Winter is here, and it's been a cold one so far. If you would like to experience the way life was in Florida 100 to 150 years ago, then stop by Dudley Farm and get that experience first-hand. Also, the park has a number of exciting programs and events planned throughout the year. Please visit the event section of this website for more information.Schools and other groups interested in guided...
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In the mid-1800s, the Dudley family moved from Charleston, SC to North Central Florida. Three generations owned and worked the 640-acre piece of land. By the 1880s, Dudley was a significant crossroads community, successfully maintaining livestock, crops and large vegetable gardens and attaining prominence in Alachua County. Eighteen buildings constructed between the 1880s and 1945 include the 1880s family farmhouse and separate kitchen, general store, dairy shed, canning house, smokehouse, syrup house and mill, hay and tobacco barns, stables, and drinking well and rainwater cistern. Other original items include hand-stitched quilts, a large quilting frame, an 1835 Bible carried by P.B.H. Dudley through the Civil War, photographs and farm implements.
This short video produced by Brenton Richardson of Santa Fe College provides a wonderful glimpse into the history and workings of Dudley Farm Historic State Park.