The Build-Fix-Grow Festival at Hanford Mills Museum celebrates the ingenuity and creativity of the past and the present.
Talk with craftspeople, tradespeople, farmers, and entrepreneurs about their work. Along with hammer-and-nails building, we’re highlighting ways people build connections and vibrant communities.
Visitors can tour the historic sawmill, gristmill and woodworking shop, and see water-powered machines operating just as they did a century ago. Interpreters will explain how the Mill changed over its 121-year history as a working mill. Blacksmiths will be working in the forge and will discuss their trade. Also on view is the exhibit Rural Genius: Innovation, Invention, and Ingenuity in the Mill’s Community. The exhibit tells the stories of three inventors connected to the Town of Meredith: George Paradox Hill, William Mickel and Larry MacClintock.
Exhibitors include Promisedland Farms, Gilson’s Native American Crafts, Kelli Cain Ceramics, woodworker Bernd Krause, and Tickled Pink BBQ. The Gravelyard Bluegrass Band will be performing too. The Museum Shop will be open, and features Mill-made crates and wine racks, locally produced maple syrup and honey, books and local crafts. In the Hanford House kitchen, there will be a hands-on workshop on cooking on a wood-fired cookstove. (Find out more about Breakfast is Ready! workshop.) Kids can make a craft, experiment with gears, and play historic games.
Included in regular admission. Kids 12 and under, and Museum members receive free admission.
Museum Neighbors residing in the following zip codes receive FREE admission (with proof of residency): 13757, 13739, 13786, 13750, and 13806.