2018 Spring Barn Tours2018-03-21T01:40:15+00:00

2018 Spring Barn Tour Teaser    

Old Barns—New Lives . . . a look at working barns

Come join us in St. Johns, Michigan on May 4 for our 2018 Spring Barn Tour. It’s a great time to meet new friends and join up with the Michigan Barn Preservation Network and see up close some local barns.

And, if you are wondering how to fix up your barn you can get plenty of ideas on our barn tour.  Many old barns have the same problem areas and you can talk to builders and barn owners who have solved these problems.

We will leave from the Agro Culture Liquid Fertilizers World Headquarters in St. Johns and visit nine barns at seven different locations. We’ll even provide lunch. You can register now for the tour here.

Here is a quick preview of the barns we’ll see:

Thelen Barn    

Lee Thelen added fertilizer and machinery storage while maintaining a traditional look for his farmstead. Another barn, a new gambrel barn, replicates the traditional look and access for fertilizer storage. More.



Klein Barn    

See our June calendar barn in person.  This barn, built in 1946 to replace a barn destroyed by fire, used lumber cut from the farm’s woodlot. The barn was raised in the traditional manner. More.



Pat Feldpausch Farms

Pat Feldpausch added new siding and windows to an existing barn to build a bird proof parts storage for this 3,000-acre farm. The cost of the rebuild was about the same as a new pole structure, but the results are a piece of “eye candy” for the entire neighborhood. More.

Irrer Barn    

The barn at the home of MBPN Treasurer Tom Irrer has a 25 foot-high door and is used to store dry fertilizer for this mint farm. The mint production process will be explained. More.



Old Red Mill Pavilion

This historic structure began life as a cooperative grain elevator and was restored for a community farmers’ market.  Adjoining this a new timber frame pavilion built in 2015 with volunteers of the Timber Framers Guild was needed as the market outgrew the original space. More.



The Spitzley Barn

The Spitzley barn is dedicated to the gathering of family and friends and will serve as our lunch stop.  Antiques abound in this barn. More.



Ready to go touring with us this year? We hope so. You can register here for the tour, and the conference, too.

The new MBPN website

The movie "The Barn Raisers" premiered in Iowa in February, 2017. MBPN was a contributor and participant in this documentary by Fourth Wall Films. The film will debut in Michigan on Feb. 24 at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen farm. MBPN will feature the movie at our annual meeting on May 6, 2017.