Strawberry Festival returns for 25th year

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Strawberries are the highlight of the annual Strawberry Festival at the Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.

  Strawberries are the highlight of the annual Strawberry Festival at the Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield. GREENFIELD – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township will hold its 25th Annual Strawberry Festival from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 at the Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road in Greenfield.

The event will help raise funds for the society to maintain the three historic locations around Upper Township that it has restored and maintains – the Tuckahoe Railroad Station in Tuckahoe, the Friendship School in Palermo, and the Grandy Farmstead in Greenfield.

The strawberries are the highlight of the festival, along with tours of the colonial farmstead, games, live music, crafters and stands for locals to sell homemade items like honey and jam.

The John Wesley Gandy House was built in 1815 by Joseph Falkinburge, a tenant farmer, on a portion of the original Henry Young plantation. John Wesley Gandy lived in the house until his death in 1929. He was descended from Thomas Gandy, a whaler who came to Cape May County in 1694.

There is a windmill, an old smokehouse, ice house and woodshed on the property.

Parking and admission are free. There will be strawberry shortcake and a light lunch available to purchase.

The rain date is June 1.

The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township was founded in 1978. The group’s mission is to preserve historical landmarks in Upper Township for educational and entertainment purposes.

The society has been hosting the annual strawberry festival since 1989 to raise funds to restore new historic places and maintenance.

The HPSUT always welcomes new members. Anyone who has an appreciation for the historical integrity of Upper Township is welcome to come by the festival and fill out an application for membership.


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