Ice Harvest at Hanford Mills Museum
The Region’s Coolest Tradition
Before there was refrigeration, ice was harvested to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months.
At the Ice Harvest Festival, which is held on the first Saturday in February, we recreate this rural winter tradition.
Visitors can walk out on the frozen mill pond and help cut blocks of ice using vintage ice saws. The ice will then be hauled by a horse-drawn sled, and packed in a traditional ice house.
The ice harvested at the event will be used to make ice cream at the Hanford Mills Museum Independence Day Celebration.
Horse-drawn sleigh rides
Hot soup buffet with soups from favorite area restaurants
Local farmers and vendors, including: Promisedland Farm (hand-knit hats and mittens), Byebrook Farm (Gouda cheese), Ate.o.Ate Food Truck (lunch and snack items), Leroux & Co. (handmade soaps),
Cooperstown Distillery (tastings)
Ice Fishing Clinic led by volunteers from the Dave Brandt Chapter of Trout Unlimited
Ice Sculpting by the SUNY Delhi Hospitality Center Ice Team
Films showing ice harvests from the 1920s-1940s
Traditional cooking demonstrations the John Hanford House (10 am – 2 pm)
Blacksmithing at the Forge
Snowman village and winter fun
Tabletop games in the Hanford House (10 am – 4 pm)
Ice House packing
The Festival also features kids’ activities.
More activities will be added as they are confirmed
Children (12 and under) receive free admission. Museum members also receive free admission
Hours: 10:00am to 4:00pm
It’s a great day of winter fun.
Intersection County Routes 10 & 12 East Meredith, NY 13757
February 07, 2015