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 203-457-9769

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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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· Available…
Annual Report 2016
Beth Payne, the Museum Director has written an Annual Report for 2016. Please click the link below to see what progress was made at The Dudley Farm Museum last year.

Annual Report 2016

· Saturday, December 3, 2016
Saturday, December 10, 2016

Holiday Open House & Market
9 AM to 2 PM
   Photograph of St. Nicholas at Vendor Table.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Museum and Farmers’ Market invite you to celebrate the 2016 Holiday season on December 3rd and 10th, from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Museum will be open for “Cookies and Carols” at their Holiday Open House and the Munger Barn will host the 21st Annual Holiday Market.

See our 1844 Farmhouse decorated for the holidays and enjoy live dulcimer music and complimentary mulled cider and cookies served in the dining room. All are invited to join in singing carols in the parlor accompanied by music played on our 1856 melodeon. 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 both 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.

· Show your support
$10,000 Donation Match for The Big Barn Project (BBP)
Planning for and progress on the Big Barn Project (BBP) is moving ahead. Our really exciting news is that we have an anonymous donor who is willing to match all donations to the BBP up to and including $10,000 that are received this calendar year! So – please help to make that match happen. Donations can be made to The Dudley Foundation with BBP or Big Barn Project noted on the check.

· Saturday, September 10, 2016
Rain date: Saturday, September 17, 2016

3rd Fairy Festival at The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Photograph of little girl with fairy wings.
Photo submitted by Farmers’ Market.
Join us for our third
“Fairy Festival.”

Join us at the Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market on Saturday, September 10th from 9 AM to 12:30 PM for our third annual Fairy Festival. We welcome you to dress for the occasion in your finest Fairy or Elf ensemble, or any other spritely attire. Children (accompanied by adults) can follow our Fairy Trail, color a Flying Butterfly Fairy, stop by the Save-Our-Monarchs station, decorate a wand, and discover their Fairy names. They can also create a crown with Cheryl Kling, local author of Nature’s Royal Tea Party. Crafts are limited to the first 200 fairies, but the Fairy Trail and other stations will be available throughout the event. Come join us as we bring Fairies to the Farm! Rain date is Saturday, September 17th.

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

· Saturday, October 29, 2016
Last Farmers’ Market & Halloween Party
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Photograph of start of scavenger hunt.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Join us on Saturday, October 29, for the last day of the 2016 Summer Farmers’ Market at the Dudley Farm. From 9 AM to 12:30 PM, the Farmers’ Market will offer seasonal produce, mums and cut flowers, eggs, baked and canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey and maple syrup, and handmade art and crafts. In addition, you are invited to celebrate the season’s end with a special self-guided Halloween Scavenger Hunt and Trick-or-Treat fun with our costumed vendors.

Children are encouraged to wear costumes and adults are welcome to join in the fun. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather and there is no rain date for this event. Contact 860–349–3917 for more information.

· Sunday, July 17, 2016
Basket Making: Carrying the Tradition on in North Guilford
9:30 AM
Photograph of handmade basket.

Unfortunately, the Basket Making workshop for this Sunday has been cancelled due to poor response. If there is interest, it will be offered again in the Fall.
If you’ve ever attended The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market you’ve seen the lovely baskets made by Guilford native Donna Lowell. Watching her work you see that she can readily whip up a classic New England style basket — and she enjoys teaching the craft to others. “I teach children, adults — anyone who thinks it would be fun to learn.” Always skilled at making things with her hands, Donna is entirely self-taught. After being given some particularly interesting and unique baskets, Donna visited the Guilford Library to read and learn about basket making from the wealth of information available there.

Donna weaves her magic in her home studio in North Guilford, designing unique items, filling commission orders, and supplying The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market with baskets at her “Thimble Reed” basket stand. And now The Dudley Farm Museum is offering a class with Donna on Sunday morning, July 17th at 9:30 AM. The $90 fee, (or $135 for 2 adult family members) includes all materials and 5–6 hours of instruction. The reward is a beautiful handmade basket to take home! For more information or to register, please call The Dudley Farm Museum at 203-457-0770.

· Sunday, May 22, 2016
11 AM to 2 PM
Come join us on Sunday, May 22nd for a fundraiser event to save the Big Barn. Brunch, prepared with our Farmers’ Market products, will be served at the Munger Barn from 11 AM to 2 PM.

  • Signature Mimosas
  • Music by The Dudley Farm String Band
  • Good conversation with friends
  • A Silent Auction with selected hand-made treasures and
    collectible antiques from The Dudley Farm Museum attic
You’ll be able to learn details about our restoration project, followed by a tour of the Big Barn complex so you can personally see what will take place over the next few years. Seating will be limited. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased at The Dudley Farm Museum or by calling (203) 457-0770 or email

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.

· First Saturday of the month, February 6, March 5, April 2 & May 7
The Dudley Farm 2016 Winter Market
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Glass bottles of Maple Syrup in the sunlight.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

The Dudley Farm Winter Market will be held the first Saturday of each month February through May, from 9 AM to 12:30 PM in the Munger Barn. We offer baked goods, eggs, handmade crafts, jams and jellies, naturally-raised meats, pickles, winter vegetables and more.

Subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

· Saturday, May 7, 2016
Museum Opens For the Season
The Dudley Farm Museum invites you to tour our home beginning Saturday, May 7th. Spring cleaning is done and the house is ready for company. Won’t you stop by?

· Tuesday & Wednesday, May 3 & 4, 2016
The Great Give
   The Great Give logo and date May 3-4, 2016
Get ready! Help support The Dudley Farm Museum with your donation through beginning at 8AM May 3–4, 2016. Save the date and spread the word. We are participating in this event for matching funds.

· Sunday, May 1, 2016
Sunday Afternoon at the Farm
2 PM
   Book cover: Wildflowers and Winter Weeds by Lauren Brown.
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 30, 2016
Rain Date: Saturday, May 7, 2016

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 or email

· Saturday, April 23, 2016
Celebrate Earth Day with North Guilford Nursery School
10 AM to 3 PM
North Guilford Nursery School presents Earthfest. Join us for a fun-filled family event celebrating Earthday. There will be plenty of kid-friendly activities and demonstrations culminating with a cow chip bingo raffle. This free event and raffle to be held on April 23rd 10 AM to 3 PM on the grounds of The Dudley Farm Museum. Raffle tickets will go on sale February 1st. For more information please call the School at 203-457-0808.

· Saturday, April 23, 2016
Raptor Program in the Munger Barn
1:30 to 2:30 PM
   Photograph of Aviana the Red Tailed Hawk of Blue Moon Raptors.
   Photograph of Onyx the Barred Owl of Blue Moon Raptors.
Rose Crisci from Blue Moon Raptors ( will present a program to benefit the Big Barn Project. Ticket prices are $3.00 children, $7.00 adults and $15.00 families. The program will be held in the Munger Barn in conjunction with the NGNS Earthfest program on April 23. This is a ticketed event and seating is limited. Advance ticket purchase at The Dudley Farm Museum or North Guilford Nursery School is encouraged, however if event is not sold out tickets may be available at the door.

The hour long program will feature Aviana, a Red Tailed Hawk who came to Blue Moon Raptors in the fall of 2011 with an injury to her left wing and Onyx, a Barred Owl who has been in captivity since 2008 after he fell from his nest and sustained an injury to his wing.

· Saturday, April 9, 2016
Rain Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Dudley Farm Museum Spring Clean-up Day
9 AM until finished.
It has been a hard Winter and Spring has arrived. It is now time to spruce up The Dudley Farm Museum grounds. Work will include cleaning up garden beds, raking leaves, picking up branches etc. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean-up.

Please bring your gloves, rakes and other handy tools. Coffee and donuts will be provided.

· February/March Event
Maple Syruping Demonstration
The trees are tapped, the sap is running. Maple syrup is being made at The Dudley Farm Museum! As you know, this is very weather dependent, so call 203–457–0770 Wednesday through Saturday, or email ngdudleyfarm@gmail to inquire. It is a sweet time at the Farm!

· Sunday, March 6th
Genealogy Workshop
1 to 4 PM
How many branches does YOUR family tree have? Tracy Tomaselli, a life long Guilford resident, descendant of 13 founders of Guilford, and genealogist for over 25 years will be available March 6th for a genealogy workshop at The Dudley Farm Museum, Sunday from 1 to 4 PM. Tracy will explain how to use, as well as other internet and local resources. Space is limited to the first 10 to sign up. Please bring laptop, a family tree, and questions. Want to be in on the fun? Call 203–457–0770 or email ngdudleyfarm@gmail.

· Tuesday, February 2nd
Change of date, time and place for the Garden Group’s February meeting
6:45 PM
Our group will be joining the Branford Garden Club on Tuesday, February 2nd at 6:45 PM at the Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford, CT

Judy Stone will give an informal talk:
Organic Gardening: What, Why and How
This meeting is free and open to the public; please bring along interested friends. The evening will be a great opportunity to share experiences about organic gardening, whether you are experienced and even especially if you are a novice. It will be a good opportunity to connect with other local gardeners, some of whom are members of the Branford Community Garden, the Dudley Farm, their visitors and supporters, and the Branford Garden Club.

The talk will address why and how we garden organically, some of the science behind this, and in a much larger context the environmental issues at stake. There will be a slide show of photos from the Dudley Farm Community Garden and other organic gardens. Resource materials will be available.

· Sunday, January 17, 2016
Snow Date: Sunday, January 24, 2016

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm: Bottom Line Murder
2 PM
   Photograph of cover of Bottom Line Murder, a book by Bill Black.
Come in out of the cold and heat things up downstairs at the Munger Barn on Sunday, January 17th at 2 PM, (snow date of Sunday, January 24th at 2 PM). Our own Bill Black will be reading from and discussing his book, Bottom Line Murder. The proceeds from any book sales will be donated to support the Big Barn Project. Reservations are encouraged by calling Bill at (203) 457–1459.

Bill Black is a first time author living in North Guilford. Growing up in New York City, Bill took his street experiences and combined them with his military service and a lifetime of accounting knowledge to create, after a seventeen year writing period, a novel mixing murder, bribery and international terrorism.

His main character, Mark O’Connor, a retired New York City detective, now works as a forensic accountant, specializing in criminal investigations. This sedate retirement life he chose turns into anything but sedate as he utilizes his past detective skills to solve a variety of crimes, a challenge he openly welcomes.

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