Ina Duley Ogdon Home

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    At times a local group does provide historic tours of this home, if you are interested in getting involved with that please feel free to contact me. In addition they also need help outside in the yard to keep the property maintained.  My email is [email protected]

Some of our history:

 Story published 8/15/2008 A House With A History by Danielle Portteus

There will be a township meeting held at the Bedford Township Hall on August 19, 2008 at 7:00 PM. The address is 8100 Jackman Rd Temperance, MI 48182. We urge you to voice your concerns for this property by either attending the meeting, writing to your local officials or calling the township hall directly at 734) 847-6791.

 August 19, 2008 Trudy Urbani and Melissa Archibald were on the local cable station for the Township meeting. Trudy Urbani presented our plight to the Township and it went very well. They are interested in the preservation of the cabin. At present the property has not come up for sale but will in the near future. The Township will talk about a motion to support this at a later date.  We will continue our campaign to preserve this property until the fate of the house has been determined. Township Meeting Minutes  (The Township Board agreed to create a resolution in support of the preservation of the home)

August 22, 2008, The Blade has requested to do a story on "The Old House" We will meet next week. I understand that the Bedford Press is also interested in doing a story. I will be calling them soon.

August 25, 2008, The Bedford Press interviewed me for a story about "The Old House".

August 27, 2008, The Blade did a photo shoot of the "Old House" with Trudy Urbani and Melissa Archibald holding a sign that Ina Duley Ogdon placed on the home when it became 100 years old.

August 29th, 2008, The Bedford Press published a very nice article on Ina Duley Ogdon. It was written by Jackie Giroux and can be found in Volume 23, No. 18.

Harley Barnette the current owner of the Ina Duley Ogdon Home passed away August 15th 2008, our thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

September 4, 2008, The Blade ran an article today on the home. The Article can be found here.  I think that it is important to note that they made a huge error and posted that Rhodes Barnette passed away. Rhodes Barnette did not pass away, his father Harley Barnette did.  Trudy wrote to the paper and asked them to fix this huge error.

January 2009, The Ina Duley Ogdon home is for sale. The story about Ina Duley Ogdons home also made the local paper as one of the top 10 stories of 2008.  For more information on the sale of the cabin please visit the links on page one of this website.  "Save The Ina Duley Ogdon Home"  Historic Properties

March 2009, The home was listed in the March/April Issue of the "Old House Journal"

March 20, 2009, An appraisal of the home said it should be torn down. Rumor has it that some good news may be coming this week. I'll update you when I know more.

April 2009, Melissa Archibald arranged to meet with Deb Odette the field representative for the Michigan Preservation Network and she gave us a great deal of ideas and support. We had a chance to talk with Walt Wilburn at the township and he is supporting our efforts and does think the board will do the same. We also spoke to Bob Shockman who felt the same way.

May 9, 2009, Melissa Archibald had a photo shoot at the cabin today for the National Trust program "This Place Matters" we will be updating the story of Ina Duley Ogdon on the National website to promote our cause.

May 13, 2009, Received an Email from the Blade and they may want to do a story, I will be contacting them 5/14/09.  

May 15, 2009, The Bedford Now did a story on our photo shoot. The paper comes out Friday and will be added to theBedford Now Website.  


May 17, 2009, We have a structural engineer coming to go through the home. She is on the board of directors for the Michigan Preservation network and specializes in historic restoration.   Cheryl L. Early, P.E. Structural Engineer came to the cabin and went through it. There is much work to be done but she feels that it is all possible to do.

June 7th, 2009, Bess Hudson local photographer takes unique photos of the cabin.  

June 18th 2009 we were featured in the Huron Daily Tribune. Click here 

 This story stated the Historical Society of Bedford was working on the home, this was an error made by the paper. The Society is not working on this project.

 June 17, 2009, The Monroe Evening News mentions the Ina Duley Ogdon Home.

June 20, 2009, The Bedford Now mentions the Ina Duley Ogdon Home.

June 26, 2009, Rebecca Regnier from Channel 13 News did a story on the Ina Duley Ogdon Home.

June 30, 2009, Bess Hudson select cabin photos are now for sale and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the house.

July 3rd, 2009, The Cash Sisters from One Bright Corner both write a feature article for the website.

Latest news April 6, 2010

The Ina Duley Ogdon home was sold to a good Samaritan who wanted to prevent the cabin from being torn down. He had recently learned that the owners had planned to donate the cabin section of the home to anyone willing to move it and restore it. He has graciously stepped in and purchased the home to prevent that from happening. I still intend on helping him do what ever I can to restore this old house and would encourage anyone in the community to do the same. Please contact me at[email protected] if you are willing to donate your time, services or material for the restoration of the home.


Thanks to the Sweet Adelines who recently recorded Brighten The Corner Where You Are for us.  

 August 27, 2010, A special Thanks to the Earth Science Foundation (Jim Johns) for coming out to the cabin today.

We are also looking for holiday decorations for Christmas so we can have tours. If you want to get involved please email Melissa at [email protected]

July 2011-The Bedford Now and Bedford Press featured the old home for Bedfords 175th celebration.

 We had the cabin open for tours the first part of July 2011 and it was a great success. We had over 400 people come through the cabin. 



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