Dudley Farm Historic State Park, Newberry

#209 of 581 in Museums in Florida
Visitors can experience farm life as it was a century ago. This 325 acre Florida State Park focuses on farming, agriculture and the way of life from the 1880’s through the 1940’s. Dudley Farm Historic State Park is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was donated to the state in 1983 by Myrtle Dudley and was originally purchased in 1859 by her grandfather Phillip Benjamin Dudley Sr. What you will find today are 18 structures that have been preserved and restored (all built between 1880 and 1940), crop fields and livestock.

When arriving at Dudley Farm Historic State Park you will first see the Visitor Center. In the Visitor Center, an informative 12 minute video about Dudley Farm can be viewed. This is also where brochures and interpretive displays can be found. Next to the Visitor Center is the Commissary. The Commissary is opened from 10 am – 3:30 pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Handmade items, such as quilts, knitted and crocheted items, jellies and wooden toys can be purchased in the Commissary. The Pause and Ponder Trail is a beautiful ¼ mile loop hiking trail that is located on the North East end of the parking lot. Behind the Visitor Center is the trail that takes you to the historic farmstead, where you will find the farm house, 17 other historic structures,cracker cattle, a cracker horse, a mule, turkeys, chickens and crop fields.
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  • every year they have an open house. don't miss the sugar cane boil and take some back to the house. also, arts and crafts, music, and more  more »
  • Very interesting to take the younger generations to see how one family lived and worked in the 1800. They do cane grinding there on this weekend with selling of the cane syrup. Different events at lea...  more »
  • The volunteers/staff at this park are awesome!!! All in period dress and as friendly/hospitable as history describes the Dudley family. The detail to everything here is amazing. Such a wonderful experience for everyone who loves Florida, history, farming, or nature! Make sure to watch the video documentary when you enter the visitor center, grab a tour guide brochure, and don't miss the general store on the way out!!!
  • Great hidden gem near Gainesville. Come if you love nature, agriculture or all three. And do not skip the gift shop! They sell all types of local and hand made items including sugar cane made on site.

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