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Dudley Farm Historic State Park


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Dudley Farm is an early pioneer farm established before the Civil War. Currently it covers 325 of the original 640 acres that were operated by the Dudley family for three generations. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of eighteen buildings. These are restored - NOT recreated - and include the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880's kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raising crops, and tending to livestock. The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shuckings, and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, and bluebirds are still seen in the fields. Our hope is that it will become not simply a static historic site, but rather a living laboratory where future Floridians can step back in time to feel what it is like to till the earth, plow a field, plant a crop, bring the harvest in, mark the changes of the seasons, and like the Dudleys, call a place home.

  • Activities:
  • Birding, Educational Sessions Available, Natural Wildlife Viewing
  • Amenities:
  • Bus Parking, First Aid Station, Gift Shop
  • Average Visit Time:
  • 1 - 2 hours, 2 - 3 hours, Half day


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September 04, 2015 - September 05, 2015
Reconstruction Era event is an immersion into history, during which visitors encounter living historians from 1868. They will portray the reconstruction era, and tell the story of Florida after the war between the states (Civil War). Take a walk back in time and experience a part of Floridas' past.


Dudley Farm Quilt Day and Antique Show

October 03, 2015
Our Annual Quilt Day & Antique Show with the ever popular bed turning program starting at 11 am, "Let's Talk Quilts!" Our guest speaker will talk about scrap quilts starting at 10:30 am. There will be volunteers demonstrating crafts, and vendors on site. Also including the Levy County Quilt Museum, Alachua County Day Guild, and quilts for sale.


Cane Day

December 05, 2015
See an original Florida working farm from the post Civil War to the 1940s as they grind sugar cane using mule power and boil it into cane syrup. Old-time craft demonstrations such as grinding corn into cornmeal, ironsmithing, woodworking, and washday demonstration. Also children's activities and toys, old-time music, quilt drawing and vendors are featured on this living history day.


Annual Fall Farm & Cane Festival

December 05, 2015 - December 06, 2015
Celebrate the regions pioneering past by observing some of the areas rural life style. The Park Service commemorates Miss Myrtles birthday by grinding sugar cane and boiling syrup. Demonstrations showcasing Floridas traditions, crafts, childrens activities, music and vendors are here on this living history day.


Partake of the Past

April 09, 2016 - April 10, 2016
Join us at the Farm, and learn all about a day in the life of a 19th century farm girl as they reenact different chores. Watch, participate, have fun while learning about history! Bring a Picnic - Stay the Day Enjoy life as it was

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