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
The Dudley Farm 2017 Winter Market
First Saturday of the month, February 4, March 4, April 1 & May 6
9 AM to 12:30 PM

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.

The Dudley Farm Museum Spring Clean-up Day
Saturday, April 15, 2017
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, as well as preparing the house for the summer season. Volunteers are needed to help with the clean-up. It’s a great way to meet other folks who are willing to help at the Farm.

Please bring your gloves, rakes and other handy tools. Coffee and donuts, as well as friendship and the inside scoop on what’s happening, will be provided.

Community Tag Sale
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Rain Date: Saturday, May 6, 2017
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, mailbox #3 or email director@dudleyfarm.com.

Sunday Afternoon at the Farm
EARLY SPRING WILDFLOWER WALK
Sunday, May 7, 2017
2 PM
Lauren Brown, Leader
   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.

BRUNCH AT THE BARN!
Sunday, May 21, 2017
11 AM to 2 PM
Come join us Sunday, May 21st for our 3rd Annual Brunch to benefit The Big Barn Project. Using products from our Farmers’ Market and prepared by The Marketplace at Guilford Food Center, brunch will be served at the Munger Barn from 11 AM to 2 PM.

ENJOY
  • Signature Mimosas
  • Live Music
  • Good conversation with friends
  • Great food
  • Silent Auction of specially donated items and services
You’ll be able to learn details about our restoration project, and tour the Big Barn complex so you can personally see what is taking place during this restoration project. Tickets are $45 per person and can be purchased at The Dudley Farm Museum or by calling 203- 457-0770 or by emailing director@dudleyfarm.com.

Click here for more details on The Big Barn Project.

Maple Syruping Demonstration
February/March Event
   Photograph of a galvanized sap bucket hanging from maple tree in front of sugarhouse.
   Photo by George Page, Jr.
Please note: While sugaring is normally done during weekends in February and March, this year’s weather has caused us to end the season early. Check back next year when we will again schedule maple sugaring activities.

Our sugarhouse will be steaming things up as soon as the weather allows. The season is typically late February to mid-March. While our syrup production is for demonstration only, you are invited to taste a sample of sap and syrup. Nothing creates sweet memories like making maple syrup. Sugaring will be on the weekends during February and March, but please call ahead, as it is weather dependent. This is fun activity for the whole familiy. Admission is free.

Annual Report 2016
Available…
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


The Dudley Foundation Develops 5-Year Strategic Plan
Update…
Thanks to a grant from Connecticut Humanities the Dudley Foundation’s Board has developed and is now implementing a 5-Year Strategic Plan. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

Developed with the guidance of Donna Baron, Museum Consultant, this plan will provide direction to the organization in fulfilling its mission “To preserve, restore, and operate the farm as a historical, educational, and recreational resource to serve the general public” for the next five years. Key elements include:
    1. Provide appropriate care and stewardship for the historic structures and natural environment of The Dudley Farm. Current projects include maintenance of the Farmhouse and completion of the Big Barn Project.

    2. Enhance our patrons’ experience at The Dudley Farm by providing quality visitor services, comfortable access, carefully selected reproduction spaces and historically accurate and engaging programming.

    3. Preserve and provide thoughtful physical and intellectual access for the collections belonging to The Dudley Farm.

    4. Assure the sustainability of the Dudley Farm by providing an effective Board with a working committee structure and viable succession plan, a strong membership and volunteer base and a secure diversified financial foundation.

    5. Consolidate The Dudley Farm, Dudley Foundation’s brand identity.

Progress on these goals will be reported on at least an annual basis to the membership.

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

Next Meeting: April 11th, St. John’s Church, 129 Ledge Hill Road, North Guilford, CT
Please note: The winter meetings of the Garden Group will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church, North Guilford, CT, 129 Ledge Hill Road, near Melissa Jones School. The meeting place is the parish hall lounge—go to the second door off the parking lot and go upstairs. The meeting starts at 7 PM, and is open to the public.

Weather or other cancellations or delays will be posted on the Dudley Farm website. If you wish to be added to a BCC email notification, please contact gardens@dudleyfarm.com.


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 her at gardens@dudleyfarm.com.

We recommend that you check the farm website dudleyfarm.com 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.

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Big Barn Project: Granary Section Complete
Update
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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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
Available…
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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