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Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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18730 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669-2192
+1 352-472-1142
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Lots of History

Approximately 7 miles from Gainesville this Historic homestead and out buildings (18) is well worth... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
00GMF
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Brisbane, Australia
Very nice

A beautifully maintained farm and homestead. It provides a glimpse of a time in Florida's history... read more

Reviewed March 5, 2018
steveslifeisgood
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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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Dudley Farm near Gainesville 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.
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18730 W Newberry Rd, Newberry, FL 32669-2192
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Approximately 7 miles from Gainesville this Historic homestead and out buildings (18) is well worth a visit. All original buildings with well documented history of early farming in Florida. Kept in the family until the last surviving member donated it to the State in the...More

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Reviewed March 5, 2018

A beautifully maintained farm and homestead. It provides a glimpse of a time in Florida's history that many of us don't often contemplate. The staff on hand were friendly and knowledgeable. Our grandkids enjoyed seeing the cows and talking to "Tom" the turkey. We purchased...More

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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 7, 2018

So glad you enjoyed your visit to Dudley Farm. Our staff will appreciate your comments.

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Reviewed December 27, 2017

This park is a great way to show our young how it really was back in the day. This is a true farm when the Dudley family owned it and farmed it.

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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded December 29, 2017

Glad you enjoyed your visit to historical Dudley Farm. It is really important for young people to learn about our past.

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Reviewed October 26, 2017

A nice state park to spend a couple hours. The farmstead is in great shape, allowing you to wander and imagine yourself living there at the turn of the 20th century. Really liked this place and HIGHLY recommend a visit if your in the area.

Thank Robert M
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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

Glad you could immerse yourself in this historical period, and thanks for the recommendation.

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Reviewed October 10, 2017 via mobile

This is an excellent historic park that provides a unique glimpse into Florida's past. You can walk through the whole place in about 2 hours. The various buildings provide insight into how hard it was to live without our modern conveniences, having to grow your...More

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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2017

We are glad you found your visit worthwhile. Thanks for spending time with us.

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Reviewed August 28, 2017

Has alot of events which remember the pass/old days all and many activity for children through out the year.

Thank everidges
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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

A real working farm from long ago. It is quite a learning experience with the old farmhouse ...beautiful property...and much more. They have a cool gift store too and a small information center. Definitely worth a trip to see.

Thank Donna Y
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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded July 12, 2017

We're glad you found Dudley Farm a "trip worth to see". Thanks!

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Reviewed June 21, 2017

In the dry season, this is a great location for family and kids. My son loves to play with the old hand pump. Historical buildings, mules, cows, chickens... there's a nice bit for kids to see and do.

Thank Carrie C
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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2017

We are so glad your family enjoyed your visit to Dudley Farm. This is a great summer trip for family and kids.

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Reviewed March 13, 2017

Visitors center staff offered a very nice welcome and interesting chat about the property. The center is a mini-museum with a video explaining the farm's history and also contained small museum which offered a nice expression of the farm as well. We spent about 2.5...More

Thank Mary B
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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 15, 2017

We are glad you enjoyed walking around Dudley Farm, and that you felt our visitor center/museum did a good job of explaining the history of the farm.

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Reviewed February 18, 2017

Even though I am a Florida resident, I had not visited this historic state park before. Our time here was wonderful! The farm is beautifully preserved and our docent for our visit, David Ryker, was excellent. He, and his assistant, were extremely knowledgeable and they...More

Thank Ann S
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Irma S R, Public Relations Manager at Dudley Farm Historic State Park, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2017

We are glad you were able to come and visit us, and that you found it both wonderful and informative.

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ktozz45
November 13, 2016|
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Response from Sandra C | Property representative |
Hello. I work at Dudley Farm, and will answer your question to the best of my ability. Dudley Farm Historic State Park is mostly mobile scooter friendly. The Visitor Center area is completely ADA friendly. There is a... More
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Rickie D
July 27, 2016|
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Response from Irma S R | Property representative |
Dogs are allowed at the Visitor Center, but are NOT allowed at the original farmstead buildings. Thanks for asking.
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