Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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Description: 

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. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of 18 buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raise crops and tend 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. The park has a visitor center, picnic area and nature trail.

Directions to this Park

Physical Address: 

18730 W. Newberry Road

Physical City: 

Newberry

Physical Zip Code: 

32669

Mailing Address: 

18730 W. Newberry Road

Mailing City: 

Newberry

Mailing Zip Code: 

32669

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Phone Number: 

(352) 472-1142

Historical Description: 

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.

Acquisition Date: 

Thursday, June 9, 1983

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Getting Involved Opportunities: 

Dudley Farm Historic State Park offers individual, group and residential volunteer opportunities. For more information please contact the volunteer coordinator at (352) 472-1142.

Dudley Farm Historic State Park is supported by the Friends of Dudley Farm, whose address is 18730 W. Newberry Road, Newberry, FL  32669.

Hours: 

The park is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, closed Monday and Tuesday.

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).

The Farmstead is closed for “shutting down operations” after 4:00 p.m., daily.

Fees: 

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 8 people per vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Pet Friendly: 

Yes

Wheelchair Accessible Facilities: 

Yes