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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.

Amenities:
  • 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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Dudley Farm Cane Day

December 06, 2014
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.
http://www.floridastateparks.org/dudleyfarm/default.cfm

sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

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