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Posted on Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 4 p.m.

Historic barns in Salem Township to come down

By Kody Klein

Two historic barns in Salem Township will be dismantled plank-by-plank this winter, according to a story in the South Lyon Herald.

The barns, located on 7 Mile and Angle roads in the northeast corner of Washtenaw County, originally were built in 1850.

Linda Dowsett, who bought the property from her parents in 1974, told the Herald the barns are the second oldest in the county.

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Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 1:13 p.m.

It's more of an eyesore actually. Big holes.... tilting ... very rundown. There are hundreds of well kept "class-act" barns scattered out in the countryside west of Ann Arbor.


Sun, Feb 3, 2013 : 3:20 a.m.

I wouldn't say "hundreds". Maybe a few dozen.


Sat, Feb 2, 2013 : 12:43 p.m.

I grew up on a farm and years after the farm was sold my siblings and I would drive by the farm to look it over whenever we went back home. It was incredibly sad when the cupola blew off in a storm and wasn't repaired which let in rain eventually leading to the barn collapsing. Oh, the memories of playing in the barn as a child and admiring the architecture as an adult. It was such a shame my childhood barn was left to rot and couldn't have been saved even if to live on as beautiful recycled barn wood. Kudos to Linda Dowsett for preserving the barns as best she can.

Vivienne Armentrout

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:26 p.m.

Readers might like to see the book by Hemalata Dandekar, "Michigan Family Farms and Farm Buildings: Landscapes of the Heart and Mind" from the UM Press Hema Dandekar was a prof at the UM for years and this is a result of studies she did years ago of Michigan farms, including many near here. (Table of Contents mentions the Lutz, Raab, and Wing farms.) She studied the architecture of barns but also interviewed family members and recorded a lot of history and the way the family interacted with their historic farm buildings.

Linda Peck

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:02 p.m.

This barn wood will be a nice opportunity for a re-use for someone. It is lovely stuff if it is still good enough to use.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

She may be getting a raw deal from the contractor insofar as old barn wood is quite valuable. If i were her, i'd see if some money could be made, not just an even exchange.


Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 9:43 p.m.

The old Hunton Barn on 8 mile Needs to COME down Before someone is hurt

Kody Klein

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:05 p.m.

It seems like safety was a factor leading to the decision to dismantle this one as well, given that kids had been exploring the barn.

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Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 9:29 p.m.



Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 9:18 p.m.

It's a difficult decision but the right one. If you can't afford to keep a good roof on a barn and keep the foundation in good repair it is doomed. Barns that are no longer in use are an expensive thing to maintain. When my niece was young I suggested to my brother that he point out all the beautiful barns because they were fast disappearing from the landscape. When my father came to Michigan he was a farmhand on many local farms in this area. I have his diary where he talks about that time back in the 30's and forties when farms were plentiful.

Kody Klein

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:08 p.m.

*woman (pardon the typo)

Kody Klein

Fri, Feb 1, 2013 : 10:07 p.m.

The Herald's article really captured how much this barn meant to this women. There seems to be a lot of sentimentality.