Dudley Farm Partake of the Past
Dudley Farm Partake of the Past is a partnership between the Florida State Park and Girl Scouts of Gateway Council to provide a living history opportunity for girls in our 16 counties. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the park demonstrates life on a Florida farm during the 1880’s with reenactments by Cadette, Senior and Ambassador Girl Scouts! An authentic working farm, the homestead consists of 18 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 and trained Girl Scouts in period clothing perform daily chores, raise crops and tend 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. Girl Scouts perform chores common to girls and women in the 1880s on the farm and visitors get to try their hand at them too! The park has a visitor center, picnic area and nature trail.