Upcoming Events

Kids Day - Scarecrows
Sat Oct 10 @10:00AM - 02PM

Why were they used?  How do you make one?

Swamp Cabbage
Sat Oct 17 @10:00AM - 11AM
Christian "Stan" Curtis, Park Services Specialist,...
Historic Park Tour
Sat Oct 24 @10:00AM -
Dudley Farm Historic Park Tour - Join us and...
Corn Grinding
Sat Oct 31 @ 9:00AM -
Homemade grits and cornmeal - Observe corn b...
Paint-out at Dudley Farm
Sat Nov 07 @ 9:00AM - 03PM
Dudley Farm Paintout - A gathering of artist...
Paint-out at Dudley Farm
Sun Nov 08 @ 9:00AM - 03PM
Dudley Farm Paintout - A gathering of artist...
Kids Day - Tom, the Turkey
Sat Nov 14 @10:00AM - 02PM
Wild turkeys, domesticated turkeys, are they diffe...
Sat Nov 21 @ 6:00PM - 08PM

Storytelling around the campfire.

History is Alive

Step back in time to feel what it's like to plow a field, plant a crop, bring the harvest in, mark the changes of seasons, and, like three generations of Dudley's, call a place "home."


history alive



See Us In Action

Dudley Farm Historic State Park near Gainesville, FL is not only an authentic working farm an enjoyable place to visit, there's also a lot of opportunities for learning. Learn more about what there is to see and do at the old farm house in our new documentary. (Note: to view full screen click the youtube fullscreen icon in the lower right corner after the video starts )


Gift Shop

The 'Commissary' contains homemade items such as
jams and jellies, cookbooks, toys, candles, and bonnets.  There is something for



Mules Star in Annual Plow Days

PD-1 Gville Sun

Dudley Farm’s Plow Days (Feb 6 and 7) were saved by our new lady mules, Susie Q and Nancy. Park ranger Sandra Cashes was finding it very difficult to find draft horse teams to participate in our annual Plow Days event. And then the team that was scheduled to plow on Sat was a no-show. Our mules who are trained to pull wagons were pressed into emergency service without balking. Tony Ryan, a park ranger, said, “They did really good. They just want to please you all the time”. Our mules are also very friendly with visitors, and can be seen near fences waiting to be petted. See this link for an article and photos taken by the Gainesville Sun staff:


Friends of Dudley Farm Win State Award

Copy of award given to CSO 2014-2

Friends of Dudley Farm State Park president, Art Wade, accepts an award for Short Term Project of 2014. Friends of Dudley Farm raised the funds for a large tent pavilion and lighting for the parking lot. Now art shows, meetings, weddings and all sorts of activities can be offered to the park visitor that were not available before. Another example of how valuable the work of volunteers is to the Florida Parks Service!"

thank you supporters
Be a Part of the Farm


We have several very important projects underway. Any and all donations are welcomed. Donors will be recognized on this website. LEARN MORE

Become a Member

The Friends of Dudley Farm are a valuable partner to the park. We sponsor special events, provide fund raising and give programs/gatherings for volunteers, and more. LEARN MORE


Our Volunteers are an invaluable resource. They may greet visitors, conduct tours, assist with special events, help rangers remove exotic plants or maintain the natural beauty of a garden or trail. LEARN MORE

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