There will be a children’s fishing derby on the mill pond from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with prizes being awarded for the largest fish. Children 14 and younger should bring a pole and bait (or borrow one of the poles that will be available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford.) There also will be sack races, tug-of-war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., bring your own frog).
A new exhibit marking the museum’s 40th anniversary will be on view. The exhibit tells the story of Hanford Mills transitioning from a 120-year old working mill to a vibrant museum.
Celebrate at the Farmers’ Museum
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will mark Independence Day on July 4 with the sounds of 1776. Visitors will be able to hear the muskets blast and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. on the historic village green. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy the traditional 19th century music performed by Katie Boardman throughout the day.
Ongoing demonstrations will include blacksmithing, printing, open hearth cooking and more. Special highlight activities will take place at select times. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
The museum is open July 4 and every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and juniors (13-64), $10.50 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (7-12). Admission is free for those age 6 and younger. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day 2013, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.