Hanford Mills Museum, Meredith

Hanford Mills Museum is open May 15-October 15, and for special events, like the Ice Harvest Festival on Saturday, February 6, 2016.

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 held throughout the season. See 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 Memorial Day-Labor Day.
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  • My husband heard this advertised on NPR, so we decided to make the hour and a half drive and check it out. What a wonderful visit it was! The staff was super friendly and accommodating. We arrived aft...  more »
  • 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 demonst...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Amazing place to see various forms of water-powered woodworking equipment in action. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff. Wonderful place to learn about the history of early manufacturing in New York. Great for kids.
  • One of the only places to see water powered heavy machinery in operation. Will be back for live steam demos! Thanks for a great day!
  • 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 you!!!
  • one of the coolest places in New York. History in the flesh. There was so much innovation in New York State between Albany and Buffalo - social, political and industrial in the nineteenth century. And of course the pure fantasy of Joseph Smith in the 1820s.
  • ice harvest great day, Feb. 4, 2017

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