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

The Dudley Farm • 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437
Dudley Museum 203-457-0770 • Munger Barn 203-457-9768

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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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   Flyer for Holiday Open House

During the Holiday Open House on Dec. 1st, 2nd and 8th, The Dudley Farm Gift Shop will be having their holiday items ready for sale with so many things to see.  Something for everyone. Also this will be the last chance to purchase a raffle ticket for our beautiful quilt only one dollar could win you this lovely queen sized quilt. The drawing will take place on Sat. 8th so come and take chance, it could be yours.

· Saturdays, December 1 & 8, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Holiday Open House & Market

   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 1st & 8th, from 9 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, December 2nd 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.

· Saturday, September 8 (rain date September 15)
Fairy and Elf Festival
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Poster of Fairy Elf House Fetival

· 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.

· Sunday, August 26
Annual Dudley Farm Family Picnic
3 PM to 6 PM
Are you a member of The Dudley Farm Museum? No?  Well, maybe this is the time to join! We invite you to attend our annual Dudley Farm Family Picnic on Sunday, August 26th from 3-6 pm. We’ll provide meat, soda and friends and great conversation, as well as picnic tables, and you bring a dish to share. This will also give you a chance to see how are many projects are progressing. Free for members!  Interested? Give us a call at 203-457-0770 and let us know.

· Saturday, August 11
National Farmers’ Market Week
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   hands showing I heart Farmers' Market tattoos
Come celebrate Connecticut agriculture and our local and organic farmers and artisans, with a variety of special events and incentives. Rabbits will visit the Children’s Corner, children will have a poster-making exhibition and receive Farmers’ Markets  tattoos.

· Thursday, August 1
Basket Making with Donna Lowell
   flower basket
Our noted basket maker Donna Lowell will be providing another basket making class August 1st (Wednesday). Class begins at 9:30 AM. and ends at 2 PM. Limited to 6 students. To inquire or enroll, please contact Donna Lowell at 203-457-003 to register. Further details will be posted on Facebook and also emailed to subscribers of Dudley Farm Doings.

· Saturday, July 14
FREE! Healthy Moves For Gardeners: Creative Strategies For Strength, Flexibility And Injury Prevention
9:30 AM / 10:30 AM / 11:30 AM
   Healthy Gardening Flyer
Bending, Lifting, Squatting, Pulling ...
  • Simple tips for making gardening easier on your body
  • Better bending and lifting habits for a pain free back
  • Alignment fixes for pesky neck and shoulder issues
  • Ways to stretch and strengthen while working
These 30 minute sessions are offered FREE. Any donations toward the event will be welcomed and shared between the instructor and The Dudley Farm Foundation.

· 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, watch basket maker Donna Lowell demonstrate her craft, and learn how bobbin lace was made from members of the New England Lace Group. Participate in a scavenger hunt to explore our grounds, while taking a tour of the 17-room farm house.

· August 1
Art and the New England Farm Program
3 PM
On August 1, 2018 meet up at the Farm for an afternoon of art and history! As part of “The Flo’s” summer-long exhibit, Art and the New England Farm, this program directed by Julie Garvin Riggs, Museum Educator from the Florence Griswold Museum, is geared to people new to painting au plein air but is open to all. Meeting at 3 pm, participants will tour our 1844 farmhouse before making painting. All materials provided. Fee charged. Limited - so call "The Flo" today! 860- 434-5542, ext 111.

· 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.

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.

· Saturday, May 19, 2018
Planting Day: Come and help us celebrate planting season! Vendors will have a selection of seedlings and perennials ready for you to plant, in addition to their usual wares. Children can paint a flower pot and transplant a flower into it to take home. The Dudley Farm String Band will perform, and Melly P's Food Truck will offer locally sourced paninis. Stroll around the gardens and pasture and enjoy nature's abundance.

· 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.

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