Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum | Kids Out and About Albany

Ice Harvest Festival at Hanford Mills Museum

*The event has already taken place on this date: Sat, 02/01/2020
Come enjoy a day of hands-on history and winter fun. Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. Hanford Mills Museum celebrates this rural tradition with the Ice Harvest Festival. Using historic tools and techniques, visitors can cut and maneuver blocks of ice from the Mill Pond, and then transport the blocks to the ice house by sled. There will also be ice sculpting demonstrations, ice fishing, blacksmithing demonstrations, the hot soup buffet with soup and chili from favorite area restaurants, bonfires, local vendors including Byebrook Farm (farmstead Gouda cheese) and the Cooperstown Distillery (handcrafted spirits and cider), cooking and baking in the John Hanford Farmhouse, and films of ice harvests in the 1920s-40s. More activities will be added soon. This year, we will not be having horse-drawn sleigh rides. The Museum site is not big enough to accommodate the horses and the many people walking to and from the ice house. We will feature horses at events later in year. The Museum monitors and grooms the ice in the weeks leading up to the Ice Harvest Festival. Find out more about ice conditions, and tips for your Ice Harvest visit.

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Hanford Mills Museum


51 County Highway 12 at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 and 12
East Meredith, NY, 13757
United States


Contact name: 
Brendan Pronteau
Email address: 
The event has already taken place on this date: 
10 am to 3 pm
Kids 12 & under get in free. Adults and teens, $9; Seniors and AAA members, $7


All Ages Adults & kids together Adults without kids