride in their town. Very clean, organized, and a great history lesson. Thank...More

Thank Tom_Ato_Reviews
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 February 2017

So glad to hear that you enjoyed the Ice Harvest Festival. It was a perfect day for it. Please come again when we open for the season May 17. At the Independence Day Celebration, we'll be using the ice you helped to harvest to chill...More

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...More

Thank padocent2016
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...More

Thank laurasmurfy
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 29 July 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Kim771
HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 8 February 2016

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

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