Purposes of the Barn and Farmstead Survey
*Identify and document rural buildings and farmsteads that contributed significantly to the unique character of a community or illustrate its agricultural development.
*Heighten awareness of the rapid decline of traditional farm buildings as a first step toward the development of a preservation plan.
*Help participants and others in the community gain a greater appreciation for the value of agricultural structures and the heritage they represent.
*Create a standard nomenclature that describes and classifies historic vernacular agricultural structures.
*Put into use a method of field documentation for agricultural vernacular structures that can be replicated throughout Michigan.
*Establish a database of information about Michigan agricultural buildings.
Michigan Barn and Farmstead Survey Manual