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
Early Guilford Days Family Festival
Saturday & Sunday, July 29 & 30
11 AM to 4 PM

Joint program with Historic Guilford museums: Dudley Farm Museum, Henry Whitfield Museum, Hyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum and Thomas Griswold House Museum. $10 for admission to all 5 museums for both days. Free for children 12 and younger.

Early Guilford Days Family Festival involves all five of Guilford’s Historic Museums. At The Dudley Farm children are invited to do laundry with our 19th Century equipment, learn how to whittle with Doug Williamson, learn about bees & honey with Walter Pond and watch basket maker Donna Lowell demonstrate her craft. Participate in a scavenger hunt and explore our grounds, while taking a tour of the 17-room farm house. July 29 and 30, 11 AM – 4 PM. $10 to visit all 5 museum for both days.

Come by and say “hello” to our sheep, chickens and oxen!

Basket Making with Donna Lowell
Wednesday, August 9th
Classes begin at 10 AM

Other classes are scheduled for August 23 and September 13.
Photo of baskets made by Donna Lowell.

Our noted basket maker Donna Lowell is continuing to provide her popular basket making classes this summer. Our next two classes are scheduled for August 9th and August 23rd. The final class will be held September 13th. Classes, which last 3–4 hours, begin at 10 AM.

On August 9th Donna will lead participants in the making of a Field Basket. The class fee for this basket is $105 and includes all materials. Registration is required by July 26th.

On August 23rd participants will be making a trestle table basket to put on their table for upcoming holidays. Please register with Donna by August 9 th to assure needed materials will be delivered in time. The fee for this class is $85.

The last class for 2017 is a 14–16 inch diameter CatNap basket for your kitty, big or small (even a 22 pounder!) to snuggle up in. Registration closes August 30th.

To register call Donna Lowell at 203–457–0033. Come spend half a day with us while Donna shares with you some history and helps you find the resources you need to strike out on your own. And look forward to seeing you “down on the farm.”

The Dudley Farm 2017 Summer Market
Saturdays, June through October
9 AM to 12:30 PM

The Market is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Dudley Farm Museum. It provides the opportunity to purchase local and organic seasonal produce and handmade art & crafts, while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Farm as it was in the year 1900. In addition to fruits & vegetables, also available are baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, herbs & potted plants, honey & maple syrup, jams & jellies, naturally-raised meat and pickles. Our handmade items include hand-spun yarn, paintings, photographs, cards, jewelry, soap, woodworking, pottery, sewing, quilting and more.

The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

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

Next Meeting: August 8th, Lower Level of the Munger Barn
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

We recommend that you check the farm website 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 2016
Beth Payne, the Museum Director has written an Annual Report for 2016. Please click the link below to see what progress was made at The Dudley Farm Museum last year.

Annual Report 2016

The Dudley Foundation Develops 5-Year Strategic Plan
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
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
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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