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Historical Village Fayette Park

13700 13.25 Ln, Garden, MI 49835-9411
+1 906-789-7862
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History Presented Well

This gem is 20 minutes off Highway2 and well worth the trek. The fast and furious 20-some history... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Paul T
Grand Rapids, Michigan
via mobile
Autumn 2017 Visit

This attraction is well worth the detour from the I2. The historic site is compact although you... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Once a bustling industrial community that manufactured iron ore between 1867 and 1891, this well preserved museum village recalls what life was like in the 19th century. Costumed interpreters portray former residents to give visitors an idea of what it was like to live in this rural, wilderness town.When the woodlands to make the charcoal gave out, Fayette became a ghost town, which became the state park. Today, representations of more than 20 original buildings and kilns and a great interactive visitor center tell Fayette’s story.Daily attractions include a modern visitor center, exhibits, scheduled guided tours, 20 historic buildings, camping, picnicking, and swimming. Five miles of hiking trails wind through beech and maple hardwood forests and throughout the historic town site. The trails are groomed for cross-country skiing which circle throughout the historic town site.Fayette Historical TownsiteScuba diving is allowed in Snail Shell Harbor during certain times of the day. A fee and use permit is required for this activity so all divers may participate. All submerged artifacts are to remain in place and nothing is to be removed from the harbor bottom.Fayette Historic Townsite is located between Escanaba and Manistique, 17 miles south of U.S. 2 in Fayette Historic State Park. A Michigan State Parks Vehicle Permit is required for entrance to the park. Please allow two to three hours for your visit.To view this site in another window please click Historical Village Fayette Park.Information on Historical Village Fayette Park courtesy of the Michigan DNR.
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13700 13.25 Ln, Garden, MI 49835-9411
+1 906-789-7862
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This gem is 20 minutes off Highway2 and well worth the trek. The fast and furious 20-some history is presented exceptionally well, and the preserved buildings make the story vivid. It's easy to imagine being back there 140 years ago.

Thank Paul T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This attraction is well worth the detour from the I2. The historic site is compact although you will need to be sure footed in places. I would have marked it higher if there had been more interpretive interaction on site. It felt like a ghost...More

Thank heike0range
Reviewed 6 September 2017

If you're interested in history, labor, immigrants, and ghost towns, this is a place for you! Fayette is a ghost town that manufactured pig iron between 1867 and 1891 and when the market went bust, everyone left. Buildings were in ruins, but the historical society...More

Thank RovingReporter2016
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

Interesting history and beautiful views. Beware of navigation taking you to a dead end road. Had to go old school and break out a paper map of Michigan to find it. Well worth the visit.

2  Thank Renee S
Reviewed 16 June 2017

They were able to preserve a lot of the old buildings and a few photo's from the people that called this home. A great history lesson. It makes you appreciate what we have today...

1  Thank Nwwolverine
Reviewed 2 May 2017

Great little town full of history! We didn't have the greatest weather - it was actually pouring rain, but we decided to check it out anyway. We had the entire place to ourselves! A great place to visit and such a cool part of history....More

Thank Michelle G
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We were so pleasantly surprised at the scenery and size of the village when we walked down the hill from the visitors center. The views are spectacular (be sure to walk the loop out to the point and back). The historic buildings had good signage,...More

1  Thank jkfhope
Reviewed 3 October 2016

This site offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself, with the help of the surviving buildings, interpretive panels, a natural harbour, limestone cliffs, a small peninsula and a little of your own imagination to get a sense of a pioneer industrial community. I am in...More

Thank ilmason
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This little-known gem is a treat for history buffs!! There is a "company town" still standing for you to visit. There are informational signs telling you what the buildings were and insight into the daily life and the people. The buildings are beautiful, the grounds...More

1  Thank MarciD
Reviewed 14 September 2016

This historic site has some interesting local history and is on a beautiful spot on the Lake Michigan coast. Worth the drive down if you are in the Upper Peninsula.

Thank SKW78
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