Experiences & Amenities
Bring your binoculars & enjoy the bluebirds at the Visitor Center. Hawks & other birds may be seen at the farmstead.
Explore the park in a new and challenging way. Experienced Geocachers have requested permission to hide caches containing trinkets, treasures, or information in various places around the park. Please check the Geocaching website for the most current and up-to-date information and clues to locate these caches.
The Pause and Ponder Trail - Enjoy this .3 mile loop nature trail at Dudley Farm's Visitor Center. This is your chance to take a quiet, meditative walk through the diverse habitat of Dudley Farm's woodlands. This trail consists of a Mixed Forest interspersed with wild grape vines, American Beauty Berry and seasonal wildflowers. There is mystery here as the trail slopes downhill and curves out of sight. A hand-hewn cedar bench is made for resting or bird-watching. Pileated woodpeckers can be heard calling; native magnolias and live oaks create a majestic canopy. The trail begins and ends at the park's picnic area.
School groups and organizations must make reservations for tours one month in advance. Groups are limited to 40 people. For more information and to obtain a Program Reservation Form please call 352-472-1142. Dudley Farm does not have a staffed ranger station. Staff is often in the field assisting visitors. When calling, please leave a message and someone will contact you within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).
Pick up a brochure and enjoy a self-guided walking tour of Dudley Farm. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of: 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store, sweet potato cellar, and a cane syrup complex. Interpreters may be working the farm in the lifestyle of the 1880s to 1940s as they perform daily chores, work the crops, and tend to livestock. (Note: the chickens are penned to protect them from natural predators. The turkeys are on the east side of the farmstead, free-ranging from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
The outdoor settings of Dudley Farm can hold up to 150 guests. With plenty of open space your wedding can be as lavish or as simple as you desire. Weddings can be held in the front portion of the park, providing a beautiful backdrop of moss-draped live oaks, open fields and rustic buildings. Please contact the park at (352) 472-1142 to obtain more information. Dudley Farm does not have a staffed ranger station. Staff is often in the field assisting visitors. When calling, please leave a message and someone will contact you within 24 hours (48 hours on weekends).
For photos and more information, download Your Dream Wedding at Dudley Farm Historic State Park.
While Dudley Farm is not the prime location for wildlife viewing, visitors are able to see and learn about heritage breeds of livestock during their visit. Cracker cattle, chickens, turkeys and mules all call Dudley Farm home. (Note: the chickens are penned to protect them from natural predators. The turkeys are on the east side of the farmstead, free-ranging from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.)
Dudley Farm Historic State Park is committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities to all of its visitors. Those amenities include:
- Beach wheelchair
- Manual wheelchair
At the turn of the 20th century, neighbors would drive their horse and buggies past the Dudley Farmstead admiring the front yard. Today visitors to Dudley Farm can see the spring bloom at its peak from March through May. Heirloom roses, amaryllis, larkspur and coreopsis provide an explosion of color. The Red Buckeye Tree, a Florida challenger, can be seen amongst the lovely blooms.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. Dudley Farm was developed by Phillip Benjamin Harvey Dudley, Jr. He assumed ownership of the farm in 1881 and began to develop the farm complex. The homestead consists of eighteen buildings, constructed between the 1880s and 1945, including 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. Staff and volunteers dress in period clothing and complete traditional chores, including tending to livestock and sugar cane farming. Come experience a pioneer farm from the turn of the 20th century.
The historic site is supported by a visitor center, offering a film on the history of the site. The visitor center hours are 9:00am - 5:00pm. The farmstead is open from 9:00am - 4:00pm. Brochures, including large print formats, are available at the visitor center. A tram is available upon request to assist with transportation from the visitor center to the farmstead. A chair lift is available at the Dudley house to assist with access to the family farm house. Beach wheelchairs and a manual wheelchair are available upon request by contacting (352) 472-1142 or requesting assistance from staff members on site.
Before you visit, download a guide and a podcast cellphone tour provided by Visit Gainesville.
Located at the Visitors Center; browse through the display cases and follow the timeline depicting Florida's pioneer settlement, pre and post Civil War, the Dudley community and three generations of Dudley family.
To ensure the safety of visiting pets and the park's livestock, pets are restricted to the natural trail, picnic area and visitor center lot. Pets are not allowed on the farmstead. Please pick up after your pet and ensure they are on a 6-foot hand-held leash at all times.
This 1918 converted farmstead features display cases with Dudley family heirloom artifacts and the Dudley Farm history video, "A Family Legacy".