The Catskills Sights

Hanford Mills Museum

  • Rtes. 10 and 12 Map It
  • East Meredith

Published 10/27/2015

Fodor's Review

An 1846 red barn overlooking a millpond was purchased in 1860 by David Josiah Hanford, who developed it into a working sawmill and gristmill. By 1898 the mill was supplying East Meredith with electricity, and it remained in operation until 1967, when it became a museum. The still-functional mill, powered by a waterwheel, is open for daily tours. The grounds include nature trails, a gallery space, and a picnic area. You can try your hand at ice harvesting during the annual Winter Ice Harvest, when period tools are used to cut ice from the frozen pond. The ice is then loaded onto a bobsled and stored until July 4, when it's used to make ice cream.

Sight Information


Rtes. 10 and 12, East Meredith, New York, United States

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607-278–5744; 800-295–4992

Sight Details:

  • $6
  • May–Oct., daily 10–5

Published 10/27/2015


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