4581 Farrell Rd.
Dexter, MI

Nestled in picturesque Webster Township, Cottonwood Barn is situated on five scenic acres in north central Washtenaw County. It is located at 4581 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.

Purchased by Dan and Laura Waitz in 2012, Cottonwood Barn and its grounds are being lovingly renovated and restored. Combining Dan’s barn restoration devotion, Laura’s design passion, and their family barn renovation experience, the beauty and character of this local historical landmark will be renewed.

Cottonwood Barn boasts 3600 square feet, in which a customized event can be planned. The original rustic beauty of the Barn will be preserved and decorated with a modern sense of style. Sophisticated chandeliers that hang from soaring wood beamed ceilings will illuminate the dining area, bar location, and dance floor. Private room is available for the bridal
party to prepare. External open-air patio/dance floor and adjacent covered areas are available for larger parties – no tents needed.

Outdoor amenities include winding pathways, a charmingly restored silo, flowering gardens, a serene pond accented with Weeping Willow trees, a quaint pond house – each provides a unique and scenic setting for pictures. Ample parking is on-site, with a parking lot attendant available. Other buildings of interest in this historic district are – Webster Church, which has been in continuous use since 1834 and is the oldest continuously occupied church in Washtenaw County, The Community House, The Old Township Hall, Church School House, and the Wheeler Wheelwright & Blacksmith Shop.

Customize your event for friends and family by selecting and supplying your own caterer and beverages. Visit our ‘Partners’ Link for a list of recommended vendors and hotels. If you are interested in scheduling an event at our venue, we would love to discuss date availability and the details of your special day with you – We preserve timeless memories. We look forward to making more with you at historic, unique, and beautiful Cottonwood Barn.

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