GREENFIELD – The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township will hold its 28th annual Strawberry Festival 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 20 at the Gandy Farmstead on Tyler Road.
There will be strawberry shortcake, fresh strawberries and ice cream for sale. A light lunch will also be available. The rain date is Sunday, May 21.
Linder and the Longhorns will perform during the day. The farmstead, Gandy House and other out buildings will be open for self-guided tours.
Handmade crafts, plants, and other items will be for sale by vendors, according to a press release. Docents from the historical society will answer any questions visitors might have as they explore the restored farmhouse and out buildings.
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.
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 society oversees 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 Gandy Farmstead in Greenfield.
For more information, call 609-628-2425 or visit www.uppertwphistory.org.