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Friday, August 22, 2014

2014 Fall Barn Tour

From the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, information about their Fall Barn Tour:

Fall Barn Tour
The Michigan Thumb Area

Saturday, October 11, 2014

This year we are highlighting Michigan's thumb area - especially Tuscola County. We currently have five barns set to tour. This year we will have a self-drive tour, as the barns all have unique specialties, and participants may want to linger at a particular site because of personal interests. We will begin the day at the Mayville Historical Museum. There will be light refreshments, and a chance to look at the museum while folks come in to register. The cost will be $15/adult and $5/child, 12 years of age and under.  After a brief discussion about Michigan's thumb area and rules of the day, maps will be handed out as well as information about each barn and a registration sign for your car, identifying you as part of the tour.  Points of interest will also be highlighted. Lunch will be on your own.  We hope for a beautiful day - the fall colors should be at their peak!

If these outstanding barns aren't enough to whet your appetite, October 11th is also the kick-off for the Thumb Quilt Trail. Structures with large quilt block patterns painted on them will be identified on a map given out that day. These are to be enjoyed from your vehicle, as a drive-by part of the tour. This year's Fall Tour will be a full day of beautiful barns, unique stops and country driving. For those of you coming from urban areas, the biggest traffic jams we have up here is the occasional combine on the road! We hope to have a full sign-up, so register early. See you on October 11th

For questions contact Kathy Thomas at 248-881-4086.  For complete details and registration visit the MBPN website.

Gagetown, Michigan, Octagon Barn