Hanford Mills Museum Water WheelMay 26 program offers free admission and special activities for families  

East Meredith, N.Y. – On May 26, Hanford Mills Museum will hold the first in a series of Free Family Saturdays, which offer special programming for families as well as admission discounts. Visitors can take a kid-friendly guided tour of the historic water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Tours highlight how the Mill owners and workers adapted to changes in technology.  

“When you tour the Mill, you see the ingenuity of the past,” explains Museum executive director Liz Callahan. “Kids will remember seeing the 1926 Fitz overshot waterwheel starting up, and how the machines run on water-power. We welcome questions, especially from children. It’s STEM in action.”

Forest-related activities will be offered by Museum staff and by David Turan, executive director of the Michael Kudish Natural History Preserve in Stamford. Kids also can play in the Learning Lab, which has a variety of blocks, gears, books, and circuits. Visitors are welcome to picnic by the Mill Pond, and explore the Museum site on their own. The Museum is open from 10 am to 5 pm, the last tour of the day begins at 3:30 pm.

On Free Family Saturdays, up to two adults will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a child under 18. Students aged 13-18 will be admitted free of charge as well. Children 12 and under always receive free admission to Hanford Mills Museum including for special events, like the Independence Day Celebration on July 4, the Antique Engine Jamboree on September 8, and the Woodsmen’s Festival on October 13. Museum members also receive free admission.  

Additional Free Family Saturdays will be held on June 16, July 28, and September 1. Funding for Free Family Saturdays comes in part from a grant from Stewart’s Holiday Match.  See the website for more information and directions, hanfordmills.org or call 607/278-5744.   

About Hanford Mills Museum 

Hanford Mills Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, which includes a sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. 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 10am-5pm, Wednesdays-Sundays, and holiday Mondays, through October 14.  

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 www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744. 


CONTACT: Liz Callahan 607/278-5744, lizc@hanfordmills.org  


For photos, please contact Peg Odell, pego@hanfordmills.org