Gainesville's Dudley Farm Offers Glimpse at History

The Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a piece of Florida's history seen through the eyes of three generations of the Dudley family.

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On Thursday, April 28, 2011 - 08:02
Gainesville, FL

The Dudley Farm Historic State Park is a piece of Florida's history seen through the eyes of three generations of the Dudley family. This site gives visitors an experience of the evolution of farming in the state and the struggles farming families faced in the 1800s.

The Dudley family took up residence in central Florida in the mid 1800s. The family worked 640 acres of farm land and three generations later the farm had become a community revolving around their livestock, vegetable garden, syrup mill, tobacco farm, smokehouse and even a general store.

Today visitors can see the original syrup house and many artifacts of original farming equipment. The park now has people in the homes reenacting what daily chores would have looked like for tour groups. Other activities include the large picnic areas, two walking trails and visitors center where guests can purchase or participate in the making of homemade canned goods.