New Hope Mills offers Good Old Days Festival

New Hope Mills will host its 18th "Good Old Days" festival to celebrate 185 years of products, service and family tradition, Aug, 9, There will be a variety of activities for families and friends, from 10 am until 3 pm at New Hope Mills, in New Hope, NY.

New Hope Mills is a water-powered grist mill built in 1823 by Judge Charles Kellogg, a state Assemblyman. The mill was one of several water-powered industries along Bear Swamp Creek. Today the mill is the only one remaining. A 26-foot waterwheel lies gracefully beside the mill; but the mill's real power lies beneath the mill in a water turbine. The mill used to grind wheat and buckwheat grown by local farmers. Much of the mill stands as it did 185 years ago. New Hope Mills is proud of its history of continuous operation for 181 years, in the original mill.

New Hope Mills is best known for its popular pancake mixes, and now offers nine pancake mixes. All products are unbleached and unenriched -- the "old fashioned" way; a right which the Weed family fought the state to keep.

New Hope Mills will be open for tours Aug. 9 from 10 am until 3 or 4 pm. There is a small admission fee for tours. This is the only day during the year the mill is open for tours into the mill.

There will be many other activities at the festival; including a dunking booth, "Flying Flapjacks", "Flapjack Stack" pancake contests all throughout the day with prizes being awarded to winners from the Mill Store. There will be a petting zoo, pony rides, and a small children's fun center. The festival will also host local businesses, such as Villano's Italian Deli, which will serve food, Schoolyard Sugarbush with pure maple syrup, and more. Several craft displays will be at the mill with items for sale and some will be doing demonstrations.

There will be wagon rides from the parking area at the fire house down to the mill. (There will be signs indicating where to park.)

New Hope Mills is located on Route 41-A, about 12 miles south of Skaneateles and 20 miles north of Cortland.

The public is invited to bring their family and friends to return to "the good old days" with New Hope Mills for day of fun and activities at the old mill.

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