RUDY'S CHRISTMAS TREE FARM established 1979
The Rudy family of Dauphin, Pennsylvania began planting seedling evergreens in the spring of 1979 at Jack and Jeanne Rudy's newly purchased thirty-three acre farm. Jack was a painting contractor, living in the same small town that he grew up in, but he always wanted to own a farm. At age 50, after thirty years of marriage and sending five children off to college, his dream began to come true. Soon after the purchase of the farm, he began to rebuilt the stone walls of the old bank barn, and plant apple trees, chestnut trees, and berry bushes.
When Spring came, Jack surprised his family with a shipment of one thousand baby Christmas trees. It took an entire week to plant all of them by hand. Springtime at the tree farm has not been the same since then! Forty-two years later, more than twenty thousand trees have been planted and Rudy's Christmas Tree Farm continues to thrive in scenic Perry County, PA! Our fields of Concolor, Balsam, Canaan, Fraser Firs are beautiful to walk through, fragrant to smell, and perfectly shaped by hand to grace your home at the holidays.
For a few weeks each year, the tool and sawdust filled, lower level of the old barn, workshop is transformed into a glowing, holiday wonderland! Jams from the farm berries, apple products, wreaths, syrups, honey, candles, Christmas decorations and ornaments fill the barn's nooks and crannies. Jack, 93 years young, still orders hundreds of seedling trees to plant each Spring. He tends each individual tree, by hand, for at least a decade, until it grows tall enough to make a perfect Christmas tree.
Jack makes jams, jelly, apple butter and apple cider in the Fall. Most any day of the year, you can find him tooling about the farm on his old Ford tractor, mowing the rows, watering baby evergreens, cutting firewood and tending to the nut trees, fruit trees and evergreens. Rudy daughters, Donna and Debby help him with farm chores, create and run the Barn Shop each year, and make wreaths and unique items to sell in the holiday craft barn. Daughter Donna, who lives at the farm, plants fir seedlings in the Spring, picks apples and chestnuts, mows the orchard, and has taken over the summer tree trimming tasks and so much more. Son Randy, who helped design and rebuild the barn from the old stone base assists with planting baby trees in the Spring, fixing broken equipment and tools, picking chestnuts and cutting/hauling trees. Debby grows hot peppers for jam and makes Hickory Syrup each year, while Donna and Randy have started collecting sap from our Sugar Maples along 849 to boil down into Maple Syrup. Alan Corson is an important part of the core family team, driving, hauling, lifting and moving heavy things, planting, cutting stumps, harvesting apples and chestnuts, bagging trees and volunteering many hours each year to tree farm tasks.
Family is important to the Rudy's. Making the Christmas Tree Farm a warm and welcoming environment for all the families who visit brings great joy to us. We look forward to greeting old friends and meeting new ones, as you visit the farm to find your perfect Christmas tree. Your well-behaved, leashed pet is also welcome.
Rudy's Christmas Tree Farm is located 7 miles west of Duncannon on Route 849/Newport Road at the intersection of Narrow Road.
Tree Farm Address: 3 Narrows Road (off Rt 849/Newport Rd at the intersection of Narrows Rd), New Bloomfield, PA
Cell: 717-580-7572; or 717-350-8909
Driving directions and a link to a Google map can be found on our Directions page.
Mailing Address: Rudy's Christmas Tree Farm, PO Box 84, Dauphin, PA 17018