• 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.

    The Festival also features kids’ activities, horse-drawn sleigh rides, a hot soup buffet, local farmers and vendors, and bonfires.
    It’s a great day of winter fun.


    Intersection County Routes 10 & 12 East Meredith, NY 13757


    February 01, 2014