Barns of Mackinac County, Michigan
135 Barns plus a few "extras"

R.V. ("Dick") Dietrich
Professor emeritus C.M.U.

Hendricks Township

He3. (south of Kenyon Rd.; NE¼ sec.8, T.42N.-R.7W.)  

            This building, apparently built in the late 1800s or early 1900s when the area was a resort, is thought to have served mainly as a carriage house that housed horses as well as a carriage and accoutrements.  This use is supported by the general layout:  The front of the building, with the two large doors, would have been where the carriage(s), harnesses, etc. were kept;   the back, which has a loft area above it, would have housed the horses and perhaps even a cow or two at one or more times in the past.  These assumptions, if correct, would mean that it was a barn, albeit not a typical farm barn.  

            As can be seen in the main photograph, the two relatively large doors of the front part are now beside three large windows.  The "shingles" in the gable area are said to be original and to be shakes rather than shingles. The lower composite shows:  Left, the arrangement of the logs, joined by notching, on one of the corners;  Center, a side of the building that includes two different sized windows and their quite different "shutters";  [and]  Right,  part of one of the beams,  parts of two purlins and three rafters, etc. that are exposed on the inside of the front section of this structure.  

            During the last several years, this building has been converted into a living quarters.  While being shown through it, I couldn't help but recall Grace Livingston Hill's book "The Enchanted Barn," one of my favorite books as a "kid," during the Depression.



He1. (north of Epoufette Bay Rd.; SW¼ sec.3 (barn), with parts of sections 4 & 9 included in painting,  T.42N.-R.7W.)  Extra no. 11:  

            This former barn was on the west side of Dishaw Rd. -- i.e., to the right in the painting.  It was apparently built in the early 1900s and owned by John R. McLeod, who lived in the two-story house in the foreground. The road, now abandoned, extended from the level of Rte. 2 downward to the lowland beside Epoufette Bay.  Virtually nothing is known about the use of the barn.  It may be significant that an animal is shown in the fenced-in area across the road.

            The upper illustration, a cropped photograph, now in the collection of Kellie Nightlinger, shows the barn that appears to be the one depicted near lower right corner of painting. This painting (~20 x 30 inches), the "Fishing Village of Lake Michigan" is by the well-known artist, Adolf Dehn (1895-1968). It is on the wall of the third-floor Court Room at the County Courthouse in St. Ignace.