2022 School Tours

It’s official, School Tours 2022 at the Thumb Octagon Barn & Agricultural Museum are a go!  After a two year break due to COVID-19, we are are looking forward to having the students, teachers and parents/chaperones back this year.  This year’s theme is “The House/The Home – 100 Years Old!”

New to the School Tours Event?  Check out this overview with more details of what to expect for 2022.  Click here to download.

School Tours 2022 are scheduled for Wednesday, May 11th, Thursday, May 12, and Friday, May 13th, 2022!  Mark your calendars/planners.  This is a unique educational learning experience for preschool through eighth grade students.   Volunteers:  we are looking for your return as well and bring your friends to help!

In 2022, highlighted will be the James and Cora Purdy house. It has been 100 years since the eleven room, seven bedroom house was completed. The Purdy family stayed for the first time in their newly built house on May 19, 1922. In Cora’s diary entry from May 19th, 1922, she wrote:  “ First nights lodging in our new home, all rested well.”

Stay in touch with what’s happening at the Barn throughout the year via the website and/or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.  Feel free to share this information.  Make sure to check out our resources ‘For Students’ here.

Thumb Octagon Barn School Tours Committee
Diane Rapson Gabil, chairperson



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Want to see more of what it is all about?  Here’s the 2019 wrap-up.  This video will give you an idea of what goes on at School Tours. Special thanks to Tyler Leipprandt from Michigan Sky Media.






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