Woodsmen's Festival

Woodsmen’s Festival
Saturday, October 3, 10am to 5pm
Hanford Mills Museum
East Meredith, NY

Local lumberjacks and visiting experts will showcase logging, sawing and woodworking history this weekend at Hanford Mills Museum's annual Woodsmen's Festival.

The fall festival celebrates the many ways people use and work with wood. The Woodsmen’s Club from the SUNY College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill returns to the festival to demonstrate cross-cut sawing, overhand and underhand chop, ax throwing and other lumberjack skills. Seth Finch will demonstrate log skidding with his team of Percheron draft horses, and also will offer horse-drawn wagon rides. Also featured are Mohawk Valley Woodturners, GTO Woodturners,  Bovina Brown Bats and Wightman Lumber.

"Since the first sawmill was built on this site in 1846, Hanford Mills has been synonymous with wood and wood products," Callahan explains. "The Woodsmen’s Festival celebrates this long history, as well as the craftsmanship, skill and talent of woodworkers, barn builders, forest managers, coopers, mill workers, and lumberjacks."

Visitors can also help raise a quarter-scale Dutch Barn Timber Frame model. Weighing 1100 pounds, the model is a 3-D puzzle that teaches how barns were made.

Throughout the day, the Museum will provide tours of its water-powered sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop. Catharina Kessler of Promisedland Farms will be displaying her handmade Swedish style, traditional mittens and hats. Bourbon & Branch, a band that blends rock, blues, country, and folk and crosses generations of music history, will perform from 11 am to 2 pm.

The Museum’s gift shop will be open, and Tickled Pink BBQ will be selling pulled pork sandwiches and mac'n cheese. Many hands-on activities will be offered for children to enjoy. 

Admission: $9/adults and teens, $7/seniors, free for children 12 and under. Free for museum members.

Learn more about what Hanford Mills Museum has to offer by visiting their website.