There’s Something Special About These 10 Michigan Farms From The Past

Michigan during and immediately following the Great Depression was a period of tremendous transition. On one side, the state was establishing itself as a manufacturing powerhouse. On the other, many Michigan families were living in extreme poverty, toiling the soils of the state’s agriculture industry. It was a meager means of self-reliance. And, as photographed by photographer John Vachon, for a project that looked at the struggles of families during that period, created by order of then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt, we can see how families lived in rural Michigan.

We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:

Quite a set of photographs, huh? Kind of makes you appreciate all the modern luxuries we enjoy today. Tell us about life on the farm, back in 1930s and ’40s Michigan. We would be intrigued by the stories you have to tell.