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Flint in Genesee County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

The Heart of the Farm

The Mott Barn

 
 
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
1. The Heart of the Farm Marker
Inscription.  
This impressive barn housed Mr. Mott's registered Holstein-Friesian cows, Belgian work horses and pleasure horses. Consistent with his business practices, it was outfitted with progressive equipment and systems for those times. Hay and grain were stored in the cathedral-like loft that also included three pigeon cotes.

Life in Abundance
Mr. Mott bred and raised Holstein-Friesian cows. They provided plenty of milk and butter and many were named after family members. Pigs were kept in a separate wooden barn south of the chicken coop. Mr. Mott was especially proud of Applewood's pork. Geese, chickens and pigeons produced eggs and meat for the table, as well.

Hands of Experience
The Belgian work horses, Rose and Ruby, provided the horsepower for the farm. They pulled plows in the fields and wagons loaded with hay bound for the barn's hayloft. Several pleasure horses were also kept at Applewood for family members and friends to ride. As an accomplished rider, Mr. Mott was at home in an English or Western saddle.
 
Location. 43° 1.392′ 
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2. The Heart of the Farm Marker - upper left image
N, 83° 40.51′ W. Marker is in Flint, Michigan, in Genesee County. Marker can be reached from East Kearsley Street south of Walnut Street. Marker is on the Applewood Estate about 250 feet south of the East Kearsley Street (west) gate. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1400 East Kearsley Street, Flint MI 48503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Demonstration Garden (within shouting distance of this marker); Gatehouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Applewood Estate (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fun and Games (about 400 feet away); Terrace Reconstruction Project (about 600 feet away); Renewing an Old Orchard (about 700 feet away); Flint (about 700 feet away); The Rise and Fall of Gilkey Creek (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Flint.
 
Categories. AgricultureAnimals
 
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The barn, 1920's
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6. The Heart of the Farm Marker - upper far right image
Hayloft, present day
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7. The Heart of the Farm Marker - middle right image
Mr. Mott with Rose and Ruby, 1943
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Mr. Mott and his children, Harding & Elisa, 1920
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By Joel Seewald, September 28, 2019
9. The Heart of the Farm (The Mott Barn) and Marker
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on November 13, 2019. This page originally submitted on November 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan. This page has been viewed 46 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on November 13, 2019, by Joel Seewald of Madison Heights, Michigan.
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