ABANDONED MICHIGAN: Exploring Old Farmhouses
Exploring old abandoned farm houses can be fun, educational, exhilarating.....and dangerous.
There are THOUSANDS of abandoned, deserted old farm houses throughout the entire state of Michigan. Exploring through some of these can be quite educational to see how farmers and their families lived decades, or even over 100 years, ago.
These old relics may be crumbling, rotting away, deteriorating, and dangerous, but they are historic no matter what. It's a shame many of them cannot be saved and restored...but still they stand, most of them uninhabitable.
I'm sure in your travels you've come across an old house tucked back in the woods or just off the side of the road within the underbrush. If you do get the nerve to explore one of these you'll need to know a few things.
1) Always look for "No Trespassing" signs. If there are any, don't enter. Duh.
2) If you are legally able to explore, keep in mind the dangers:
a) ROTTED FLOORS
b) ROTTED ROOFS & CEILINGS
c) BARE ELECTRIC WIRES
d) BROKEN GLASS
e) ROTTED STAIRS
f) RATS & WILD ANIMALS MAY INHABIT
g) RUSTY NAILS AND METALS
h) CRUMBLING FOUNDATIONS
i) UNSEEN HOLES AROUND THE OUTSIDE (wells, etc.)
3) Abandoned houses do NOT necessarily mean they're 'haunted.'
4) Always have someone with you in case of accidents.
5) Don't be a moron by vandalizing or spraying graffiti.
If you come across an old house in the country - and I'm sure you will - and you get the urge to explore, keep in mind the dangers and proper procedure. If there isn't a "No Trespassing" sign and there is a neighbor house closeby, the best thing to do is to ask the neighbor if anyone owns the property so you can get permission to explore.
The farther north you go in Michigan, many of the abandoned farm houses are isolated and may not be owned, especially in the Upper Peninsula. Always use common sense when visiting ANY abandoned, deserted or "haunted" place in Michigan. It can be a heckuva lotta fun, but use your brain to avoid any problem, accident or conflict.
That being said, check out the exploration photos below of three old farmhouses a little ways north in Michigan!