Barns as we have known them are quickly becoming something of the past. No longer are farmers building large two storey wooden structures to house both animals and feed that they did long ago. With this in mind,  MSU Extension worked on a survey in 2003 of barns in Otsego County that was sponsored by Michigan State University and the Barn Preservation effort. Local volunteers were asked to take photos of barns in the county and write a brief description of each one. This information was then sent to MSU to be part of the state-wide survey.

A copy of the barn photos was shared with the Otsego County Historical Society. These can now be found on their web page at