Travel Back in Time and Experience the Best of Dudley Farm

Take a step back in time on your next trip to Florida with a visit to Dudley Farm Historic State Park. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this working farm is home to 18 buildings with original furnishings and unique treasures from long ago. This little piece of history has been owned and operated by 3 generations and will give you a glimpse into what it was like farming from the 1850’s through the 1940’s.

As you plan your getaway to the Sunshine State, cut your planning time in half by downloading our Vacation Guide to Gainesville, FL. In addition to Dudley Farm, our free guide will provide information on other outdoor activities to experience during your stay. You’ll also get updates on local restaurants, upcoming events, tours, and nearby festivals. The best thing about our guide is that it is free and comes right to your email inbox for your convenience.

Things to See and Do at Dudley Farm Historic Park

Once you arrive at Dudley Farm, you will feel as if you have time traveled back to the 1800’s. During your tour, you will see the staff wearing period clothing and performing daily chores around the farm. While there, you will see an 1880’s kitchen outbuilding, a post office, and a general store. Among the artifacts that you will definitely want to check out on your tour include hand-stitched quilts, old photographs, and Dudley’s Bible that he carried in the year 1835. Don’t forget to check out the Visitor’s Center, nearby trail, and picnic area.

Events are Held at Dudley Farm Each Month

If you know when you’ll be visiting Dudley Farm, be sure to check out their upcoming events. This July, they will host an event on how to make yarn dolls. Back in the old days, children on the farm would have to use their imagination and use materials found in the home to make their toys. Experience what this was like and make your own yarn doll on July 18th. On August 8th, create your very own corn husk flower. The event price is included in the $5.00 car entrance fee.

Plan Your Visit

The park is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Wednesday through Sunday. They are closed both Monday and Tuesday. Vehicles are $5.00 per car with a max of 8 guests per car. Pedestrians and bikers are only $2.00. If you will be traveling for a day trip, Dudley Farm is just a short 30-minute drive from our beautiful Inn.

Stay at Sweetwater Branch Inn in Historic Gainesville

Victoria's Cottage at Sweetwater Branch Inn

No matter if you live in Florida or will be traveling here soon, we invite you to stay with us here at the Sweetwater Branch Inn. We are home to 20 guest room suites and cottages with a full breakfast and wine and cheese. If you will be traveling with your pet, we recommend a stay at Victoria’s Cottage. This cottage is pet-friendly and features a pillow top King-sized bed and a separate twin bed. There is a spacious living room, dining room, and large bathroom. You can even unwind in the evening in the cottage’s own patio area with Jacuzzi tub.

We are close to all the fun things to do in Gainesville so you won’t have to travel far to have a good time. Don’t wait! Contact us to book your reservation today. We look forward to hosting you soon!