- Historic Sites
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
The plantation complex consists of eighteen buildings, including the house in which the Dudley family resided complete with the original furniture.
Farming has always been central to life in Florida, and the Dudley Farm bears witness to the complex lifestyles that evolved around it. Living history actors perform the duties of the farmers who worked the fields between the 1850s and the 1940s, from cultivating crops to caring for livestock.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this park demonstrates the evolution of Florida farming from the 1850s to the mid-1940s-through three generations of the Dudley family. An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of eighteen buildings, including the family farmhouse with original furnishings, an 1880s kitchen outbuilding, a general store and post office, and a functional cane syrup complex. Park staff in period clothing perform daily chores, raising crops, and tending to livestock.
The farm features seasonal cane grindings, corn shuckings, and heritage varieties of livestock and plants. Deer, wild turkeys, gopher tortoises, and bluebirds are still seen in the fields.