The Michigan Barn Preservation Network

In the fall of 1995, a group met to determine the feasibility of establishing an organization that would give a collective voice to citizens with the common interest in the preservation of barns, farmsteads, and the rural community. The resulting Michigan Barn Preservation Network was incorporated in 1995 with a mission "to promote appreciation and preservation of Michigan's barns, farmsteads, and rural communities."

The Survey

With this Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey Manual, you and your group can add significantly to our knowledge and under-standing of barns and farmsteads in Michigan. It is our wish that participants, young and old alike, will develop a deeper appreciation of traditional farm buildings and the rich agricultural and community heritage they represent.