Michigan Barn & Farmstead Survey

Identifying historic and cultural resources is the first step toward preservation.

The Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey provides a community-service opportunity for adults and youths to learn about architectural survey methods and participate in the process of preserving agricultural buildings. Project goals are to:

  • document traditional barns and farmsteads regionally, adding to local knowledge
  • contribute to a statewide database as a resource for future research
  • engage youth in documenting area heritage

MBPN board members work with communities to organize and plan for surveys and help train teams. Please contact us for more information.

The MSU Museum hosts the online database of survey results. See michiganbarns.org for access to the database and for training.


MBPN is partnering with Barrett Insurance (Jonesville) in a 5-county South Central Michigan survey. Download the flier for information and contacts. Visit the Barrett Insurance website for survey details.

Survey Teams in Action


A number of volunteers, primarily from the Oakland Township Historical Society, began their project in 2002 and surveyed over 80 barns. Their results are hosted in the MSU database.

Future surveys will be conducted from the road, and the resulting documentation
will be completed as conditions allow.