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Hanford Mills Museum

51 County Highway 12

A Century and a Half of History

A mill site since 1846, for most of its commercial life Hanford Mills was owned and operated by the family of David Josiah Hanford, who purchased the mill in 1860.Under the Hanfords, the mill grew into a "rural industrial complex" that included a sawmill, gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop and hardware store.

In 1898, Hanford Mills harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town with its first electricity. Through time, the Hanfords also used steam and gasoline engines to power the mill and its electric dynamo.The mill closed in 1967, re-opening later that year as a museum. In 1973 Hanford Mills Museum was chartered by the State of New York. Its significance as one of the last 19th century mills to survive intact earned it a place on the State and National Registers of Historic Places.

Hanford Mills Museum's mission is to be a leading interpreter of the evolution of power generation and technology and how it contributed to the unsettling of rural America. The Museum is dedicated to preserving and presenting the mill site.To understanding how the Hanford and Pizza families adapted their business operations to respond to changes in technology, markets, and transportation.To illustrating how these activities affected the community.


Jennifer Norris

Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018
The weather was perfect, so we decided to drive it for the Ice Harvest Festival! It was a great opportunity to learn about a forgotten industry and connect with a fun community. The only downside? If you didn't dress warm, there weren't many places to warm up. They had fire pits going, but toy could still tell the folks who didn't wear enough clothing. All in all? A wicked fun February day in the Catskills!

Burr Hubbell

Monday, Jan. 29, 2018
A wonderful place to explore the connection between water power, milling and local history. Hanford Mills not only preserves the mill, but the lifestyle that went along with it. There are cooking demonstrations in the old house, ice cutting in the winter and home made ice cream in the summer. A great place to visit with family and friends. Something for all ages and backgrounds.

Quinn Hanrahan

Monday, Feb. 12, 2018
A rare and special place. Great to realize the past and illustrate how things were done. Very family friendly.

Founders Fan

Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018
Always go to the Annual Ice Harvest. Have some soup, enjoy. :-)

D.J. Mack

Sunday, July 23, 2017
This was truly an amazing tour, I recommend it for anyone interested in local history and antique equipment. Our tour guide was awesome and very knowledgeable with hands on experience with over 100 yr old technology. Well worth the trip.

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