Saving the past for tomorrow's future!
VISION STATEMENT: Our vision is to develop the Thumb Octagon Barn complex for the community as an agricultural museum and educational center open to individuals, families and student groups to educate and stimulate awareness of our agricultural heritage.
MISSION STATEMENT: Our mission is to maintain a volunteer group of Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn involved in the restoration and preservation of the barn complex as an educational tool preserving our rural and agricultural history for the benefit of our visitors. Fund-raising efforts have grown into annual events known around the state. The vision to preserve has grown into a plan to own and operate an historical agricultural site for the education, recreation and entertainment of the community and visitors. Currently the Friends of the Thumb Octagon Barn has nearly 800 members — many from all over the State of Michigan and around the country. Members may receive the Barn Newsletter and volunteer their time to help out if they are able. There are always work activities, festivals, gatherings and restoration upkeep that bring members together in the community. Help is always needed and appreciated. Upkeep is ongoing...
VALUES STATEMENT: As stewards of the Octagon Barn, we embrace the diversity within our organization and celebrate our many individual talents. We are committed to our visitors and have a passion for the Octagon Barn complex as an educational tool to share with the community our rural heritage. We take on big challenges, and pride ourselves on seeing them completed. We have a responsibility to hold ourselves accountable to the legacy of the Octagon Barn as it continues to grow in the future.
Teamwork & Timbers .pdf documents to download and return: 2018 Brochure 2018 Sign-up form 2018 Photo Release for Minors
Tea Party “Summer Picnic” Purdy Home at the Thumb Octagon Barn Wednesday, August 22, 2018 12:00 PM $15.00 per person-must pre-register Contact: Rose Putnam 989-444-9574 Program: Sanilac County Petroglyphs and Area State Recreation and Parks
Interested in attending next year? We are pleased to announce the 2019 School Tours will take place from Wednesday, May 8th to Friday the 10th, 2019. The theme for 2019 is TBD, but you can follow this link to register. Here’s some statistics from the 3 day event: 1,426 students…
Thank you for coming out and attending this years event. See you next year!
If you’re a vendor and would like to reserve a spot, download the form here. September 8 & 9-Fall Family Days: 2018 Theme-“The Thumb-Naturally Sweet”. Step back in time during the 23rd annual Fall Family Days. Through displays and demonstrations, the color and mood of farming in the early 1900’s…
Click here to download the brochure