Be a part of the history of Maybury Farm... and a part of the future!
The white farmhouse at Maybury Farm is a long-standing piece of Northville history. Built in the mid-1800s by the Blackwood family, it became home to Dr. Walin who was one of the first physicians in the developing city of Northville. The Walin family worked a 220-acre farm named "The Maples" for over 30 years. When the farm was sold to the City of Detroit to be part of the Maybury Sanitorium, the farmhouse was home to the farmers who worked the land to produce food for the patients struggling to recover from tuberculosis. Mr. Maybury, the designer of the sanitorium, often stayed at the farmhouse and after being diagnosed with a terminal case of tuberculosis, chose to spend his final days at Maybury Farm in the farmhouse that had been his second home. When the land became part of Maybury State Park, the farmhouse again housed farmers who worked the land as a way to educate the community about the history of farming in the Northville Community. Today the farmhouse is part of the property the Northville Community Foundation leases from the State and has great potential as a vital piece of educational and administrative infrastructure.
The Farmhouse Fundraiser provides an opportunity to
help with the renovation of the farmhouse. Our goal is to
make it functional for office, meeting and educational
space for staff, volunteers and the children and families
who visit the Farm. It is also important to us to maintain
and, in some cases, restore the historical features of home.
The farmhouse was in disuse from 2007 to 2017 so it is in
need of many repairs and a lot of TLC but it is structurally
sound and ready for renovation. In the spring of 2018,
when the Farmhouse Fundraiser began, there was no
office space or year-round heated or plumbed buildings at
the Farm making it very difficult for staff and volunteers
who administer the many programs of the Farm and care
for the animals throughout the winter months. The farmhouse was and is the most economical way to provide for these much-needed spaces while also maintaining a vital piece of community history. The total cost of the renovation is estimated at $90,000 which is our fundraising goal!
As of February 2019, $68,411 has been raised and spent on the renovation. Though there hasn't been much visible work done to the exterior, the interior of the farmhouse has been transformed into a safe, warm, and functional office, meeting, and volunteer space. In fact, the farmhouse was used for most of the 2018 season and has been extraordinarily beneficial to the Maybury Farm staff and volunteers who are dedicated to serving the community at the Farm.
While we are 76% to our goal of $90,000 and a great deal of work has been completed, there is still more to be done to complete the project. Most crucially the addition of a metal roof and the repainting of the exterior. We are gratefully accepting donations of any amount or you can choose to donate toward a specific project. Please know that no amount is too small (or too large!) to give toward this important project. Please consider this opportunity to "Grow With Us" and help fulfill our mission to connect the community to animals and agriculture through engaging and educational hands-on experiences at Maybury Farm. Than you in advance for your support!
The Maybury Farmhouse
Click through the photos below to see what the farmhouse looked like before this project began as well as current photos that show the progress that has been made in the last year! To see a list of the work that has so far been completed, click here.
Farmhouse Fundraiser Opportunities
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Make a donation of any amount that will go toward the general renovation costs of the Farmhouse
OR DONATE FUNDS FOR A SPECIFIC RENOVATION PROJECT:
Replace current roof with metal galvanized panel roof that is historically correct and will have a lifespan of 40-50 years
Preparation of farmhouse exterior for painting: powerwashing, scraping, sanding, and wood siding repair
Repaint the entire exterior of farmhouse including trim, doors, front porch using premium grade acrylic latex
Paint touch-ups throughout the farmhouse to include caulk, light sanding, and trim work, and painting the stairs to the second floor
Replace kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room flooring.
Update the Summer Kitchen at the rear of the home to help restore the historical feel of the home. This new kitchen will include the installation of
an antique stove that was donated to Maybury Farm in 2018.
Outfit the new Volunteer Room in the farmhouse with furniture, a
mini-fridge, lockers and other supplies for volunteers working at the Farm
Northville Community Foundation and Maybury Farm would like to thank the following
individuals or companies that have contributed to the repairs and updates:
C.L. Finlan & Son, Inc.
Community Financial Credit Union
Judith A. Fisher
Ford Motor Company
Meads Mill Middle School
Monroe Bank & Trust
Northville Community Foundation
Northville Twp. Fire Department
Sievert Family Foundation
Jill & Bruce Slater
Julie Van Ameyde
Jonathan Vander Laan