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


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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 Hours
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Please Note: Museum Hours for Saturday, May 21, 2016 are 9 AM to 12 Noon. This is for this Saturday only.

Summer Farmers’ Market Begins June 4
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.

Restoration of the Big Barn at
The Dudley Farm Museum Begins

Press Release
Big Barn with siding removed.
    

May 12, 2016, Guilford–The picturesque large grey barn on the grounds of The Dudley Farm is finally getting a facelift.

After a year of fundraising, The Dudley Foundation is able to begin the first phase of restoration needed to ensure that it remains structurally sound and can become the region’s center for displaying the area’s largest collection of locally used agricultural artifacts. Once restored the public will be able to view the different assembly techniques used during the extended period of construction, as well as gain an appreciation for the farm tools and equipment used during the period of 1860–1920.

This imposing structure is the focal point for those who come to visit The Dudley Farm Museum, tour its grounds, and view its exhibits. The grounds, and especially this barn, are favorite subjects for artists and photographers. Impressively visible at the junction of State Routes 77 and 80, it reminds locals of Guilford’s agricultural heritage and the significance of agriculture in the establishment of North Guilford as an agrarian part of the greater Guilford community.

“The big barn, as well as the rest of the Dudley Farm, has been a North Guilford icon for well over a century, remaining constant as farming in our town has changed. I am pleased that we can see its preservation go forward,” says Oliver (Buster) Scranton, Foundation president.

The barn complex is composed of three distinct sections assembled over a period of more than 70 years, beginning shortly before the Civil War. The structure contains a traditional hay loft, as well as space for work animals, dairy cattle, tools, wagons, and sleighs. Currently the structure stores the Museum’s many tools and pieces of farm equipment, as well as hay and feed for the animals which inhabit the Museum property.

East Guilford Construction (Madison) has been contracted to do the first phase of this project, while William Thompson (Thompson and Burns, Architects, Guilford) is providing design services and guidance.

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.

BRUNCH AT THE BARN!
Sunday, May 22, 2016
11 AM to 2 PM
Come join us on Sunday, May 22nd for a fundraiser event to save the Big Barn. Brunch, prepared with our Farmers’ Market products, will be served at the Munger Barn from 11 AM to 2 PM.

ENJOY
  • Signature Mimosas
  • Music by The Dudley Farm String Band
  • Good conversation with friends
  • A Silent Auction with selected hand-made treasures and
    collectible antiques from The Dudley Farm Museum attic
You’ll be able to learn details about our restoration project, followed by a tour of the Big Barn complex so you can personally see what will take place over the next few years. Seating will be limited. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at The Dudley Farm Museum or by calling (203) 457-0770 or email info@dudleyfarm.com.

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.

The Big Barn Project (BBP)
The life and history of each farm revolves around its main barn. That’s where the animals are housed, the equipment is kept and the history of the farm is preserved. At The Dudley Farm Museum, the up to now, un-restored big gray barn, will now take on this important role.
Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.
Click here for more details on BRUNCH AT THE BARN!
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The Dudley Farm Garden Group
Second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 PM

Next Meeting: June 14th, 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 info@dudleyfarm.com with a message to be forwarded.

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.

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.



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