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

The Dudley Farm • 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 • 203–457–0770
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A visit to The Dudley Farm Museum is a step back in time,
a rural retreat from the past, preserved for the future.

Photograph of Dudley farmhouse.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Museum is located on the northeast corner of Routes 77 and 80 at 2351 Durham Road.

News & Events
Harvest Day
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Rain date: Saturday, October 31, 2015
9 AM to 2 PM

Harvest Day Farmers' Market table.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.

Join us on Saturday, October 24 for Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm Museum, 2351 Durham Road in 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 year we invite you to join us for food, music, activities for children and demonstrations of early 19th century skills. Rain date is October 31.

At the Market
We offer seasonal produce, mums and cut flowers, eggs, baked and canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey and maple syrup, handmade art and crafts. In addition, a number of Market vendors will demonstrate their specialties throughout the Harvest Day celebration.

Around the Farm
The Dudley Farm Museum offers spinning and blacksmith demos, working the oxen, and harvesting hops. Also included will be a weaving demonstration on our 19th century loom and other activities for young and old alike to enjoy while experiencing farm life as it once was. The Farmhouse will be open for tours and visitors can stroll around the picturesque grounds and see the pastures filled with sheep, the oxen and chickens. You might also take the opportunity to learn about our Big Barn Project and plans for its restoration.

The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market 2015
Saturdays, June through October
9 AM to 12:30 PM

   Photograph of cake with sunflower on it to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Homegrown and Handmade
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market opens for the summer on Saturday, June 6, and takes place every Saturday through October. Hours are 9 AM to 12:30 PM. It is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Dudley Farm Museum. The Market provides the opportunity to purchase local and organic seasonal produce and handmade arts 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.

The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

$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.

The Big Barn Project (BBP)
The life and history of each farm revolves around its main barn. That’s where the animals are housed, the equipment is kept and the history of the farm is preserved. At The Dudley Farm Museum, the up to now, un-restored big gray barn, will now take on this important role.
Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.
Click here for more details on BRUNCH AT THE BARN!
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Museum Exhibit for September
The Dudley Farm Museum exhibit for September is “Selling It: 19th Century Advertising.”

The Museum is open Thursday through Saturday from 10AM to 1PM and Sunday from 1 to 4PM. Programs for “Sunday Afternoon at the Farm” and other programs will be publicized via website ( and Facebook (

The Museum is located at 2351 Durham Road in North Guilford. For more information call 203–457–0770.

The Dudley Farm Garden Group
Second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 PM

Next Meeting: October 13th, lower level of the Munger Barn
Starting on July 8th, 2014, The Dudley Farm Museum will sponsor 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.

The Dudley Farm Community Garden will provide an opportunity for participants to see firsthand some of the methods and results of organic gardening and to talk to some gardeners about their experiences there. We have many very knowledgeable gardeners including several Master Gardeners.

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.

Dudley Foundation Announces its First Museum Director
   Photograph of Beth Payne.
The Dudley Foundation recently appointed Beth Payne as the Museum’s first director. A familiar face at the Farm, this native North Guilfordite has been volunteering for the Museum since her return from The Gambia, West Africa, as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Since her arrival as a volunteer the Museum has catalogued and inventoried most of the household items, including the large collection of 19th century books.

Beth enjoys spending her time with her two daughters and two grandsons. Other interests include reading, knitting, traveling, and baking. Just ask her about her Dudley Farm grape pie!

The Dudley Farm Museum and Guilford Keeping Society
Accepted into Statewide Standards and Training Program

The Guilford Keeping Society and The Dudley Farm Museum have been selected to participate in StEPs-CT — a statewide, 26–month integrated program of professional development for smaller cultural organizations.

StEPs-CT is based on the “Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations” (StEPs), a national model curriculum developed by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH). Since its debut in 2009, StEPs has helped 585 institutions nationwide, including 27 in Connecticut.

The Dudley Farm Museum and the Guilford Keeping Society are two of 23 organizations recently accepted into the program after a competitive application process. Support and training comes via curriculum based workshops, coaching from a dedicated mentor, and access to a Connecticut Humanities grant fund earmarked for initiatives related to achieving StEPs-CT program standards. Over the course of the program, both The Dudley Farm Museum and the Guilford Keeping Society will work to achieve certificates in six areas of museum practice.

StEPs-CT is a program of Connecticut Humanities and the Connecticut League of History Organizations, in partnership with Connecticut Historical Society. It is based on a curriculum of best practices developed by the American Association for State and Local History.

This is the second offering of the StEPs-CT program. From 2012–2014, two dozen Connecticut organizations completed the program. They received some $45,000 in grants and earned 116 StEPs certificates — more than 40% of the total certificates earned by all participating organizations nationwide. Connecticut’s program was the first to integrate the national StEPs curriculum and is viewed as a model for similar programs across the country.

The Guilford Keeping Society and The Dudley Farm Museum have already completed two full day workshops at the Connecticut Historical Society and are eager to continue with this excellent program. We have met our mentor and look forward to working with her to enhance the work we do!

Help Keep Our Textile Collection Cozy and Warm
Drawing of women quilting.

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.

Sheep peeking out of the Big Barn
The Big Barn Project

Now Available: Map of North Guilford, CT dated 1867.
Click here for more details on the book Voices from North Guilford.

Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.

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