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

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

Cited, general
publications and web sites of possible interest:
(The general publications and web sites that are listed are among several that were reviewed while working
on this project. Those included here are likely to be of interest to anyone who as looked at this album.)


Dietrich, R.V. 2008. Isabella's stones: Fieldstone buildings, walls, landscape accents and other uses.
http://condor.cmich,edu/u?/p1610-01coll1,3225. 176p.
. . . . . . . . . . . 2010. Straits' stones: A picture album (subtitle: Fieldstones -- bulidings and other uses).
Vol. I. Mackinac County.

Engadine Centennial: 1894-1994. 1994. Engadine MI:Centennial Committee. 324p.

Hill, G.L. 1918. The enchanted barn. New York:Grosset & Dunlap. 313p.

Kiwanis Club (St. Ignace, Mich.). 1957. Before the bridge; a history and a directory of St. Ignace and
nearby localities
(commemorating the opening of the Mackinac Bridge). St. Ignace(MI):Kiwanis
Club of St. Ignace, Mich., Inc. 270p.

Land atlas & plat book: Mackinac County, Michigan. 11th ed. n.d. (~1999). Rockford(IL):Rockford Map
Publishers, Inc. 62p.

Mackinac County, Michigan Plat Book. 2009 [Belmond(IA)]:Farm & Home Publishers, Ltd. 72p.

More Treasures found in the Limestone Barn. Life on Liberty Creek Farm. 9 December 2008,
(accessed 12 August 2011).

Mozola, A.J. 1989. U.S. Public land survey grid
in Dutro, J.T., Jr., R.V. Dietrich and R.M. Foose.
AGI Data sheets for geology in the field, laboratory, and office
(third edition). Sheet 5.1-5.2.
[Alexandria(VA):American Geological Institute]

Pickford Area Historical Sociey. 2004. Pickford patchwork: the fabric of a farming community: Barns.
Pickford(MI):the Society. 70p.

Trout Lake Women's Club. 1976. Tales & trails of Tro-La-Oz-Ken: a Bicentennial publication of the Trout
Lake Women's Club.
[Trout Lake(MI)]:the Club. 158p.

Vosper, Jim. 2001. Island boyhood: A Memoir. Miwaukee(WI):Stone Beach Books. 118p.


General publications:

Arthur, Eric and Dudley Whitney. 1972. The barn: A vanishing landmark in North Ameria.
Greenwich(CT):New York Graphic Society, Ltd. 256p.

This is a "coffee table" book and more!

Brenda. 2004. Barns of Michigan (2nd ed.). Swartz Creek(MI):Barn Door Pub. 190p.
This publication has several additional publications listed on pages 170-174.

Hartman, Lee. n.d. (1975-1988?) Michigan barns, our vanishing landmarks [subtitle: A wondrous
assortment of Barns ...]. A
Michigan Natural Resources Publication. 14p.
This is a well illustrated summary about several aspects of barns.

Ingells, Norris. 1995. That old barn: group works to preserve agricultural history. Lansing [MI] State
Journal, Aug. 1, 1995

Johnson, Evelyn. 2007.
Barns of Old Mission Peninsula and their stories (Revised edition). Traverse
City(MI):Book Marketing Solutions. 214p.
A "coffee table" book about the barns of the indicated area.

Keithan, Mary. 1999. Michigan's heritage barns. East Lansing(MI):Michigan State University Press.
A "coffee table" book of fine photographs with relatively short captions. One of the included barns (p. 41)
is identified as in Mackinac County, but otherwise not located. I have been unable to identify it as one of the barns
included in this album.

Leffingwell, Randy. 2001. Barns. St. Paul(MN):Motoe Books International. 192p.
A "coffee table" book of fine photographs with a few telling captions -- e.g., "Between technological advances
and legal requirements, a number of barns became obsolete overnight ... Farming is a business and the cost of paying workers
to put hay bales by hand into a barn ... instead of rolling the hay in plastic and leaving it in the field can mean the difference ...
between showing a profit and suffering a loss." (p.188) -- and a more or less laboring text in many places.

Lonski, Tina.
2008. Barn raising: Stories of a vanishing American legacy. Holt(MI):Essential Communications.

National Trust for Historic Preservation.
2005("Copyright ... Revised). Barn again!, Barn preservation
information handbook: A guide for individuals and organizations
Denver(CO):National trust for historic
preservation. 118p.

This book should be at least scanned by anyone interested in or working on projects dealing with barns.

Noble, A.G. and R.K. Cleek. 1995. The old barn book: A field guide to North American barns and other
farm structures (illustrations by M.M. Geib). New Brunswick(NJ):Rutgers University Press. 222p.
This book is a fine source of information, with excellent illustrations, that pertain to the nomenclature widely
applied to barns, secondary farm structures and even fencing.

Pickvet, Kate, Mark Pickvet and Robin Rainwater.
2004. A pictorial history of barns and other farm
structures in Michigan.
Salem(MA):Higginson Book Co. 342p.
People interested in barns should have this book as a ready reference -- both for the contents of
its text and its photographs. The photographs, which are black and white, include several farm buildings (etc.) other than
barns that are or once were in Michigan. For some readers, the fact that the locations of most of the barns etc. are only by
county for the lower peninsula and noted only as in the "Upper Peninsula, Michigan" will be frustrating. Had more definitive
locations been given, observers could, for example, see how the buildings have fared between the time those photographs
were taken -- also not indicated, but all certainly before 2004 -- and when more recently viewed.

Sloane, Eric. 1954. American barns and covered bridges.
New York:Funk and Wagnalls. 112p.
This book includes, among other things, fine "pen and ink?"sketches of tools used by the barn builders of the
past. One particularly interesting illustration shows a " 'PERMANENT' fastening ... made by forcing a Square Peg into a
Round Hole." (p.76)

................... 1967. An age of barns. New York:Funk and Wagnalls. 113p. [version read: 1985 reprint by
Dodd, Mead & Company, New York]
This book also includes some fine "pen and ink?" sketches, most of which depict buildings and parts thereof,
as well as a text that is well worth reviewing.

Sommer, R.L. 1997. The old barn book. New York: Barnes and Noble. 144p.
.................. 2000. The ultimate book of historic barns. San Diego(CA):Thunder Bay Press. 256p.
Two "coffee table" books.

Stier, Steve. 2000. Michigan farm and farmstead survey. Jackson(MI): Jackson Printing Company, Inc.
This well-illustrated booklet is provides guidelines for barn surveys.


Web sites: ---
Michigan Barn Preservation Network (based in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan) n.d.
--- Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey (Michigan State University
Extension/Michigan State University Museum) last updated September, 2009.
National Barn Alliance (National Barn Alliance), 2009.