An area museum that's close to my heart, Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY will be reopening for tours starting August 12 according to a press release from the museum. This is a very fun and historic place to visit that my family attended on many occasions over the years.

The museum had to close it doors during the New York State government mandated coronavirus business shut down in March but they will reopen their doors for visitors to tour the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, and woodworking shop.

You can reserve your spot for a tour Wednesdays through Sundays. Part of the tour will be guided, so that you can learn about the mill and machines and see demonstrations of the waterwheel, sawmill and other water-powered machines, operating just as they did 100 years ago. After the guided tours, visitors can explore the site on their own.

Known for special events during the year, the museum has had to cancel Fall events including the Dan Rion Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest and the Woodsmen’s Festival.

To schedule a tour to maintain social distancing, call 607/278-5744. Find out more at

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