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The Dudley landscape is typical of the early
Florida farm with gardens, grape arbors,
pecan and fruit trees, pastures, pinewoods,
and croplands of peanuts, field peas, sweet w,
potatoes, and sugar cane. It is a native habitat MeI
for animals such as deer, wild turkeys, gopher
tortoises, bats and bluebirds. (
In the mid-1800s Dudley Farm consisted of
rolling land covered with longleaf pine and
wiregrass. The longleaf pines provided material ;Zo
for all the Dudley buildings, fence posts, and KO
split rail fences. -
Ponds, sinkholes, and an extensive, network ,
of cave passages permeate the area. The
rich organic soil with a clay and limestone
substructure, coupled with the Florida climate, '"$w
create an area well-suited for agricultural use.
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Real Fun in
Visitors can experience actual farm life as it was
a century ago harvesting, grinding, boiling
and cracking sugar cane, feeding chickens,
and much more. Park staff in authentic farm
clothing perform the daily farm chores and
activities, and a volunteer quilting group
meets to create replicas of Dudley quilts. Farm
livestock include mules, cracker cows and
Krect O horses, and Plymouth Barred Rock Chickens.
iDudley Farm Historic StWalk on the nature trail or enjoy sitting in the
Dudley Farm Historic State Park is 7 miles
rocking chairs on the spacious porches used
west of 1-75 on State Road 26 between
as a gathering place. View a 3-minute program
about Dudley Farm at the Visitor Center, a
"J Z 1918 cracker house. A rotating exhibit displays
original Dudley items that chronicle the
family's history. Seasonal activities are posted
at the entrance kiosk. Farm Tours are available
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday. A
Sself-guiding brochure is available at the visitor
welcome to Dudle9
FParm Historic State
Park! This 325-acre historic state park
offers a unique opportunity to see how the
Florida farm evolved from the 1850s until
the mid-1940s. Dudley Farm is an authentic
working farm. Its buildings have been restored
or are currently being restored to their original
History & Culture
In the mid-1800s, the Dudley family,
progressive farmers, moved from Charleston,
South Carolina to North Central Florida. Three
generations of the family lived and worked
the then 640-acre piece of land. By the 1880s,
Dudley had become a significant crossroads
community and attained a position of
prominence in Alachua County.
For over a 150 years, the Dudley family
successfully maintained livestock, crops and
large vegetable gardens. Eighteen original
buildings constructed between the 1880s and
1945 still stand today. They include the old
general store, a dairy shed, canning house,
smokehouse, syrup house, hay barn, tobacco
barn, stables and an 1880s kitchen. Also
dating back to the 1800s are hand-stitched
quilts, a large quilting frame, an 1835 Bible
carried by PB.H. Dudley through the Civil War,
photographs, and farm implements.
Florida State Parks
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
SDudley Farm Historic State Park
l 18730 W Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669
For information about Florida State Parks
Call (850) 488-9872
or visit: Im vI 1i. FloridaStateParks.org
:I ParL Guidelines
For your safety: please do not feed or attempt to
touch any animals.
Intoxicants, firearms, and smoking are
Pets are not allowed in this park. Guide dogs for
those with disabilities are welcome in all areas
of the park.
SThe park is disability friendly. Should you need
assistance to enable your full participation,
please contact the park office.
Many of the buildings and fences are 100 years
old. Please do not climb on them.
Picnic tables and grills are available near the
Hodge Visitor Center.
Open 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Farmstead closes at 4
p.m. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
SA17 entrance Ce is required at the park entrance.