Step Back In Time at Dudley Farm Historic State Park

January 28th, 2019 by Corey A Edwards

Dudley Farm Historic State ParkStep back in time with a visit to the fully-restored, antebellum Dudley Farm. This historic State Park in Newberry, Fl features living history demonstrations, special events, and more.

Historic Dudley Farm is a one-of-a-kind, thoroughly authentic, 325-acre, working farm and Florida state park.

The facility presents the evolution of North Florida farming, from the pioneer days of the 1850’s through to the gasoline-powered 1940’s. This era of change is presented from the perspective of the Dudley family, generations of whom lived out their lives here.

The Dudley family moved to North Central Florida, from Charleston, SC, in the mid-1800’s. Three generations of the family worked the then 640-acre farm, expanding it to a successful crossroads community, with a post office and general store.

Today, visitors can travel back in time at the facility to see what life was once like here.

Visiting Dudley Farm

The Dudley Farm complex includes 18 original and restored, historic buildings. Along with the expected farmhouse, you’ll also find a separate kitchen, dairy shed, canning house, smokehouse, and a cane syrup complex. There are also hay and tobacco barns, stables, and the aforementioned post office and general store.

The well and rainwater cistern are still the main sources of water at the farm and the farmhouse includes original furnishings. You’ll see items like hand-stitched quilts and a quilting frame, Dudley family photos, and an 1835 Bible carried by P.B.H. Dudley through the Civil War.

Dudley Farm is a working farm and visitors may see park staff performing daily chores in period clothing. There are heritage crops to raise, livestock to tend, and regular maintenance to be attended to. Special, seasonal events at the farm include cane grindings, boilings, bottlings, and corn shuckings.

Not Just Farming

Other activities at the farm include birding and hiking. The .3 mile Pause and Ponder loop nature trail provides a quiet, meditative walk through Dudley Farm’s diverse woodland habitat. The trail begins and ends at the park’s picnic area, near the Dudley Farm Visitor’s Center.

Geo-Caching is another favorite activity, with experienced Geocachers secreting trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park. Visit the Geocaching website for up-to-date information on these caches. Learn more about Geocaching in Florida here.

Come experience pioneer farm life at the turn of the 20th century with a visit to Dudley Farm!

Dudley Farm Historic State Park

18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry FL 32669
Open 9am to 5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Visit the Friends of Dudley Farm website or the state park site for more information. You can also follow the Farm on Facebook.

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