Big Barn Project

$50 of $23,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 5 months
Created August 8, 2018
Help us restore The Dudley Farm Museum's 160+ year-old barn!  

We are in the last phase of restoring the 3-barn complex of the Dudley Farm Museum in North Guilford, Connecticut and we need your financial assistance.  We want to preserve these barns to enable folks to see the different assembly techniques used during the original construction, to document the everyday use of this historically significant barn complex, and to provide space to exhibit our extensive collection of 19th century agricultural artifacts.  We also need the barn complex today and in the future as part of the working farm to house our sheep and oxen, store grain and hay, and protect the current-day farm equipment.

 The Dudley Farm Museum's Big Barn complex is made up of three barns and additions assembled over a period of more than 60 years beginning around 1844, and contains a traditional hay loft, granary, living space for work animals and dairy cattle, and storage for tools, wagons, and sleighs. Here’s a photo of the 3-barn complex as it looks today:
As you can see, restoration of the 2 smaller barns (the one on the right and the one in the middle of the photo) is now complete.  But, the largest barn (the one to the left) still needs to be done!  Here’s a photo of the front of this large, to-be-restored barn.

This big barn is a 1 1/2-story 24' x 50' extended English barn with its ridge-line oriented north-south and its main sliding entry doors in the west eave-side facing Connecticut State Route 77.  A 15' x 25' one-story shed is attached on the south end which was used to house Holsteins. The frame of the barn is a square rule post-and-beam frame consisting of a mix of hand-hewn timbers, some showing signs of having been recycled from other buildings as evidenced by unused mortises, and others with the straight saw kerfs of a water-powered sash saw.  The siding is vertical unpainted boards with the roof of wooden shingles. Doors have iron strap hinges with many appearing to be original wrought iron.  It is a beautiful reminder of the old farms and is a featured stop on the Connecticut Barn Trail. https://connecticutbarns.org/barns-trail

Our big barn needs new siding, new doors, and new flooring.  Fortunately, we've secured the specialty carpenters that restored the first 2 barns.  The same approach will be used to keep as much original lumber as possible and replace with similar materials where needed.  The work is scheduled to start early November, 2018.  This final phase is estimated to be $98,000.  To date we've raised $75,000 through grants, fundraisers, and generous donations. 

Your monetary contribution will help us complete this last phase of our Big Barn Project.  Suggested giving levels:

Apprentice                     $150
Journeyman                  $350
Master Carpenter     $1000

But, please don’t be limited by the suggested list above.  Any amount would be greatly appreciated!  Contributions are tax-deductible.

 We thank you in advance and hope to see you 'down on the farm'!

The Dudley Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization which owns The Dudley Farm Museum, an historic farm property registered in the Connecticut State Register of Historic Places in Guilford, Connecticut.  The Dudley Foundation's mission is “To preserve, restore, and operate the farm as a late 19th century historical, educational, and recreational resource to serve the public.”    

The Dudley Farm Museum is regularly featured in local publications often showcasing the large gray big barn complex.  The Foundation reaches more than 10,000 people per year through Facebook, its website, the “Dudley Farm Doings” email blasts, and a quarterly newsletter. Tours of the farmhouse and other programs throughout the year - such as syrup-making in February, sheep shearing in May, basketmaking classes through the summer months, Early Guilford Days in July, and Harvest Day in October - promote education of the agricultural life in the late 19th century.  The Dudley Farm Museum is an active part of the 5-museum partnership in the Town of Guilford and is one of the few working farm museums in Southern Connecticut.  In 2017, over 1200 visitors attended one of the programs, the Farmers Market, and/or toured the farmhouse and grounds.  

                                                            Thank you for helping us save our Barn!

Website:   www.dudleyfarm.com 
Facebook: The Dudley Farm Museum
Email:  ngdudleyfarm@gmail.com
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$50 of $23,000 goal

Raised by 1 person in 5 months
Created August 8, 2018
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The Dudley Foundation
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Guilford, CT
EIN: 061409967
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