Earlier in August 2013, Life Scout Patrick Wagoner, age 16, arrived with a crew of 10 to work on the footings, piers, and floor for a historically reconstructed barn at McGulpin Point Lighthouse.
The barn will replicate the original 16′ by 24′ cow and horse barn. After digging 12 holes 42 inches deep to begin the project, the crew of scout workers then poured footings and set rebar over the long weekend of August 9-11. They returned Aug. 23-25 to pour the 12 piers that will support the floor. They built wooden frames for the concrete, installed rebar re-enforcements, and then poured the 12 pillars using a total of 4.5 tons of dry concrete mix (pictured below). The pillars will dry over winter and in the spring the boys will return to build the floor of the barn.
This will be the third Boy Scout project by Boy Scout Troop 4 of Ann Arbor at the lighthouse.
McGulpin Point Lighthouse is open daily through the end of September and weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. There is no charge to enter the lighthouse.