Hanford Mills Museum, Meredith

History Museum · Historic Site
Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of only a handful of operating water- and steam-powered mills in the country. The 70-acre historic site, nestled in the northwestern Catskills, features guided tours; waterwheel demonstrations; sawmill and vintage woodworking machines; the John Hanford Farmhouse (which recreates home life in the 1920s), and other historic buildings. Special events and workshops held throughout the season. See events tab or website for schedule.

Kids 12 and under receive free admission, as do Museum members. Adults & Teens, $9; Seniors and AAA members $7. Military, $4:50. As a Blue Star Museum, Hanford Mills offers active duty military and their families free admission May 18 -Labor Day.
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  • The Hanford Mills Museum is definitely worth a detour. Located less than 10 miles from Interstate 88 in Oneonta, New York, you get to see a water-powered mill in the Catskills. RVers, parking is...  more »
  • Fascinating to see all the old mill machines working on water power! Docents were very knowledgeable and demonstrated how the old machines worked (and are still in use). Lovely property to wander...  more »
  • Our family visited this museum during the Woodsmen's Festival being held here. This (working) mill and museum is absolutely fantastic. To see all the working saws and how life used to be during the...  more »
  • We went to the ice harvest and it was super cool to see. Lots of tools of the trade on display and some video of how it was done in times past. It was a really cool way to spend a cold day.
  • Love this place! Been going here periodically since late 90s, & most recently last wk for their yearly Ice Festival. Wholesome "family" fun that's great for the kiddies & everyone else. Altho the festival is well organized w/tours throughout the yr, you can do "self-guided" tours & just wander around the buildings & property. From the sawmill (in summer we watched the lumber being cut/processed), to its amazing waterwheel & all the complex workings that once powered entire mill - a thrill to see it run! There are several other bldgs to explore and all have helpful plaques to explain history & usages if you're not w/a guide. The staff is always super friendly and helpful as well. Top notch!
  • Ice harvest festival day. Old ways to harvest ice: cutting, retrieving from mill pond, hauling to and storing in ice house, and using on July 4th to make homemade ice cream the old way. Lots of activities for kids. Horse drawn sleigh sleigh rides. Food, drinks, ice fishing. Ice was about 12-14 inches thick.
  • Most interesting place in NY! Been there twice.
  • Beautiful place and great time ..been there a bunch

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