The Dudley Farm - 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437


The Dudley Farm • 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 • 203–457–0770
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A visit to The Dudley Farm Museum is a step back in time,
a rural retreat from the past, preserved for the future.


Photograph of Dudley farmhouse.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Museum is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 at 2351 Durham Road.

News & Events
Holiday Open House & Market
Saturdays, December 2 & 9, 2017 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Please note: The Holiday Open House & Market for Saturday, December 9th has been cancelled due to impending inclement weather. The Holiday Open House & Market will take place on Sunday, the 10th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

   Photograph of St. Nicholas.
   Photo by Beth Payne.
Step back in time and visit the 1844 Dudley Farmhouse and Museum for cookies, carols, and merriment and browse through the two floors of the 1890 Munger Barn to purchase those special homegrown and handmade artisanal gifts presented by more than 30 local vendors. See Father Christmas, listen to the dulcimer, and experience the hospitality of a 19th Century Connecticut farm on Saturdays, December 2nd & 9th, from 9 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, December 10th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

The Farmhouse will also have its free drawings for the floral centerpieces on display. The arrangements are designed and donated by Michael Russo of Trout Lily Farm and Janet Dudley.

Photograph of a Holiday Centerpiece.
  
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
  
Over 30 vendors will fill the Munger Barn all three days with holiday treats and treasures to help you with your annual gift giving. Available, and always in demand, are baked goods, eggs, fibers, fresh holiday greens, wreaths, trees & decorations, handmade art & crafts, honey, jams & jellies, maple syrup, naturally-raised meats, pickles, soap, and much more.

The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group
Second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 PM

Next Meeting: January 9, 2018, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 129 Ledge Hill Road, North Guilford, CT
Please note: There will be no December Meeting.
The Dudley Farm Museum is sponsoring a garden discussion group focused on growing organic edibles—vegetables, herbs and flowers. This will be an informal group allowing the participants to share knowledge and ideas about organic methods and successful plants for this area.

Possible discussion topics include insect and disease control, starting a fall and winter garden, soil improvement, encouraging beneficial insects and plants, good recipes, composting, etc.

During the growing season the Dudley Farm Community Garden provides an opportunity for participants to see firsthand some of the methods and results of organic gardening and to talk to gardeners about their experiences there. We have many very knowledgeable participants, including several Master Gardeners. We have good contacts with other community gardens and plan field trips to other gardens.

The group is open to the public and—like the Dudley Farm—not limited to Guilford residents. No prior gardening experience is necessary. Feel free to bring a brown bag dinner. There is no charge. For more information call the office 203-457-0770 and leave a message for Judy Stone, Dudley Farm Community Garden Coordinator, or email her at gardens@dudleyfarm.com.

We recommend that you check the farm website dudleyfarm.com on the day of the meeting in the event of a weather or other type of unexpected cancellation. You may also be added to a BCC email mailing list to get direct communications.

Annual Report 2017
Available…
Beth Payne, the Museum Director has written an Annual Report for 2017. Please click the link below to see what progress was made at The Dudley Farm Museum last year.

Annual Report 2017


First Graders from Melissa Jones Elementary School
Visit “Down On the Farm”

Collage of photographs showing first graders visit to the museum.
    

The first grade classes from Melissa Jones Elementary School, their teachers and several parents visited the Dudley Farm on this lovely day in early May. They enjoyed learning about life in the late 19th Century, while touring the house and playing outdoor bingo. They even helped with spring cleaning, beating one of our rugs.

The Dudley Foundation Develops 5-Year Strategic Plan
Update…
Thanks to a grant from Connecticut Humanities the Dudley Foundation’s Board has developed and is now implementing a 5-Year Strategic Plan. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

Developed with the guidance of Donna Baron, Museum Consultant, this plan will provide direction to the organization in fulfilling its mission “To preserve, restore, and operate the farm as a historical, educational, and recreational resource to serve the general public” for the next five years. Key elements include:
    1. Provide appropriate care and stewardship for the historic structures and natural environment of The Dudley Farm. Current projects include maintenance of the Farmhouse and completion of the Big Barn Project.

    2. Enhance our patrons’ experience at The Dudley Farm by providing quality visitor services, comfortable access, carefully selected reproduction spaces and historically accurate and engaging programming.

    3. Preserve and provide thoughtful physical and intellectual access for the collections belonging to The Dudley Farm.

    4. Assure the sustainability of the Dudley Farm by providing an effective Board with a working committee structure and viable succession plan, a strong membership and volunteer base and a secure diversified financial foundation.

    5. Consolidate The Dudley Farm, Dudley Foundation’s brand identity.

Progress on these goals will be reported on at least an annual basis to the membership.

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Big Barn Project: Granary Section Complete
Update
Photo of Big Barn Granary Section completed.
    
Photo by Beth Payne.

Phase I of the Big Barn Project is DONE! Now on to the next part. As you know, money doesn’t grow on trees (and we even planted money plants in an attempt to make more!) so donations to the project are gratefully received. Come by, look at our beautiful barn, gaze at our gardens—take a seat—maybe have a picnic. The Dudley Farm is a quiet space in this crazy world.

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.
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Help Keep Our Textile Collection Cozy and Warm
Drawing of women quilting.
    

Do you know the Dudley Farm Museum has more than 40 quilts, a large collection of period clothing, and several 19th century wedding gowns? Some of these articles are really beautiful, but many are in need of conservation — a process which is both time consuming and expensive.

We would like to establish a special fund for the care of our extensive textile collection, starting with the conservation of the crazy quilt donated to us by the Potter family when the Museum first began. This historically significant piece has been displayed in the Museum library for years, and contains references to the Blizzard of ’88, various Connecticut towns, and other significant events of local historical interest.

So — as you stay cozy and warm under YOUR quilt (or blanket!) this winter, consider a donation to the Dudley Foundation to help support our efforts to preserve our past. As always, your contribution are tax-deductible. Simply note on your check “Textile Conservation Fund.”

Thanks for your help.

Voices from North Guilford
Available…
Over eight years in the making, the book Voices from North Guilford has been published and is available for purchase at The Dudley Farm Museum. Click here for details.




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Sheep peeking out of the Big Barn
The Big Barn Project




Now Available: Map of North Guilford, CT dated 1867.
Click here for more details on the book Voices from North Guilford.



Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.

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