The Dudley Farm • 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 • 203–457–0770
Photo by Janet Dudley.|
|News & Events
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.
Each Summer Market will have a Children’s Corner,
featuring a farm-related activity, such as nature crafts, animals, story
telling, and gardening, from 10-11:30 a.m.
Saturdays, May through October
Summer Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, now in its 23rd 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.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.|
The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.
Starting May 31st
Basket Making with Donna Lowell
Our noted basket maker Donna Lowell will be
providing basket making classes beginning May
31st (Thursday) . Our first basket will be a
Farmers' Market Basket. This traditional market
basket was used years ago when one went to the
mercantile. Today it has many uses from gathering
bounty from your garden to holding you arts and
craft projects, or even filling it with the wonderful
baked goods, vegetables, maple syrup and more from your favorite local
farmers’ market on Saturday mornings. Class begins at 9:30 AM. and ends
at 2 PM. Limited to 6 students. Cost, which includes all materials, is $90.
Please bring a pair of old sharp scissors. Checks should be made out to The
Dudley Foundation and sent to Donna Lowell, 906 West St, Guilford. Call
Donna at 203-457-003 to register. Checks must be received by May 28 th
Other baskets will be made on June 14th and July 12th. Details will be
posted on Facebook and also emailed to subscribers of Dudley Farm Doings.
Saturday June 9th
State of Connecticut's Museum Open House Day
The Dudley Farm Museum will again participate in the State of Connecticut's Museum Open House Day! Come tour our museum, visit our market, sample switchell and snickerdoodles, and observe a demonstration of lace making provided by members of the New England Lace Guild. From 9 AM to 3 PM.
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
9 AM to 12:30 PM
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.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.|
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 email@example.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.
For further information and to contact the facilitator Judy Stone, email
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Preserve and provide thoughtful physical and intellectual access for the collections
belonging to The Dudley Farm.
- 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.
- 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
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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
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.
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,
9th was cancelled due to inclement weather.
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.
Photo by Beth Payne.|
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.
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.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.|
Saturdays, June through October
Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.
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