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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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· Saturday, September 10th
Rain Date: Saturday, September 17th

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 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, September 10th, 1 to 4 PM
Sunday, September 11th, 1 to 4 PM

Early Guilford Days Family Festival
Also on September 10th and continuing through September 11th is the Annual Early Guilford Days Family Festival, which will start after the end of the Fairy Festival. This event is being coordinated by the Five Historic Museums of Guilford and features activities and demonstrations at all the museums. So come to the Dudley Farm, see our animals, help with household chores, whittle away some of the day and watch a saw horse demonstration.

The Dudley Farm Museum is open Saturday, September 10th from 1 to 4 PM and Sunday, September 11th from 1 to 4 PM. The other 4 historic museums located in Guilford are open from 11 AM to 4 PM both days. Price for the Festival is $5 for one day, $8 for 2 days—includes all 5 museums. Children 11 and younger free. Please make a day—or two—of it.

· Press Release
Restoration of the Big Barn at
The Dudley Farm Museum Begins

Big Barn with siding removed.

May 12, 2016, Guilford–The picturesque large grey barn on the grounds of The Dudley Farm is finally getting a facelift.

After a year of fundraising, The Dudley Foundation is able to begin the first phase of restoration needed to ensure that it remains structurally sound and can become the region’s center for displaying the area’s largest collection of locally used agricultural artifacts. Once restored the public will be able to view the different assembly techniques used during the extended period of construction, as well as gain an appreciation for the farm tools and equipment used during the period of 1860–1920.

This imposing structure is the focal point for those who come to visit The Dudley Farm Museum, tour its grounds, and view its exhibits. The grounds, and especially this barn, are favorite subjects for artists and photographers. Impressively visible at the junction of State Routes 77 and 80, it reminds locals of Guilford’s agricultural heritage and the significance of agriculture in the establishment of North Guilford as an agrarian part of the greater Guilford community.

“The big barn, as well as the rest of the Dudley Farm, has been a North Guilford icon for well over a century, remaining constant as farming in our town has changed. I am pleased that we can see its preservation go forward,” says Oliver (Buster) Scranton, Foundation president.

The barn complex is composed of three distinct sections assembled over a period of more than 70 years, beginning shortly before the Civil War. The structure contains a traditional hay loft, as well as space for work animals, dairy cattle, tools, wagons, and sleighs. Currently the structure stores the Museum’s many tools and pieces of farm equipment, as well as hay and feed for the animals which inhabit the Museum property.

East Guilford Construction (Madison) has been contracted to do the first phase of this project, while William Thompson (Thompson and Burns, Architects, Guilford) is providing design services and guidance.

· 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.

Harvest Day
Saturday, October 21, 2017
Rain date: October 28, 2017
9 AM to 2 PM
Join us on Saturday, October 21 for Harvest Day at The Dudley Farm. 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 28.

Holiday Market
Saturdays, December 2 and 9, 2017, 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, December 10, 2017, 11 AM to 3 PM
Please note: The Holiday Open House & Market for Saturday,
December 9th was cancelled due to inclement weather.

· Thursday, October 19th
Annual Meeting/Potluck Dinner
6:30 PM
Join us at The Annual Meeting when we will vote in new board members and officers. After our potluck dinner stay to hear Dennis Culliton, a well-known Guilford Social Studies teacher who has been instrumental in developing and promoting the Witness Stones Project.

The Witness Stones Project is a local initiative that was formed to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved persons who helped build our communities. The Project will be placing memorial stones at the places where enslaved men and women lived, worked, and worshipped in Guilford.

They are also working to deepen our town’s understanding of the local history of slavery. This fall, eighth-grade students at Adams Middle School are researching and writing about slavery and enslaved Guilford men and women using wills, property records, anecdotes, state statutes, and the U.S. Constitution.

Please bring your own place setting and a main dish or dessert to share. Coffee, tea and cider provided.

· Wednesday, August 9th
Basket Making with Donna Lowell
Classes begin at 10 AM

Other classes are scheduled for August 23 and September 13.

Photo of baskets made by Donna Lowell.

Our noted basket maker Donna Lowell is continuing to provide her popular basket making classes this summer. Our next two classes are scheduled for August 9th and August 23rd. The final class will be held September 13th. Classes, which last 3–4 hours, begin at 10 AM.

On August 9th Donna will lead participants in the making of a Field Basket. The class fee for this basket is $105 and includes all materials. Registration is required by July 26th.

On August 23rd participants will be making a trestle table basket to put on their table for upcoming holidays. Please register with Donna by August 9 th to assure needed materials will be delivered in time. The fee for this class is $85.

The last class for 2017 is a 14–16 inch diameter CatNap basket for your kitty, big or small (even a 22 pounder!) to snuggle up in. Registration closes August 30th.

To register call Donna Lowell at 203–457–0033. Come spend half a day with us while Donna shares with you some history and helps you find the resources you need to strike out on your own. And look forward to seeing you “down on the farm.”

   Photograph of a Holiday Centerpiece.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Step back in time and visit the 1844 Dudley Farmhouse and Museum for cookies, carols, and merriment and browse through the two floors of the 1890 Munger Barn to purchase those special homegrown and handmade artisanal gifts presented by more than 30 local vendors. See Father Christmas, listen to the dulcimer, and experience the hospitality of a 19th Century Connecticut farm on Saturdays, December 2nd & 9th, from 9 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, December 10th from 11 AM to 3 PM.

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 St. Nicholas at Vendor Table.
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 and decorations, handmade art and crafts, honey, jams and jellies, maple syrup, naturally-raised meats, pickles, soap and much more.

· Saturday, April 15, 2017
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, 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.

· February/March Event
Maple Syruping Demonstration
   Photograph of a galvanized sap bucket hanging from maple tree in front of sugarhouse.
   Photo by George Page.
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.

· Saturday, January 21, 2017
Snow Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017

Pieced History
1:30 PM
   Photograph of Potter Crazy Quilt.
After we clean up the cookie crumbs and put all back in order, The Dudley Farm Museum will present Lorraine German from Mad River Antiques in North Granby for a presentation entitled Pieced History. Lorraine will discuss the history of textiles in America and its influence on the development of the American quilt, which resulted in the quilt’s evolution from an elegant domestic furnishing reserved only for the wealthy to the familiar pieced bedcover available to households of all income levels.

Our antique quilt frame will be set up to display a quilt recently made by the Dudley Farm Quilters, and we also anticipate being able to display our recently-conserved Potter Crazy Quilt with the Blizzard of 1888 as its subject matter. A small historical display of that event will also be featured.

Please join us Saturday, January 21st (snow date January 22nd) at 1:30 PM in the lower level of the heated Munger Barn. Admission is free, but donations to support our textile collection are appreciated. An RSVP to or call to 203-457-0770 is appreciated in the event of cancellation.

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