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Hanford Mills Museum

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Ice Harvest Festival - So Worth It!!

My friend and I were hesitant, the morning of the Ice Harvest Festival, to drag ourselves out into... read more

Reviewed February 4, 2018
GinervaMcGonagal
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Worth the long drive!

My husband heard this advertised on NPR, so we decided to make the hour and a half drive and check... read more

Reviewed September 24, 2017
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Hanford Mills Museum is one of a handful of operating water powered mills in the country. The 70-acre historic site in the northwestern Catskills offers guided tours featuring demonstrations in the water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking...more
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51 County Highway 12, Meredith, NY 13757-9998
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Reviewed September 3, 2018

Nice location worth the trip. Really brings to life the workings of this mill from the 1800's. Took four children ages 5-12,they were engaged and interested through out the tour. You get hands on and in depth view of different buildings, machines, the water wheel,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2018

Thank you John for the review and for visiting Hanford Mills Museum. We especially like to hear that all four children had a good time, we are always adding new activities for children and teens. Hope you come again, perhaps for one of our special...More

Reviewed February 4, 2018 via mobile

My friend and I were hesitant, the morning of the Ice Harvest Festival, to drag ourselves out into the cold and drive almost two hours from Kingston to Delaware County, but we are SO GLAD WE DID!! This is a history buff's dream The museum...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2018

Wow! Thank you so much for writing about your fun experience at the Ice Harvest Festival. We love that you and your friend had a great time. We work hard to plan this event, and knowing people really appreciate it makes it all worth it....More

Reviewed September 24, 2017 via mobile

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 after the tour had started. We joined the...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2017

So good to hear you enjoyed your tour. Thank you for writing a review. We welcome you to come again, perhaps for one of our festivals: the Woodsmen's Festival is October 14, the Ice Harvest Festival is February 3, the Independence Day Celebration is July...More

Reviewed August 28, 2017

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

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed August 7, 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

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed July 29, 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

Date of experience: July 2017
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 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 June 8, 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

Date of experience: October 2016
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 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 June 1, 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

Date of experience: June 2017
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded June 10, 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!

Reviewed May 22, 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.

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

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

Reviewed February 4, 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

Date of experience: February 2017
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HanfordMillsMuseum, Public Relations Manager at Hanford Mills Museum, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 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

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