Hanford Mills Museum, in East Meredith, is holding their annual Ice harvest Festival on Saturday, February 1, from 10 am to 4 pm.
Ice harvests were once an essential part of winter in rural communities. Before there was refrigeration, ice was needed to preserve agricultural products and to keep food cold in the warmer months. Ponds like our Mill Pond were the source of this winter crop.
Take part in a traditional ice harvest as you walk out on the frozen mill pond to help cut and maneuver blocks of ice using historic tools. The ice will be transported by sled and then packed in the Museum’s traditional ice house.
What: Ice Harvest Festival
Where: Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith (Delaware County)
When: Saturday, February 1, 10am-4pm.