Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum  Ice Harvest 2015 - Meredith, NY Co Road 12, East Meredith, New York, United States The Mill’s authentic and extensively documented site inspires the Museum’s unique interpretation and activities. The Museum believes that the operation of the Mill site is a powerful experience that can be balanced with careful preservation. There are valuable lessons to be learned from agrarian communities.The complex layers of Hanford Mill’s history offer many different stories, perspectives and experiences. By bringing to life historic choices and processes, Hanford Mills can offer insights about the past and inspire thoughtful and creative decision making. Hanford Mills generates powerful messages about the effect of technological changes on community life, especially the impact of energy and technology on rural communities. The Museum explores technological innovation, for example, how processes change even as products and services remain the same.An operating mill site since 1846, for most of its commercial life Hanford Mills was owned and operated by the family of David Josiah Hanford, who purchased the mill in 1860.Under the Hanfords, the mill grew into a rural industrial complex that included a sawmill, gristmill, feed mill, woodworking shop and hardware store.In 1898, Hanford Mills harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town with its first electricity. Through time, the Hanfords also used steam and gasoline engines to power the mill and its electric dynamo.The mill closed in 1967, re-opening later that year as a museum. In 1973 Hanford Mills Museum was chartered by the State of New York. Its significance as one of the last nineteenth century mills to survive intact earned it a place on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. www.hanfordmills.org

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