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Historical Village Fayette Park

13700 13.25 Ln, Garden, MI 49835-9411
+1 906-789-7862
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Absolutely a must see

My husband and I traveled to Fayette on our sailboat. It was our first time to visit the park and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Susan K
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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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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 22 October 2017
Paul T
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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband and I traveled to Fayette on our sailboat. It was our first time to visit the park and we weren’t exactly sure what to expect. We were over whelmed by the beautiful and peacefulness of the area! The docks are new and provide...More

Thank Susan K
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Reviewed 22 October 2017 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
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Reviewed 9 October 2017

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

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Reviewed 7 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

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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.

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Reviewed 17 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 Floyd B
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Reviewed 3 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
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Reviewed 8 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
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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
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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
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