Each year on the first Saturday of February, 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. Food, demonstrations, bonfires, and vendors round out a day of hands-on history and winter fun.
Location: Hanford Mill Museum
51 County Highway 12, East Meredith, NY 13757
There will be a Hot Soup Buffet, Food Trucks, and Local Farmers and Businesses. The ice we harvest will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Museum Independence Day Celebration.
- ice sculpting by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team–blocks of ice were transformed into beautiful works of art.
- ice fishing, the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited offered kids the chance to ice fish
- blacksmith demonstrations
- horse-drawn sleigh rides
- a hot soup buffet featuring soup from local restaurants
- cooking demonstrations
- local farmers and vendors including Byebrook Farm (Gouda cheese), Promisedland Farm (handknit Swedish-style mittens and hats), the Cooperstown Distillery, and Cabana Coffee
- films of ice harvests in the 1920s-1940s
- snowman village
- Children (12 and under) receive free admission. Museum members also receive free admission. (More information on admission and discounts.)