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Passport To Guilford History

Guilford’s five history museums invite you to visit their sites and all they have to offer. Each museum has its own architecture, time periods, collections, and stories to explore. When you visit all of them, you venture through nearly 400 years of history. The participating museums are the Dudley Farm Museum, Henry Whitfield State Museum, Hyland House Museum, Medad Stone Tavern Museum, and Thomas Griswold House Museum. The program is open to adults and children, and the hope is to encourage residents to visit and support the amazing history sites right in their own backyards.

To begin, visit any of the museums during regular hours to pick up a Passport, then get your Passport stamped when you tour each site. The program begins Saturday, June 1, 2024 and runs through Sunday, September 29, 2024. (Please note: check with individual sites for hours, admission, and other information.)


If you visit all five museums and return your completed Passport to any of them by Sunday, September 29, 2024, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win one of five prizes. The identical prize baskets will be overflowing with museum swag and merchandise generously donated by local businesses. Five winners will be randomly selected from all of the completed Passports.

The Dudley Foundation Receives $26,000 in Covid Relief Funds from Town of Guilford

The Dudley Foundation is so pleased to announce that the Town of Guilford in partnership with The Guilford Foundation has awarded The Dudley Foundationo $26,000 from the town’s share of the federal American Recovery Plan Act (ARPA). These funds will go a long way in helping us to regain the momentum lost during Covid, particularly building maintenance and development of exhibits and programs. Our sincerest thanks for this support.

$1,000 Grant Received from the Agricultural History Society

The Dudley Farm continues to develop new exhibits focused on portions of The Big Barn with the overall theme of “The Big Barn: The Heart of the Farm.” With a grant from the Agricultural History Society a new display is being implemented to showcase the role of the Farm Workshop located on the east side of the Big Barn complex. The completed exhibit is expected to open this spring.

And More Grants !

We have been fortunate to receive financial assistance and grants this year from The Guilford Foundation for operational support, Keith Bishop for our Milkhouse exhibit; and a private donation for our sawmill. Your donations and membership have helped to make The Dudley Farm Museum an important part of Guilford’s historical heritage. A grant from the Pomeroy Foundation provided us with the beautiful bronze plaque in front of the house and commemorates our acceptance as The Dudley Farm Historical District listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dudley Farm Receives ARPA Grant

The Dudley Farm Museum is proud to announce the receipt of a $26,000 grant from the Guilford Foundation as part of the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), of which $1 million was allocated to Guilford. The town has awarded grants to 34 local nonprofits to support recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic which affected us all. The funds will be used for much needed maintenance, exhibit development and program support. We thank First Selectman Matt Hoey, the full Board of Selectmen and The Guilford Foundation for their generous support. We also thank all our members, visitors and volunteers for their steadfast support through the pandemic and in years to come.

Maple sugaring demos at Guilford’s Dudley Farm; Museum joins National Register of Historic Places
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SHARP Grant                                         

The Dudley Foundation was awarded a $10,000 Connecticut Humanities SHARP Capacity Grant to support exhibit planning for the Quinnipiac Dawnland Collection. Connecticut Humanities is the statewide, nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH).  Jim Powers, board member and respected historian on indigenous people of the CT Shoreline, along with committee members have been working with 2 exhibit designers with the goal of completing the design work and installation by mid-2023.                                                        


Museum Make-over                                       

  The Dudley Farm Museum was selected by the Connecticut League of History Organizations as one of 15 local history organizations to be awarded up to $3,000 as well as free visits from museum consultants to develop a plan to improve certain areas of the museum and the visitor experience through a new program, “Museum Make-over”.  This grant was made by Conservation ConneCTion, in partnership with the Connecticut League of History Organizations and Connecticut Humanities. The area selected with the traveling museum curators was The Granary in the Big Barn.  You are invited to look and learn from this new exhibit.


Saw Mill Restoration Coming!!