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What's New 2020

Last Posting Date (Site Log Sheet)
03 June 2020    ( Prior update was 05 May )  

Artifacts: Covid-19 Virus Year in Upper Twp.
We at the HPSUT cannot help but wonder - how will this experience by recorded for future generations.

Today is tomorrow's history. You can help write or photograph it for our community and be part of our new story-gathering project called "The Covid-19 Virus Year" 2020 in Upper Township.
So, we would have initiated a new project to collect any digital artifacts related to current pandemic pause for all of us.
Email a photo of you or you and your family wearing face protection. We are also gathering any written experience stories / journal entries as Covid-19 artifacts that capture the time we all have spending at home during these trying weeks this Spring.
Here is the link to submit your photo or written story > https://forms.gle/Js6wLmxyhLYH8RM89
Thanks for participating.
Bus Trip to Hudson Valley Sept. 19-20, 2020
Details have been announced for the HPSUT sponsored bus trip to the Hudson Valley that has been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 19-20, 2020.  Our hosts / tour guides again this year will be Pary and Bruce Tell.  See the trip letter and tour outline here. 
Special Cancellation Note:

The HPSUT's April 28th Board meeting and the Membership Program, slated for May 12th, are both canceled.  In addition, the annual Strawberry Festival in May is also canceled. Watch for details soon about our future plans as well as the Society's re-scheduled bus trip to the Hudson Valley and Upstate New York in September. 
President's Comments on COVID-19 Pause
As a result of this pandemic, in accordance with the request of township and county governance, and in an abundance of caution and concern for everyone’s safety and well-being, we the Board of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township have postponed and/or cancelled all meetings and events until further notice.  The Gandy Farm, Tuckahoe Train Station and Friendship School have also been shuttered.

As events change, we will keep you posted with upcoming news and new dates for events.  The Transportation Heritage Festival which was planned for April 25th is cancelled, and the Strawberry Festival, scheduled for May 23rd, is on hold for the time being.

Please take every precaution, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you all, once again in the near future.  At that time, we will be able to retell our stories and share our experiences as we make history during this pandemic.

   Carol Ann Williams, President
   Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township
   - 16 April 2020

Latest SHOUT Newsletter - Click Here for PDF



Strawberry Festival 2018 - Promotion
May 2020 Festival - Canceled 
Strawberry Festival at the Gandy Farmstead

Also, the April 28th Board meeting and the Membership Program slated for May 12th are both canceled. 

Prior Meetings / Events

Annual Potluck Dinner and Show and Share
For Upper Twp. Historical Society Mar. 10th 
A Census Complete Count Briefing to be included in March meeting ...

Join with members and friends of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township for our annual covered dish – “Potluck” Dinner on Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2020, 6 pm, at the First United Methodist Church, Route 49, Tuckahoe.
This is the first meeting for the Society’s 2020 program year.
This Potluck Dinner gathering of Historical Society members and guests is always a popular event for our community.
There is no charge for this dinner / program, however, please RSVP with the Society’s Eventbrite page > https://UpperTwpHistory.eventbrite.com
The Board of Trustees will provide the meat dishes and we hope that everyone else attending will bring a vegetable, bread or dessert.
The popular “show and share” will be held following the dinner. Members and guests are welcome to bring in items and tell the stories about their family artifact.
For additional information, please contact Carroll Bailey, 628-2425, carrollbaileyupper@outlook.com


Regular monthly Membership Meetings / programs held on the 2nd Tuesday @ 7 pm at the Upper Cape Branch Library.

See 2020 Calendar for the HPSUT - Here
  Click Here for Society's archived 2019 What's New page

Main Events For 2020
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township has the tentative dates of our two main events for 2020.
They are:
- Strawberry Festival, Saturday, May 23, 2020
Rain date of Sunday May 19.

- AppleFest, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020.
            Rain date of Sunday Oct. 13.
Note: Above dates are confirmed.  

Membership Dues / Renewals:
Renew / signing up today for the HPSUT 2020 Membership Year.  See the Membership Page for dues levels.

Information You Can Use
Our Timeline:
2020 marks the 42nd Anniversary of the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township. 

Membership Dues / Renewals:
Consider renewing/signing up today for the HPSUT 2020 membership year.  See the Membership Page for dues levels. Or print our handy application form.

The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township is seeking information, interesting stories, old books, letters, post cards, documents, objects and other items relating to the history of our township.  Please help to preserve our past for our future generations.  Thank You!

Attention all members with email addresses:
Please include your email address when you renew your membership. It is quicker and easier to notify you by email if there is a new event or a change in plans.  Also the link for the latest SHOUT newsletter is in color and looks much better on the screen. Thank you.
Ralph Cooper, SHOUT Newsletter Editor
See online copies on
Newsletter Page.

 Share your memories and artifacts: 
History - Upper Twp. - Train Stories - Oct 2013
File Photo by R. J. Cooper
Stories of Upper Township, Cape May County
Historical Preservation Society is interested in archiving local memorabilia about our Cape May County community.
For example, see photos of the Railroad Memories program,
held in 2013 - See Facebook photo gallery -


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The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township NJ Inc.
P.O. Box 658
Marmora, NJ 08223-0658


Last Page Posting Date ~~ Tuesday, June 09, 2020

Summer SHOUT Newsletter 2020   (Posted 09 June 2020)
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"Handyperson" Volunteer Needed
For Upper Twp. Historical Preservation Society

Can you drill holes, paint a straight line and measure twice before making the cut? If so, you are needed as a volunteer with the Upper twp. Historical Society here in northern Cape May County.

 From time to time, the Historical Society needs small wood working projects completed on our collection items as part of our ongoing restoration and preservation.

 If you are handy with tools and would like to help preserve history here in Upper Township, please volunteer and join our Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township.

 Needed skills include general and interior finishing carpentry, painting, light maintenance.

 Volunteer duties would follow HPSUT methods and expectations with outcomes consistent with the Society heritage practices.

Email your information to uppertwphistory@yahoo.com or call our messaging service at (609) 390.5656 and a volunteer will contact you.

 ## - Posted 03 June 2020

Article on Regensburg in Cape May Magazine

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      Due to Corona Virus Issues – the TTH Festvial has been Cancelled
3rd Annual Tuckahoe Transportation
Heritage Festival Set for April 25, 2020

The 3rd annual Tuckahoe Transportation Heritage (TTH) Festival will be held Saturday, April 25, 2020, 10 am til 4 pm at the Tuckahoe Train Station, Mill Rd. & Railroad Ave., Tuckahoe, NJ 08270. 

The TTH Festival is a partnership event with the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT) and the Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad (CMSL).

The organizing committee for the 2020 TTH Festival includes Mike Horan and Doug Longenecker with the HPSUT and Paul Mulligan with the CMSL.   

Festival Highlights:
  Saturday, April 25, 2020; 10 am – 4 pm
Location:  Tuckahoe Train Station and grounds, Mill Rd & Railroad Ave., Tuckahoe, NJ 08270. 
                  (For GPS enter:  31 Mill Rd., Woodbine, NJ)

Key Elements of Festival:    

·         Excursion Train: Coach seats will be available on a first-come-first-served basis. Train rides will last approximately 30 minutes - starting at 10:30am. Last departure at 3:30 pm.   (Schedule may be adjusted to meet demand.)

·         Display Trains:  A Pennsylvania heritage train will be setup consisting of; two P70 coaches, #1706 and #1704; and the PRR 7099 MINERAL SPRING, a 1927 Pullman Parlor.  This train will be open to the public.  New this year, the Blue Comet observation car, the TEMPEL, will be open to the public. 

·         Station: Open and staffed by HPSUT volunteers.

·         Transportation Displays:  Visiting historic vehicles/equipment will be in the parking of the station.

·         The Station Park: Three “G” gauge garden railways, one steam operated and tables from historic and community groups. 

·         Scouts will have an opportunity to earn their Railroad merit badge at this event.

Wristbands will be sold for $10 per adult; $5 per children.  Wristbands are for access to ride the Excursion Train, Speeder Car (Motor Car train) and tour the display Trains.   Proceeds from the sale of wristbands will benefit the Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township and preservation of the Blue Comet observation car the TEMPEL.

Festival Points of Contact:
     Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township
          Mike Horan 
saltydognj@verizon.net  | 609-628-3259   
          Doug Longenecker
dougmgtd@yahoo.com | 609-701-0034
     7099.llc and Cape May Seashore Lines (CMSL)
          Paul Mulligan
pjmulligan@comcast.net | 732-770-7186 
Festival Partnership:
Historical Preservation Society of Upper Twp.
(HPSUT) > www.uppertwphistory.org
Cape May Seashore Lines Railroad (CMSL) >  www.capemayseashorelines.org


bus trip - file photo
File Photo - 2019
Due to Corona Virus Issues – April Bus Trip Will Be Re-Scheduled
Bus Trip – April 25-26, 2020 - To Hudson Valley Historical Sites
Hosted by Upper Township Historical Society
Watch for Future Details
Update Posted 12 Mar. 2020 5 pm
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Twp. (HPSUT) , in conjunction with Pary and Bruce Tell, will host a two- day bus trip, in April 2020 to historical sites along the Hudson Valley.

The trip schedule includes:      
Saturday, April 25th:
We’ll start at the Revolutionary War Headquarters of Generals Henry Knox and Horatio Gates on the west side of the Hudson River with a guided tour of the site and then have lunch in the picnic area. Our second stop will be the New Windsor Cantonment, a Continental Army encampment, where we’ll have a tour of the army’s quarters with a special guide. The next stop will be Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh, NJ, with a special program on Martha Washington.

Sunday, April 26th: A visit to the spectacular Olana, home of famous Hudson River artist, Frederick Church. His mansion is an architectural masterpiece which overlooks the Hudson, with sweeping views as well as beautiful gardens. Tour of both the house (guided) and the gardens (on your own.)
The final stop will be Clermont Mansion, home of the New York Livingston family. There will be lunch first, with a video on the history of the Livingston family, followed by a tour of the mansion. Clermont was one of the “America’s Treasurers” that Bob Villa restored years ago as part of his “This Old House” series.

The price of the trip will be $245 per person (with an additional $55 if you're rooming alone) and includes the bus, all meals (except for breakfast Saturday and dinner on the way home Sunday), the hotel, and admission to all sites.
Bus service will have departure points from Cape May Court House and Seaville, same as last year.  
To be added to the list to receive more information please contact Pary Tell at email > parytell@gmail.com or phone 609-886-8577. Her mailing address is 397 Corson Lane, Cape May NJ 08204.

Bus Trip Material For April 2020 - Printable PDF files:
- Bus Trip Registration
- Bus Trip Letter and Itenerary
- Bus Trip Tours - Site Details

Links for reference:
New Windsor Cantonment > https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/22/amenities-activities.aspx
- Washington's headquarters in Newburgh > https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/17/details.aspx
- Olana > https://www.olana.org/
- 1779 Clermont Mansion > https://parks.ny.gov/historic-sites/16/details.aspxhttp:/clermontstatehistoricsite.blogspot.comwww.friendsofclermont.org

## - Last update 02 Feb. 2020

Book about Upper Twp. 2020
Robert Holden, HPSUT Historian and author of the new book
"Upper Township and Its Ten Villages", with Carol Williams,
HPSUT Board President. The book is due for release in Feb. 2020.
 Watch for details on ordering copies.
 SHOUT Newsletter Winter 2019-2020
SHOUT Newsletter - Winter 2019 - 2020
            Click above for printable PDF

Upper Twp. Historical Society Seeks Volunteers
for 2020 Board and Committee Positions
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT) continues to recruite volunteers for Board and
committee positions for the coming year.

Orientation and development training will be given in 2020 for volunteers supporting the Historical Society.  Individuals can have a rewarding impact by helping on standing committees that meet regularly throughout the year, or they may choose to contribute just two or three hours during annual activities such as the AppleFest or Strawberry Festival.

The HPSUT Nominations Committee welcomes all recommendations. Nominations, as well as direct inquiries, can be made by calling  (609) 390.5656 (Please leave a message) or email  UpperTwpHistory@Yahoo.com

HPSUT Board meetings are held the last Tuesday of each month, at 4 pm, at the Tuckahoe Train Station.
Web: www.UpperTwpHistory.org  
Historical Society Background / Activities:
The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Township (HPSUT) operates and manages three historic sites that are open to the public: the Gandy House and Farmstead, ca. 1815; the Tuckahoe Train Station, 1894; and the Friendship School in Palermo, ca. 1830. (v1.2_02Feb2020)  ##

SeaShoreLine Train - Tuckahoe, NJ    Dec. 2017
                                                                            - File  Photo by Ralph Cooper, HPSUT
Our Upper Township's Tuckahoe Train Station was a focal point for Santa Express Train
 experience during the 2019 Holiday Season. The historic Station was staffed by HPSUT
volunteers and hours were coordinated with train schedules.

Strawberry Festival May 25, 2019
SAVE The DATE - Strawberry Festival May 23, 2020
See 2019 Photos Here > http://bit.ly/UTStrawberryFest2019Gallery
2017 AppleFest
AppleFest - File Photo - 2017
2019 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (34 Photos)
2018 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (58 Photos)
2017 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (25 Photos)
View over 180 photos from prior AppleFest events
- 2016 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (25 Photos)
- 2015 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (17 Photos)
- 2014 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (51 Photos)
- 2013 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by R. J. Cooper (50 Photos)
- 2012 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by Glen Stewart (23 Photos)
- 2009 Photo Gallery on Facebook - Photos by Glen Stewart (14 Photos)

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The Historical Preservation Society of Upper Twp. is supporting partner



Society Brochure - Scanned PDF Copy - Page 1 ~ Page 2  (Version - Sept. 2013)

History Society Brochure
Read about:
 - Membership, Mission
 - Friendship School
 - Gandy Farmstead
 - Tuckahoe Train Station
 - History Tour Information

File Photo by R. J. Cooper, August 2013
Gandy Farmstead - Narrative History - Handout (MS Word File) (PDF)

Strawberry Festival Photos

- 2018 and 2017 - See Newsletters
- 2016 Photo Gallery 2-page PDF File Photos by R. J. Cooper
- 2015 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by R. J. Cooper
- 2014 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by R. J. Cooper
2013 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by Glen Stewart
- 2012 Photo Gallery on Facebook Photos by R. J. Cooper

Photo by R. J. Cooper, April 2013
Friendship School, Palermo District - Upper Twp. NJ

  - See Society's Links Page for other Twp. / area groups / activities  _______________________________________________________

The association maintains 3 historic sites in Upper Twp:

The Friendship School
859 South Shore Road (Route 9)
Palermo, in Upper Township

The Gandy Farmstead
26 Tyler Road (Route 616)
Greenfield, in Upper Township

The Tuckahoe Train Station
Railroad Avenue and Mill Road
Tuckahoe, in Upper Township.


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     Cape May County - New Jersey