Free Family Saturday coming up
Hanford Mills Museum is holding three Free Family Saturdays on the third Saturday of the month: June 20, July 18, and August 15
. There will be special hands-on activities for families as well as Mill tours and demonstrations of the Mill’s historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Up to two adults will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a child (preschool through high school.) Students aged 13-18 will be admitted free of charge as well. Children 12 and under always receive free admission to the Museum.
The Free Family Saturday on June 20 ties in with the statewide Path Through History. We'll be talking about dairy farming in Delaware County, with a focus on the Hanford family. We'll also be making butter. Families can take part in hands-on activities related to the Rural Genius
exhibit, including patent making, electric circuitry, and simple machines. Picnic tables are available to enjoy a snack or picnic lunch.
Funding for Free Family Saturdays comes in part from a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match.
Independence Day Celebration is July 4th
Ready for a frog-jumping Fourth of July? Hanford Mills Museum’s annual Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, July 4 features old-fashioned fun, with two frog jumping contests, a fishing derby on the Mill Pond, tug o’ war, and sack races. Visitors also can tour the historic Mill and woodworking shop and see water- and steam-power demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, the steam boiler and
steam engines. The Independence Day Celebration runs from 10 am – 5 pm. Children 12 and under, Museum members, and active duty military and their families receive free admission.
Mill staff and volunteers will be making vanilla ice cream on a steam-powered churn, chilled with ice harvested from the Mill Pond in February. Free ice cream samples will be available while supplies last. “The ice cream is the sweet reward of last February’s successful ice harvest,” said Hanford Mills Museum executive director Liz Callahan. The ice is kept frozen in the Museum’s traditional ice house, packed with sawdust from the Mill.
Food will be available to purchase from Tickled Pink BBQ and Shaver-Hill Farm.
Guided Tours Offered Wednesdays-Sundays
Hanford Mills is open Wednesdays-Sundays from 10 am - 5 pm. Guided tours take you through the historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. See machines operate just as they did a century ago. Come explore the power of the past at Hanford Mills!