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! Almost thirty-seven 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, 90 years old, still orders hundreds of 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, cutting firewood and tending to the nut trees, fruit trees and evergreens. Rudy daughters Donna and Debby help him by making wreaths and unique items to decorate and sell in the holiday craft barn. Daughter Donna has taken over much of the summer tree trimming 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 welcome.
Rudy's Christmas Tree Farm is located 7 miles west of Duncannon on Route 849/Newport Road at the intersection of Narrow Road.
3 Narrows Road (off Rt 849/Newport Rd at the intersection of Narrows Rd), New Bloomfield, PA
717-567-6862; 717-350-8909; 717-921-2154
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