Pig House Turned Party Barn

An old swine shelter finds new life as a gathering spot for family and friends.


Family heirlooms adorn the Party Barn, including registers from the original farmhouse, an old radio and telephone (middle), and a hen roost for displaying treasured items (bottom).
Photo by Becky Hunt


Photo by Becky Hunt


Photo by Becky Hunt

For the past 10 years, our family has celebrated birthdays, hosted family reunions, and created memories in an old pig house that’s been transformed into a gathering space we’ve dubbed the “Party Barn.” It’s a cozy venue, no matter the weather — on a rainy Sunday afternoon, there’s no better place to be than in the Party Barn, listening to the rain pound on the tin roof.

 The Party Barn sits on our family farm in Charlotte, Michigan. The farmhouse and barn were built around 1900 by our grandparents, William and Edith Schrader. My mother was a little girl when they built the farmhouse, and the pig house was in use when my father was a farmer, between 1945 and 1990. Now, my sister, Sharon Adams, and her husband, Larry, own the farm. We’re all thankful to continue spending time on the property, because they’ve lovingly restored the house, the barn, and the outbuildings that frame our childhood memories. My parents would be shocked and amazed to find out we spend more time in the Party Barn than we do in the house during the lazy days of summer.


Photo by Becky Hunt

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