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

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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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   Flyer for Last Winter Farmers' Market

The Dudley Farm 2018 Winter Farmers' Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Market May 5.
The Summer market will open May 19, 9-12:30, with a special "Planting Day" event, in which children will be able to paint a flowerpot and then plant a flower (donated by Van Wilgen's) in it to take home. Some vendors will have seedlings and garden plants for sale as well as their regular wares.

· Saturdays, May through October
Summer Farmers’ Market
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, May 19. 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.

· Sunday, April 22, 2018
Earth Day and Sunday Afternoon at the Farm

1-4 PM
Lauren Brown, Leader
   Book cover: Wildflowers and Winter Weeds by Lauren Brown.
The Dudley Farm Museum is pleased to be joining the Shoreline Outdoor Nature Center to present a variety of family-friendly activities in celebration of EARTH DAY. Additionally, Lauren Brown will lead interested folk on an Early Spring Wildflower Walk. 
 Please note: NO DOGS for this event.
Though we will be early for the notable displays, spring could be early too, and you never know what we might find. Join local botanist Lauren Brown for a sneak preview of the season.

Lauren Brown is the author of Wildflowers and Winter Weeds, Weeds and Wildflowers in Winter and Grasses: An Identification Guide.

· Saturday, April 28, 2018
Rain Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018
Community Tag Sale
8:30 AM to 2 PM
Spaces are $20 and you will need to bring your own tables and chairs. Set-up on Saturday morning must be completed by 7:30 AM. Early set-up on Friday Evening is at 6 PM. First come first serve. Food & beverages, including coffee & baked goods, will be available.

Donations accepted for gently used items in good condition for the Dudley Farm Tag Sale Table. Please make an appointment to drop off donations. No clothing please. All proceeds from Farm Table benefit The Dudley Farm Museum. For more information or to reserve a space call Jerri Guadagno at 203-457-0770, mailbox #3 or email

· Tuesday & Wednesday, May 1 & 2, 2018
The Great Give
   The Great Give logo
Get ready! Help support The Dudley Farm Museum with your donation through beginning at 8AM May 1 & 2, 2018. Save the date and spread the word.

· Sunday, May 20, 2018
11 AM to 2 PM
   Interior photograph of upstairs of Munger Barn decorated for a party.
Come join us Sunday, May 20th for our 3rd Annual Brunch to benefit The Big Barn Project. Using products from our Farmers’ Market and prepared by The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, brunch will be served at the Munger Barn from 11 AM to 2 PM.

  • Signature Mimosas
  • Live Music
  • Good conversation with friends
  • Great food
  • Silent Auction of specially donated items and services
You’ll be able to learn details about our restoration project, and tour the Big Barn complex so you can personally see what is taking place during this restoration project. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at The Dudley Farm Museum or by calling 203-457-0770 or by emailing

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.

· Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29
Early Guilford Days Family Festival
11 AM to 4 PM
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.

· Saturday, October 20th
Harvest Day
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   Photograph of scarecrow on hay bays.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Join us on Saturday, October 20 for Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm Museum, 2351 Durham Road, North Guilford, CT. From 9 AM to 2 PM, The Dudley Farm Museum and the Farmers’ Market will celebrate the Harvest with family fun and autumnal delights. This free event includes demonstrations of early 19th Century skills, crafts & games for children, food, music and a special October Market. The Rain Date is October 27.

Around the Farm
The Dudley Farm Museum offers demostrations such as weaving on our 19th Century loom, working the oxen, blacksmithing, cooking on the coal stove and grinding corn. There will be games like “hoop the pumpkin” and “beanbag toss,” and hands-on crafts for children like spoon-doll making and pumpkin painting. Activities for young and old alike are designed to give a glimpse into farm life as it once was. The Farmhouse will be open for tours and visitors can stroll around the picturesque grounds and see sheep, oxen, chickens and antique cars & trucks. Phase I of the Big Barn Project is complete; take the opportunity to see the restored Granary and learn more about Phases II and III of the restoration project.

At the Market
The Farmers’ Market features seasonal produce, mums & cut flowers, eggs, baked & canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey & maple syrup, pickles and jams & jellies. Our handmade art and crafts include jewelry, soap, woodworking, pottery, baskets & beeswax candles, handspun yarn, paintings, photographs & cards, fiber art & accessories, mosaics and hand-painted glassware. In addition, Market vendors will present demonstrations on spinning and soap making and a talk on beekeeping. The Summer Market continues every Saturday, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, through October and will end the season on October 29 with our 4th Annual Halloween Party. Market vendors are planning Trick or Treat surprises between 9 AM and 12:30 PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact the Museum at 203-457-0770 or the Market at 860-349- 3917 or check us out on Facebook at Dudley Farm Museum. The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Second Tuesday of each month
The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group
7 to 8:30 PM
Next Meeting: TBA
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.

For further information and to contact the facilitator Judy Stone, email her at

· Available…
Annual Report 2017
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

· Update…
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.

· Show your support
Amazon Smile
The Dudley Foundation is a registered nonprofit with Amazon Smile. The next time you shop at please consider shopping through the Amazon Smile link and select The Dudley Foundation as your charity of choice. Visit Amazon Smile for more details.

· Update
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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· Show your support
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.

· Available…
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.

· Saturdays, December 2 & 9, 2017 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Holiday Open House & Market

Please note: The Holiday Open House & Market for Saturday,
December 9th was cancelled due to inclement weather.

   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.

· Saturdays, June through October
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Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.

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