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Historical Village Fayette Park

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Address: 13700 13.25 Ln, Garden, MI 49835-9411
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+1 906-789-7862

Once a bustling industrial community that manufactured iron ore between...

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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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... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Michelle G
Detroit, Michigan
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Detroit, Michigan
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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. We will definitely go back a second time (with better weather!)

Thank Michelle G
West Michigan
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53 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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, so that you could understand what they were without the help of interpretive staff. Our... More 

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Mooretown, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 complete agreement with the favourable comments made by previous visitors. I am in awe of... 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 are very well kept and clean. If you have a state park pass, it's FREE.... More 

Thank MarciD
Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 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
Fort Wayne, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

Traveling thru the UP with two ten year olds and this was on our list to visit. The MI Passport gets you in. We walked around, took our time reading the info, visited most of the buildings, discussed with the girls the workings of a company town. On our walk in the woods, found a unique tree to snap a... More 

Thank Kathy L
Appomattox, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2016

This company town is well worth the scenic drive out onto Garden Peninsula. It tells the story of how the Industrial Age began. It offers insight into the people, during the last quarter of the nineteenth century, who smelted iron ore here in the UP. You see where they lived and worked. Get a sense of how remote and interdependent... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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Reviewed 1 August 2016 via mobile

Took our kids (aged 9, 11, almost14) with my parents. Thought it would be a repeat of Greenfield Village, but it was unique due to it's story and history. Thought we would spend less than an hour, but ended up over two hours. Beautiful scenery! Tried to load pictures, but my phone is acting up. Good value for the price...recreational... More 

Thank Larry Christi S
Garden, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

We live close so we visit often & take guests when we have them. We even stop to play checkers in the old schoolhouse. Do stop in the visitor's center to view the diorama to get a feel of the place before wandering thru the old village. Take time to enjoy the scenery & wander the trails along with the... More 

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Traverse City
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 February 2016

We have been here in the summer and decided to check it out in the winter. Very quiet, only a few other people that were leaving so we had the entire place to ourselves for beautiful pictures. Plowed road and parking lot so you can get close to the site. Very interesting history. Buildings are closed in the winter but... More 

Thank James S

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