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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2019 10:54 am

GREENFIELD — Enjoy fall treats, learn about local history and help support a historical society this weekend at the annual AppleFest. 

The event, which is hosted by the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT), is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the John Wesley Gandy Farmstead at 26 Tyler Road in the Greenfield section of Upper Township. Admission is free. 

According to Linda Leonard, of the HPSUT, more than 300 people attend the festival each year. 

The festival will include demonstrations on a flint-lock musket, bee keeping, spinning, weaving and decoy carving. An apple pie-baking contest is scheduled for 2 p.m. The contest is divided into a junior division for ages 15 and under and senior division, for ages 16 and up. 

It will be judged by chef Tyson Merryman of the Tuckahoe Inn and Nick Karayiannis of Dino’s Seaville Diner, along with volunteer judges from the community. After the contest, festivalgoers will be treated to samples. 

Although apple pie is a festival staple, the day will include many other apple treats. 

Leonard said they would have apples for sale, apple bread, apple butter and apple dumplings, as well as hot dogs, bratwurst and snacks. There will also be caramel apples, apple cider and more. 

In addition to the apples, there will be pumpkins, flowers and vegetables for sale, according to Leonard. 

Those who attend the festival can enjoy the food while live music plays. For children, there will be face painting and games available.  

Festival attendees can also enjoy the historic property and grounds. Docents will lead tours of the historic farmstead during the festival. 

According to information from the HPSUT, the John Wesley Gandy House was built in 1815. Gandy was born in 1847, married in 1872 and he and his wife, Emma, raised six children in the house. 

Gandy was a farmer, minister, constable, district superintendent of schools and a manager of the Cedar Swamp Meadow Co. 

In 1996, the heirs of Winifred Gandy donated the house and the land to the HPSUT. The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 

The restored property includes a barn, circa 1812, a smoke house, root cellar, carriage and windmill. 

The HPSUT also cares for a few other properties in Upper Township, including the Friendship School in Palermo, which is circa 1830, and the Tuckahoe Train Station, circa 1894 in Tuckahoe. 

Proceeds from the event benefit the HPSUT. Leonard said proceeds help to support the care of the three properties. 

Parking is free.  For more information, visit uppertwphistory.org. 

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