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
Museum Closed This Weekend
Friday, September23rd
Saturday, September 24th
Sunday, September 25th

Please Note: The Dudley Farm Museum will be closed from Friday, September 23rd through Sunday, September 25th. The Museum will reopen Thursday, September 29th at 10 AM. The Farmers’ Market will be open Saturday, September 24th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM.

Summer Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, June through October
9 AM to 12:30 PM

   Garlic scapes and parsley from the Farmers' Market.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, now in its 21st year, opens for the summer on Saturday, June 4. Hours are 9 AM to 12:30 PM every Saturday through October. 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 and crafts, while enjoying the beauty and serenity of the Farm as it was in the year 1900. In addition to fruits and vegetables, also available are baked goods, eggs, fresh cut flowers, herbs and potted plants, honey and maple syrup, jams and 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.

3rd Fairy Festival at The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 10th
Rain Date: Saturday, September 17th
9 AM to 12:30 PM

   Photograph of little girl with fairy wings.
   Photo submitted by Farmers’ Market.
Join us at the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 10th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM for our third annual Fairy Festival. We welcome you to dress for the occasion in your finest Fairy or Elf ensemble, or any other spritely attire. Children (accompanied by adults) can follow our Fairy Trail, color a Flying Butterfly Fairy, stop by the Save-Our-Monarchs station, decorate a wand, and discover their Fairy names. They can also create a crown with Cheryl Kling, local author of Nature’s Royal Tea Party. Crafts are limited to the first 200 fairies, but the Fairy Trail and other stations will be available throughout the event. Come join us as we bring Fairies to the Farm! Rain date is Saturday, September 17th.

For more information, please contact 860-349-3917 or check us out on Facebook at Dudley Farm Museum. The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Early Guilford Days Family Festival
Saturday, September 10th, 1 to 4 PM
Sunday, September 11th, 1 to 4 PM

Also on September 10th and continuing through September 11th is the Annual Early Guilford Days Family Festival, which will start after the end of the Fairy Festival. This event is being coordinated by the Five Historic Museums of Guilford and features activities and demonstrations at all the museums. So come to the Dudley Farm, see our animals, help with household chores, whittle away some of the day and watch a saw horse demonstration.

The Dudley Farm Museum is open Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 4 PM and Sunday, September 11th from 1 to 4 PM. The other 4 historic museums located in Guilford are open from 11 AM to 4 PM both days. Price for the Festival is $5 for one day, $8 for 2 days—includes all 5 museums. Children 11 and younger free. Please make a day—or two—of it.

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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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The Dudley Foundation Awarded Grant
to Develop Strategic Plan

Press Release
May 1, 2016, Guilford–A $1500 grant to The Dudley Farm Museum/Dudley Foundation awarded by Connecticut Humanities will enable the Foundation’s Board to develop and implement the Foundation’s first strategic plan. Once completed 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.”

As stated in the grant application with concurrence by Foundation President Oliver Scranton, “The Board recognizes that this is not something that can be done by the Board or (Museum) Director in partnership with each other or alone, but that a formalized approach is needed to achieve success. A strategic plan will help guide the Foundation for the next 3 to 5 years as it remains the only farm museum in southern Connecticut, and works toward its vision to ‘provide leadership to the greater community in the promotion of historic awareness and interpretation of the history of the North Guilford community.’ The utilization of a consultant will result in the creation of a realistic strategy that matches current and anticipated resources, helping to ensure that Board and staff embrace the plan and agree on the articulated goals.”

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.

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

Next Meeting: October 11th, lower level of 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 with a message to be forwarded.

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.

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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