Downtown Gainesville, FL, has a lot to offer, but did you know there are countless things to see and do outside of the city limits? If you want to take a step back in time and experience rural Northern Florida, head over to Dudley Farm! Not only is it a great day trip activity, but it’s also listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Don’t miss out on a chance to see if for yourself! Read on to learn more about this fabulous farm.
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Travel Back in Time at Dudley Farm
History of Dudley Farm
Dudley Farm Historic State Park is, as we mentioned above, part of the National Register of Historic Places. This working farm is home to 18 buildings, which all boast original furnishings and antique treasures. This third-generation farm is a wonderful testimony to the evolution of farming between the 1850s and the 1940s.
Dudley Farm is located at 18730 West Newberry Rd. in Newberry, FL, which is just 30 minutes away from downtown Gainesville. The farm is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Entry to the farm is $5 per vehicle, or $2 for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Tour the Farm
The best way to explore Dudley Farm is to embark on a tour. You will see the staff wearing period clothing and performing daily chores around the farm (as if you really were in a different era)! Explore the 1880s kitchen outbuilding, post office, and general store. The tour also introduces you to a variety of artifacts such as hand-stitched quilts, old photographs, and Dudley’s own Bible that he carried with him back in 1835. Don’t forget to check out the Visitor Center, nearby trail, and picnic area!
Events at Dudley Farm
Dudley Farm hosts a variety of events each year. These events allow you to explore this beautiful and historic place while having fun with locals. For example, you can see the farmers plant different types of plows on their antique tractors, marvel at a display of farming equipment from the 30s and 40s, partake in knitting classes, or even bring your kids to make yarn dolls!
Continue Your Time Travel Experience at Sweetwater Branch Inn
After spending a gorgeous day at Dudley Farm, come home to our elegant inn and relax in the best possible setting. Our splendid B&B will transport you back into the Victorian elegance of Old Florida as soon as you step through the door. You’ll love the charming details and splendid decor and stunning accommodations we offer!
Take a look at our Nora Belle’s Cottage, for example. This accommodation features two bedrooms and a wrap around porch. Did we also mention it’s pet-friendly? It’s the perfect home away from home for you and your loved ones. The first room, Rosa’s Room, boasts warm colors a king-size bed. Annie’s Room features green accents, a queen bed, and private bathroom with a clawfoot tub. The biggest advantage to this cottage is its privacy; it even has its own driveway and off-street parking!