WARNING: Under no circumstances should you enter this property. By doing so you risk bodily harm and/or prosecution for trespassing on private property.

Aside from the Old West, I wouldn't be surprised if Northern Michigan had more abandoned homes, farms, and buildings than any other place in the country...at least in the eastern half of the U.S.

The farmhouse and barn pictured in the gallery below is in an undisclosed Northern Michigan location, a wise move on the part of the videographer, who is attempting to protect the owner's property from vandals and trespassers. I am guessing that this person did indeed seek permission to go onto the property, but NOT into the house. The old barn was crumbling and had many openings, so the barn was no problem in capturing images. He did not go into the house, even though there were many opportunities to, and that's what leads me to believe in exchange for the permission to go onto the property and take video, he agreed to not go into the house. Good man.

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Go into Northern Michigan for yourself, and you will find a seemingly endless supply of these old dwellings, most going back to the 1800s and early 1900s. Get off the major highways and roads, take some side roads, dirt roads, trails, etc. and you will come across old homes like this...they are not uncommon.

I'm glad many of these abandoned homes are still standing as they give us a glimpse of what upper Michigan farm life was like all those many years ago. Lumber camps, mining towns, farm villages...many of which have gone by the wayside and don't exist anymore, have an old house or barn still standing, deteriorating in the woods, as a ghost of what once was.

If and when you do come across one of these, take your images from OUTSIDE and seek permission to actually enter. Many of these places are extremely dangerous, with cracked boards, holes in the floors that could give way, protruding rusty nails, rattlesnakes, lots of poison ivy and other toxic plants, broken glass, rotted stairs, black mold, etc.

Use your common sense, and seek permission to avoid being prosecuted, as many trespassers have already found out (owners will tell you if the structure is too dangerous to enter).

Now take a look at the gallery below.

Abandoned Farmhouse & Barn in Northern Michigan


Abandoned Prestolite Factory, Bay City

Abandoned Houses in the Michigan Thumb

Abandoned Maiden Lane Bridge

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