Barn Tours


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Barn Tour

Save this fall weekend for a Northeast Michigan Barn Tour…

Oct. 14 & 15, 2022

We’re planning an all-day bus barn tour on Saturday (10/15) with Alpena as the base.

Tentative plans for Friday evening (10/14) include a reception “Meet & Greet” at the Alpena Public Library and a showing and discussion of THE BARN RAISERS movie.

Stay tuned for more information.

Barn Tours – A MBPN Tradition

Want to travel the countryside and see Michigan barns up close? Join up with the Michigan Barn Preservation Network for a day of touring with fellow barn enthusiasts and visit with owners at the featured sites.

You’ll learn about barn styles and architecture, timber framing and other traditional construction methods as we explore the current use of old barns and the potential for saving or repurposing old structures.

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

MBPN membership gives you priority registration for barn bus tours.

2021 – Hadley Farm Hop (Self-driving tour on Sept. 25 hosted by Hadley Historical Society)

2020 and Beyond – Fall Color Tour in Michigan’s Thumb (This anytime, self-driving tour with the Map-N-Tour app as your guide features 12 rural sites — working, quilt and art barns as well as museums and a farmers market. Get the Map-N-Tour app free from Google Play or the App Store.)

2019 – Spring Barn Tour in Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor-based bus tour)

2018 – Spring Barn Tour in Mid-Michigan  (Bus tour in Clinton and Ionia Counties)

2019 Spring Barn Tour in Washtenaw County. (Photo by Jason Miller)