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

The Dudley Farm • 2351 Durham Rd, Guilford, CT 06437
Dudley Museum 203-457-0770 • Dudley Munger Barn 203-457-9769

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Dave the oxen looking over fence
Photo by Janet Dudley.
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   Flyer for Farmers' Market

· Saturdays, May through October
Summer Farmers’ Market
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 23rd year, opens for the summer on Saturday, May 19. 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.

· Saturday, October 20th
Harvest Day
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   Photograph of scarecrow on hay bays.
   Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Join us on Saturday, October 20 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 27.

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.

· Saturdays, December 1 & 8, 2018 from 9 AM to 2 PM
Sunday, December 2, 2018 from 11 AM to 3 PM

Holiday Open House & Market

   Photograph of St. Nicholas.
   Photo by Beth Payne.
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 1st & 8th, from 9 AM to 2 PM and Sunday, December 2nd 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.

The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group
7 to 8:30 PM
The Dudley Farm Organic Garden Group is being revised. No new meetings are scheduled but if you are interested in this please email

· Available…
Annual Report 2017
Our 2017 Annual Report is available for you to review, Please click the link below.

Annual Report 2017

· Update…
The Dudley Foundation Develops 5-Year Strategic Plan
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.

· Show your support
Amazon Smile
The Dudley Foundation is a registered nonprofit with Amazon Smile. The next time you shop at please consider shopping through the Amazon Smile link and select The Dudley Foundation as your charity of choice. Visit Amazon Smile for more details.

· Update
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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· Show your support
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.

· Available…
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.

· Saturday, September 8 (rain date September 15)
Fairy and Elf Festival
9 AM to 12:30 PM
Poster of Fairy Elf House Fetival · Sunday, August 26
Annual Dudley Farm Family Picnic
3 PM to 6 PM
Are you a member of The Dudley Farm Museum? No?  Well, maybe this is the time to join! We invite you to attend our annual Dudley Farm Family Picnic on Sunday, August 26th from 3-6 pm. We’ll provide meat, soda and friends and great conversation, as well as picnic tables, and you bring a dish to share. This will also give you a chance to see how are many projects are progressing. Free for members!  Interested? Give us a call at 203-457-0770 and let us know.

· Saturday, August 11
National Farmers’ Market Week
9 AM to 12:30 PM
   hands showing I heart Farmers' Market tattoos
Come celebrate Connecticut agriculture and our local and organic farmers and artisans, with a variety of special events and incentives. Rabbits will visit the Children’s Corner, children will have a poster-making exhibition and receive Farmers’ Markets  tattoos.

· Thursday, August 1
Basket Making with Donna Lowell
   flower basket
Our noted basket maker Donna Lowell will be providing another basket making class August 1st (Wednesday). Class begins at 9:30 AM. and ends at 2 PM. Limited to 6 students. To inquire or enroll, please contact Donna Lowell at 203-457-003 to register. Further details will be posted on Facebook and also emailed to subscribers of Dudley Farm Doings.

· Saturday, July 14
FREE! Healthy Moves For Gardeners: Creative Strategies For Strength, Flexibility And Injury Prevention
9:30 AM / 10:30 AM / 11:30 AM
   Healthy Gardening Flyer
Bending, Lifting, Squatting, Pulling ...
  • Simple tips for making gardening easier on your body
  • Better bending and lifting habits for a pain free back
  • Alignment fixes for pesky neck and shoulder issues
  • Ways to stretch and strengthen while working
These 30 minute sessions are offered FREE. Any donations toward the event will be welcomed and shared between the instructor and The Dudley Farm Foundation.

· Saturday & Sunday, July 28 & 29
Early Guilford Days Family Festival
11 AM to 4 PM
Early Guilford Days Family Festival involves all five of Guilford's Historic Museums. At The Dudley Farm children are invited to do laundry with our 19th Century equipment, learn how to whittle with Doug Williamson, watch basket maker Donna Lowell demonstrate her craft, and learn how bobbin lace was made from members of the New England Lace Group. Participate in a scavenger hunt to explore our grounds, while taking a tour of the 17-room farm house.

· August 1
Art and the New England Farm Program
3 PM
On August 1, 2018 meet up at the Farm for an afternoon of art and history! As part of “The Flo’s” summer-long exhibit, Art and the New England Farm, this program directed by Julie Garvin Riggs, Museum Educator from the Florence Griswold Museum, is geared to people new to painting au plein air but is open to all. Meeting at 3 pm, participants will tour our 1844 farmhouse before making painting. All materials provided. Fee charged. Limited - so call "The Flo" today! 860- 434-5542, ext 111.

· Saturday June 9th
State of Connecticut's Museum Open House Day
The Dudley Farm Museum will again participate in the State of Connecticut's Museum Open House Day! Come tour our museum, visit our market, sample switchell and snickerdoodles, and observe a demonstration of lace making provided by members of the New England Lace Guild. From 9 AM to 3 PM.

Photograph of a Holiday Centerpiece.
Photo by Barbara Hanson.
Over 30 vendors will fill the Munger Barn all three 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.

· Saturdays, June through October
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Pen and Ink Illustration by Doug Williamson.

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