• Ice Harvest at Hanford Mills Museum

    Delaware County

    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