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TTM raised the roof on this one!  Hand-painted lettering by TTM.

Farm History:

Nestled in picturesque Webster Township, Cottonwood Barn is situated on five scenic acres in north central Washtenaw County. It is located at 4569 Farrell Rd., near the heart of historic ‘Webster Corners’. Cottonwood Farm was once part of the Williams family’s 640 acres purchased in 1828. The original family Modified Greek Revival Home built in 1829 still stands today (across the street from the Barn) and is on the National Register. It was in this house in 1833 that the township was formally organized. The Williams family continued to own and operate the farm for several generations, losing ownership in the 1930s Great Depression.

In 1937, the farm was purchased by Walter and May (Kleinschmidt) Mast. Cottonwood Farm became a private equestrian school, providing young girls an opportunity to experience farm life. During summer camp season, up to 60 girls occupied the cabins and 50 horses were stabled – one for every girl. Besides being the owner and director of the camp, ‘Aunt May’ Mast was active in the community until her death in 1999, at age 96. Her artistic works (poetry and paintings, including scenes on her farm buildings) contributed to making Webster Corners a memorable location. Images of May Mast’s murals on Cottonwood Barn (which depicted her farm life childhood memories) have been photographed and reside inside the Barn.

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