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 22nd
Rain Date: Saturday, October 29th
9 AM to 2 PM

   Photograph of scarecrow on hay bays.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Due to inclement weather, The Harvest Day celebration for this Saturday has been postponed until the Rain Date of October 29th. Join us on Saturday, October 22 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 29.

Around the Farm
The Dudley Farm Museum offers demostrations such as weaving on our 19th Century loom, working the oxen, blacksmithing, cooking on the coal stove and grinding corn. There will be games like “hoop the pumpkin” and “beanbag toss,” and hands-on crafts for children like spoon-doll making and pumpkin painting. Activities for young and old alike are designed to give a glimpse into farm life as it once was. The Farmhouse will be open for tours and visitors can stroll around the picturesque grounds and see sheep, oxen, chickens and antique cars & trucks. Phase I of the Big Barn Project is complete; take the opportunity to see the restored Granary and learn more about Phases II and III of the restoration project.

At the Market
The Farmers’ Market features seasonal produce, mums & cut flowers, eggs, baked & canned goods, naturally-raised meats, honey & maple syrup, pickles and jams & jellies. Our handmade art and crafts include jewelry, soap, woodworking, pottery, baskets & beeswax candles, handspun yarn, paintings, photographs & cards, fiber art & accessories, mosaics and hand-painted glassware. In addition, Market vendors will present demonstrations on spinning and soap making and a talk on beekeeping. The Summer Market continues every Saturday, 9 AM to 12:30 PM, through October and will end the season on October 29 with our 4th Annual Halloween Party. Market vendors are planning Trick or Treat surprises between 9 AM and 12:30 PM. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, contact the Museum at 203-457-0770 or the Market at 860-349- 3917 or check us out on Facebook at Dudley Farm Museum. The market is subject to cancellation due to inclement weather.

Summer Farmers’ Market
Saturdays, June through October
9 AM to 12:30 PM

   Garlic scapes and parsley from the Farmers' Market.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market, now in its 21st year, opens for the summer on Saturday, June 4. Hours are 9 AM to 12:30 PM every Saturday through October. The Market is a family-oriented gathering place held on the picturesque grounds of the historic Dudley Farm Museum. It provides the opportunity to purchase local and organic seasonal produce and handmade art 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.

3rd Fairy Festival at The Dudley Farm Farmers’ Market
Saturday, September 10th
Rain Date: Saturday, September 17th
9 AM to 12:30 PM

   Photograph of little girl with fairy wings.
   Photo submitted by Farmers’ Market.
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.

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Big Barn Project: Granary Section Complete
Photo of Big Barn Granary Section completed.
Photo by Beth Payne.

Phase I of the Big Barn Project is DONE! Now on to the next part. As you know, money doesn’t grow on trees (and we even planted money plants in an attempt to make more!) so donations to the 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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The Dudley Farm Garden Group
Second Tuesday of each month
7 to 8:30 PM

The October 11th meeting of the Garden Group has been cancelled, and will resume on the regularly scheduled date of November 8th at 7 PM in the Munger Barn at the Dudley Farm. Any questions can be directed to Judy Stone at

Next Meeting: November 8th, lower level of Munger Barn
The Dudley Farm Museum is sponsoring 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.

During the growing season the Dudley Farm Community Garden provides an opportunity for participants to see firsthand some of the methods and results of organic gardening and to talk to gardeners about their experiences there. We have many very knowledgeable participants, including several Master Gardeners. We have good contacts with other community gardens and plan field trips to other gardens.

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, or email with a message to be forwarded.

We recommend that you check the farm website on the day of the meeting in the event of a weather or other type of unexpected cancellation. You may also be added to a BCC email mailing list to get direct communications.

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.

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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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