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Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum

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Independence Day Celebration at Hanford Mills Museum July 4th event offers old-fashioned family fun Hanford Mills Museum will mark the Fourth of July with a day of old-fashioned family fun. The Independence Day Celebration features a fishing derby for kids, frog jumping contests, music, 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 on July 4th. 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. “Visitors like to see how the ice blocks cut from the pond during February’s Ice Harvest Festival are used in July to make ice cream. It’s a tasty lesson in how people kept food cold in the days before mechanical refrigeration,” 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. Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling lunch and snack items, and Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy. The Museum’s Rural Genius exhibit, which features three local inventors, will be on display. Music will be provided by Balter, featuring Peter Blue and John Potocnik. Special Fun for Kids Children 14 and under can take part in a fishing derby on the Mill Pond from 10:30 am – 1:30 pm, with prizes being awarded at 2 pm. Children can bring their own fishing poles 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 o’ war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 pm, bring your own frog). “We invite everyone to come out for the Independence Day Celebration,” says Callahan. “There is a great community spirit to the day, and something for everyone in the family to enjoy.” Steam Power Demonstrations Hanford Mills Museum is one of the few places in the country that demonstrates steam power. “The Hanfords installed a steam boiler because it provided a more consistent, reliable source of power for the machines in the Mill,” explains Callahan. “Generating steam power is labor intensive and requires specific expertise. Staff and volunteers make up the ‘steam team,’ whose experience, training and dedication enable us to run the boiler and steam engines just as the Hanfords did a century ago.” She noted that while the Museum operates the waterwheel during tours offered every Wednesday through Sunday, steam power demonstrations occur only a few times a year. Visitors on July 4th can see both power sources. About Hanford Mills Museum Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site. The mission of Hanford Mills Museum is to inspire audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources and entrepreneurship in rural communities, with a focus on sustainable choices. The Museum which is listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places is open Wednesdays-Sundays, 10 am – 5 pm. 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. Hanford Mills participates in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museum Initiative, so all active duty Military and their families receive free admission as well. 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. Image: hanfordmills.org

Event Details

    July 4, 2016 - July 4, 2016
    10:00 AM - 05:00 PM