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Dudley Farm Historic State Park
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Newberry
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 1, 2012

had a great time enjoyed the park will go back kids ran played for hours enjoyed the home flowers and garden

Thank christy s
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Reviewed July 22, 2012

When you go to Dudley farms they have a video of the family it is worth coming this family did a lot for this area.

Thank Sandra W
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Take a few hours out of your day and go back in time. It makes for a nice afternoon and there is also special events from time to time.

Thank cweldon
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

Historic buildings, and a working 1900 Florida farm. Best to go on festivals (sugar cane grinding/cane syrup boiling, mule- or horse-drawn plowing, etc.) when there are lots of docents, games, etc. Great for kids and parents.

2  Thank Susan C
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Reviewed May 9, 2012

Great experience, like stepping back in time. Great place to take kids or out-of-town visitors. Would definitely go back.

Thank LetItRow
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