Hanford Mills Museum in Delaware County is set to hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Wednesday, July 4.
Activities include a kids’ fishing derby on the Mill Pond, frog jumping contests, live music, local food, and steam-power and water-power demonstrations in the Museum’s historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop.
Scheduled events include:
Steam Power Demonstrations: Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few places in the country that demonstrates steam power.
Visitors can sample ice cream made on steam-powered churn chilled with ice cut during February’s Ice Harvest Festival. Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling pulled pork, hot dogs, burgers, and macaroni and cheese, the Farmer’s Wife will be selling pies and treats, and Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy. Visitors are welcome to bring picnics too. The Hanford Mills String Band featuring Peter Blue will perform in the Mill Yard.
Children 14 and under can take part in a fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, with prizes awarded at 2 pm. Children can bring their own fishing poles and bait. There also will be poles available to borrow. Volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited will be on hand to offer help and fishing tips. Frog-jumping contests will be held at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm. Kids should bring frogs to participate in the races. Children can also take part in sack races, tug o’ war games, and play with a variety of blocks and gears in the Learning Lab.
Visitors can see the new exhibit “Today’s Schedule Did Not Go According to Plan.” It illustrates how the Mill complex has been kept in working order, including repairing building structures, restoring machines and equipment, and recreating the steam plant with a combination of a new, historically accurate boiler and a rehabilitated historic horizontal steam engine. The efforts of the Mills’ owners and employees, and later the Museum founders, supporters, staff and trustees, made it possible for visitors to continue to see and learn from the century-old technology still running the Mill today.
The Independence Day Celebration on July 4 runs from 10 am to 4 pm, with the Museum site open until 5 pm. The Independence Day Celebration is included with regular admission.
Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission is $9 for adults and teens, $7 for seniors and AAA members, and $4.50 for retired military.
The Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 Co Rd 12, East Meredith, Delaware County, NY. For more information, visit the museum’s website, or call (607) 278-5744.
Photo of children’s fishing derby provided.