Hanford Mills Museum, in East Meredith, New York, will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration on Friday, July 4 from 10 am – 5 pm. The festival features a children’s fishing derby, frog-jumping contest (bring your own frog), live music, and food.   Visitors can tour the historic mill and woodworking shop and see demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, the steam boiler and steam engines.

Enjoy ice cream, made with a steam-powered churn and chilled with ice from the Museum’s Ice Harvest. Free samples will be available throughout the day.  Country Express perform noon to 3 pm.  Food available.

The Museum will run a children’s fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10 am – 12:00 pm, with prizes being awarded for the largest fish. Children 14 and under should bring a pole and bait (or borrow one of the poles that will be available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford.) There also will be sack races, tug-of-war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, bring your own frog).

Children 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission. Admission for adults and teens is $9, for seniors, $7, retired military, $4.50.. Active duty military and their families receive free admission. AAA and other discounts available.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Highway 12 in East Meredith, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For more information, visit hanfordmills.org or call 607.278.5744.


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