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Thumb Octagon Barn Being Transformed Into Agricultural Museum by 'Friends'

Historic Eight-Sided Structure in Huron County Hopes to Increase Tourism

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By: Dave Rogers

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Thumb Octagon Barn is an icon of our agricultural past
 
Volunteer caretakers Betty Armstead, left, of Cass City, and Rita Maxfield, of Attica, provide security at the unusual barn near Gagetown.

Looming above the vastness of the cornfields of Huron County is one of the most unusual structures in the state: the Thumb Octagon Barn.

In the cool interior of the huge barn sit Betty Armstead and Rita Maxfield. "We're security," they proclaim in unison. "Kids used to drive in and shut the doors and play loud music and leave cigarette butts."

The pair have been volunteering since 1999 to secure the amazing place, with help from Rita's husband, Roy, who scoots about on a tractor doing the chores needed to keep a farm in order.

Roy climbs down off the tractor and wipes off the sweat created just from being in the sun in an 80 degree plus day, and smiles. "We're doing our part," he says. Nearby are some camping trailers where the. . . . .
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