Located on ten acres of woods and meadows at the intersection of two busy state roads, the Dudley Farm at first glance looks like many other surviving New England farms from the 19th century. But, with a second look, it becomes obvious there is a difference.
Sitting on a slight hill above the road, with its picket fence and stone walls, the farm calls the passerby. The regal house and weathered barn have a bearing of permanence and strength as they cling to the land like the Yankee farmers who built them. Saving the Farm; A Journey through Time, Place, and Redemption is the story of how the Dudley Farm became a museum to preserve and represent a vanishing past.
By itself, that story may not be of any great importance, but at a time when local farms are all but gone, the struggle to save the farm for future generations took on a crusade like quality for the small group that took on the task and the hundreds who supported their effort.
Faced with unrelenting residential and commercial development, a lament repeated in neighborhoods across New England was heard in the small community of North Guilford - is this what we want? Can we preserve the history and heritage that made us who we are or will it be lost forever in the name of progress?
©2013 James T. Powers (P)2013 James T. Powers
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