Migrant Workers’ Housing, ca. 1950
Submitted on 5/21/13Previous Blog Item
Sometime in the early 1950s DeYoungs apparently moved their summer migrant pickers from the quarters in the Upper Barn to this new structure. Older, cast-off hardware, once popular in the 1880s, is found on some of the doors in the structure.
This cement block structure with a concrete foundation included separate rooms that presumably accommodated migrant workers’ families. Each has its own entrance.. The building appears to have been wired for electricity with exposed wiring running to steel boxes housing electrical plugs. No evidence of conduit remains, and the roof and interior walls are now gone.
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For the love of this place: Interpreting the Campbell-DeYoung Farmstead is made possible in part by a grant from Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities