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Renewable Energy at Hanford Mills

  • Hanford Mills Museum East Meredith, NY United States (map)

A behind the scenes look at the Restoration and Operation of the Mill’s renewable power Generation. 

The second offering from the 2018 Catskill Center's Member Program Series.

Hanford Mills Museum Operations Manager, Robert Dianich will lead Catskill Center members on a behind-the-scenes examination of the Mill’s renewable hydropower generation and the operating Mill complex.

The tour will explore the restoration and operation of the Mill’s renewable hydropower generation equipment (including the water wheel, water turbine and steam power plant) and the Mill’s use of renewable power.

An operating mill site since 1846, Hanford Mills harnessed the waters of Kortright Creek to provide the town of East Meredith with its first electricity in 1898. The mill closed in 1967, but with the aid of the Catskill Center, re-opened later that year as a museum. Its significance as one of the last nineteenth century mills to survive intact has earned it a place on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. Forty-five years later, the historic Hanford Mills Museum will honor this long history by welcoming members of the Catskill Center for a special behind-the-scenes tour.

Participants are encouraged to plan to spend time at the Museum after the special tour - enjoy the exhibits, explore the Learning Lab, amble along the rail trail, and relax beside the Mill pond.

Pre-registration is required for this event. Please register by 4:00 PM on Friday August 17, by emailing cccd@ or call 845-586-2611.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Route 12, East Meredith, New York. The Museum operates an authentic water- and steam-powered historic site, inspiring audiences of all ages to explore connections among energy, technology, natural resources, and entrepreneurship in rural communities, with a focus on sustainable choices. It is open Wednesday-Sunday through October 14.

This tour of Hanford Mills Museum is the second of four education programs that are part of the Catskill Center’s exclusive Member Program Series. For information on joining the Catskill Center, please call 845-586-2611, email or visit