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Historical Village Fayette Park

13700 13.25 Ln, Garden, MI 49835-9411
+1 906-789-7862
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Beautiful all around

Interesting history and beautiful views. Beware of navigation taking you to a dead end road. Had to... read more

Reviewed 29 June 2017
Renee S
via mobile
A very good way to spend an afternoon in the U.P.

They were able to preserve a lot of the old buildings and a few photo's from the people that called... read more

Reviewed 17 June 2017
Spokane, Washington
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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 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.

1  Thank Renee S
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 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
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...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 10 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....More

Thank WhereBenhasbeen
Reviewed 2 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!...More

Thank Larry Christi S
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