In 1890, Peleg E. Francis hitched his horse to a wagon and drove to Swansea to buy clams dug from the shores of Cole’s River. His first clambake, for the Goff Gathering, was such a hit that groups from all over started coming out to Francis Farm to enjoy the great food and spend time together. To this day, the Goff Gathering still has its outings at Francis Farm.
Ken Foley, whose grandfather Frank Miller and uncle George Taylor took over Francis Farm in 1958 when he was a boy.
There are times it seems that everyone Mr. Foley meets either worked at Francis Farm or has been to an event there. “No matter who you talk to in town, people have fond memories of the place,” he said.
“No matter what we do, we will keep that old country charm.”