School Tours at The Dudley Farm

Not sure where to bring your students for their next field trip? Come to The Dudley Farm Museum, have fun, and learn what life was like during the late 19thcentury.Children participate in a hunt for items located on the Farm grounds, while other “hands-on” activities may include beating rugs, feeding chickens, washing clothes, moving hay and scrutinizing original and replica artifacts in the barns and house. And so much more!$4.00 PER CHILD $5.00 PER ADULT(PARENT OR CHAPERONE) Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and Aides –Free  Interested? Please call 203-457-0770 or email director@dudleyfarm.com. We hope to see you soon.

Spoon Carving Workshops At The Dudley Farm

Steve Rowe, a master carver from Saybrook, will be leading two- one day workshops for those interested in learning this skill. Steve talks about the joy of carving, saying: “Seeing a chunk of firewood being sculpted into an eating utensil can be fairly interesting to a wide variety of interests. The art. The Zen of it…personally find it meditative to carve. Beautiful wood shavings. And often a cool finished object.” These sessions are limited to 6 people each. Steve will provide tools to use for the day as well as expert guidance on how to chose the wood (perhaps a fallen limb from a recent storm?) and how not to need too many band aids.  Program is offered February 8 and February 22, 2020, starting at 10AM, with more sessions planned as needed. The cost is $150 per person. Please email director@dudleyfarm.com of your interest. A check sent to Dudley Foundation fro $50 will reserve your space

The Sweet Smell of Spring: Time to Make Maple Syrup

Our maple sugaring team will be boiling off sap, sending steam into the air, and offering samples to taste of both the finished product and the sap from the tree. Please remember that this is highly weather dependent; if the team is working to keep the fires going you will see a sign by the side of the road letting you know “it’s on!”  Our Facebook page will also let you know what’s happening.

We are also hoping to show how cooking is done on our coal stove located in the carriage house (next to the icehouse). Details are still being worked out, but with luck you’ll not only see how it’s done, but also sample some product.

Rug Hooking 2020 March 21, 22. 9:30-4:00 PM

Michele Micarelli returns to The Dudley Farm to provide us with another 2-day open workshop. This event sold out last year, so you are encouraged to register early, as registration is limited. Fees are : Non-member: $100 per day, includes membership to the Dudley Farm Museum for one year, while members are Member $75/day. Lunch on-your own, and can be ordered at the start of the day if desired.. Interested? $75 holds your spot, to be returned in the event of cancellation.

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Community Tag Sale – April 25, 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020 (Rain Date: Saturday, May 9th)
Wewill host our annual Tag Sale and Flea Market. Rent a space to sell the “stuff” you no longer need or want, or come and buy something from The Dudley Farm. And we’ll be grilling hot dogs and selling donuts. Contact Jerri Guadagno at 203-457-0047 to reserve your space

The Great Give Annual Drive

May:  The Great Give® is an annual, 36-hr, community fundraising event for local nonprofits serving Greater New Haven. This year it is being held on May 5-6.

And in other news …


Update: Grants Awarded

 1. The Dudley Farm Museum received a $3,053 grant from The Guilford Foundation to support the development of the Museum’s Interpretation Plan. The goal of this plan is to use the land, buildings and collections of the Dudley Farm Museum to explore the agricultural history of North Guilford, CT by developing an understanding of the operation of the Dudley family farm from 1870 to 1910, the roles/work of family members and the importance of farming in Guilford’s past, present and future. We are very grateful for this support!

2. Grants were also received from the 1772 Foundation in cooperation with the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation to support our work on the Big Barn Project, as well as a  grant from the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven to help fund the reconstruction of an icehouse and inclusion of public restrooms. These projects will add much to help us achieve our mission.

3. Thanks to a generous grant from the Summer Hill Foundation we will be able to complete several smaller projects this year at the Farm, including our reconstructed milk house and public restrooms.

4. The Dudley Foundation received a $5000 grant from the The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven which has allowed us to incorporate public restrooms into our newly (re)constructed ice house) .


Show your support on Amazon Smile

The Dudley Foundation is a registered nonprofit with Amazon Smile. The next time you shop at Amazon.com 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

Phase I and Phase II of the Big Barn Project are DONE, and  Phase III is almost completed ! Now on to the next project. As you know, money doesn’t grow on trees (and we even planted money plants in an attempt to make more!) so donations to our 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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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


The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group 

The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group is being revised. No new meetings are scheduled but if you are interested in this please email gardens@dudleyfarm.com