Welcome to the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, a volunteer-based, statewide nonprofit dedicated to promoting appreciation, preservation, and rehabilitation of Michigan barns, farmsteads, and rural communities.

We are committed to the rehabilitation of barns for agricultural, commercial, public, and residential uses. Adapted re-use is a significant strategy for barn preservation – all structures need a reason for being.

Conference Highlights

The 24th Annual MBPN Conference was held May 31- June 1, 2019 in the Ann Arbor area.

Chuck Bultman leads barn tour in Washtenaw County.

Guest speakers discuss plans to preserve old barns in new settings.

Awards chair Keith Anderson congratulates 2019 Barn of the Year honorees.

2019 Barn of the Year Winners

The Barn of the Year Award seeks to capture the public’s attention by recognizing barns that have been saved and inspire others to become barn stewards.

Winners in three categories were announced at the MBPN Annual Conference on June 1:

Restored barn at Mt. Bruce Farm in Romeo, Mich. attests to the quality of its original craftsmanship and the stewardship of current owner.

Mt. Bruce Barn

Category: Continuing Agricultural Use

Location: Romeo (Macomb County) in Southeast Michigan

Owner: Peter Uhlianuk

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Prairie Bells Barn in Belding, Mich. gets new life as wedding and special events venue.

Prairie Bells Barn

Category: Adaptive Use – Privately Owned

Location: Belding (Ionia County) in West Michigan

Owners: Jim and Julia DeYoung

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Samels Family Heritage Society maintains “living history” farm near Traverse City, Mich.

Samels Barn

Category: Adaptive Use – Non-Profit

Location: Williamsburg (Grand Traverse County) in Northern Michigan

Owner: Samels Family Heritage Society

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“Barns symbolize positive qualities of American character: strength, honesty, endurance, security and family stability. They remind us of our heritage and help tell the story of rural life. They serve as landmarks while fulfilling the purpose for which they were originally designed, housing agricultural products and animals. With maintenance and some adaptations, they can serve us well for many years to come.”

Michigan Barn Preservation Network is a member of:

 Michigan Historic Preservation Network (MHPN)
– National Trust for Historic Preservation
National Barn Alliance (NBA)

MBPN fosters the sharing of barn experiences and resources with this website and through educational events, recognition programs, connections and collaboration.

Mission: Promoting Appreciation, Preservation and Rehabilitation of Michigan Barns, Farmsteads and Rural Communities since 1995.