Hanford Mills Museum to feature antique engines Saturday

Contributed Burr Hubbell, president of the Hanford Mills Museum Board of Trustees, and his 1907 Maxwell, which will be featured Saturday, are shown in this undated photo.

The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith will welcome farm equipment and vehicle enthusiasts to the Antique Engine Jamboree and Powerfest from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7.

The event will feature antique tractors, model engines, radio-controlled boats cars, trucks and other farm machinery from private collections as well as those of the Southern Tier Antique Gas and Steam Engine Club, the Mohican Model A Club, the Antique Outboard Motor Club, the Hudson-Mohawk chapter of the Pioneer Gas Association, the Franklin Doodlebug Club, Tired Iron of Butternut Valley, the Catskill Mountain Antique Engine and Machinery Club, Oneonta RC Flyers and the Model T Ford Club of America.

Many of the exhibits, once used to crush rocks, saw wood, pump water and mix cement, date back to the early 20th century, and some even before, according to a media release. 

A 1926 Ahrens Fox NS4 fire pumper will spray water over the mill pond, and visitors can take a ride in a 1957 Metropolitan Nash Hook and Ladder Fire Truck on loan from the Catskill Game Farm.

The Hanford Mills Steam Team will demonstrate operations of a wood-fired steam boiler plant and both horizontal and vertical steam engines, which were used by the Hanford family as far back as 1881, according to the release.

“The Antique Engine Jamboree is a great place to see the fascinating ways these early engines were employed to do various work around the home and farm,” said Burr Hubbell, president of the museum board of trustees. “Best of all, you get to talk to their knowledgeable and enthusiastic engine owners who love to share what they know.”

For more information, call 607-278-5744 or visit hanfordmills.org

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