Thumb Octagon Barn in Michigan

Near Gagetown, Michigan

Traveling through the Midwest this summer? Have children or grandchildren aboard?  The Thumb Octagon Barn is just the place for a stopover, and it is free.

This “is easily the most unusual barn anywhere in the region. It is the largest timber frame octagon barn in the country at 102 feet across and 70 feet high,” according to Michigan Back Roads Getaways.

The complex is a great place for kids to explore and folks of all ages to enjoy.

Looking to volunteer while you’re RVing? Check out this place.  One fulltime RVer, Rob Hendershot from Oregon, volunteered for a month while he was visiting family nearby.

“I gave tours of the barn,” he said.  “It was great fun and I met hundreds of people from around the country.”  If you can just pitch in for a day, check to see if there is room on a Monday construction crew.

“Every Monday, if conditions permit, there is an adult construction crew that works on many projects throughout the year. Adults wishing to join may contact: Louis Wehrman (989) 648-3480; or Wayne Lenton (989) 658-8283,” according to the website.

RV campgrounds nearby

Looking for a place to camp within about 15 miles, try Campers Haven Family Campground in Bad Ax, Michigan; or the Sebewaing River Campground in Sebewaing, Michigan.


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