The 160 acre farm was homesteaded in 1897 by Lewis G. and Mary E. Young. The log granary located on the farm was built when Lewis G. Young lived on the farm prior to 1904.
In 1904 John and Jennie Bos purchased the farm when the Manhattan Malting Company and the West Gallatin Irrigation Company encouraged and sponsored the Dutch to come to Montana. In 1945 son Peter and Jane Bos purchased the farm, which was then sold to daughter Rose (Bos) and John Brouwer in 1982.
Around 1908 John Bos built the barn, blacksmith shop, chicken coop, brooder coop, and hog house along with a cook house, which was moved to another Bos farm. All of the remaining buildings that John Bos built circa 1908 are still in use today for livestock or other farm use. Throughout the years livestock on the farm included hogs, sheep, beef and dairy cattle, horses, and chickens. Crops that have been grown on the farm are alfalfa, grain, and peas.
Both levels of the west roof were reinforced where needed and new shakes put on in the summer of 2011.
The shakes for the east side were delivered in March of 2019.
We had a very experienced team for this April 2020 roof project. They even built their own scaffolding for the higher level of the roof.
While safely harnessed in, the team added a ridge cap all along the top joining the east and west sides of the roof.
Restoration and maintenance of older buildings is an overwhelming expense. Thank you for supporting Montana Corn Maze and helping us to maintain this barn's history and continued story.