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Fayette Historic State Park

Garden, MI
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Ranked #1 of 5 attractions in Garden
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, State Parks
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White Lake, Michigan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

If you are near this area (souther central UP of Michigan) make the trip. It is a state park that used to be a company town circa 1880. They smelted iron ore and produced pigs of steel to ship downstate. Does not require much time, you can see everything in about 3 hours and not be rushed. Very humbling to... More

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Port Huron, Michigan
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114 reviews 114 reviews
50 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

This place reminds me of Greenfield Village, only the entire town was together all the time. It is super interesting to see the kilns and the enormous furnaces that were used for iron smelting. The state parks really have some great attractions. I am so glad I get the recreation passport with my car registration each year! The kids liked... More

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Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Went early in Morning, and no one was there. Spent 3 hours walking around and looking at the great set up. Very easy walking, and great place to wander around and see how people lived in the 1870s. Park staff was nice and helpful. The view of cliffs from the harbor is something, and was impressed with the entire park.... More

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Fargo, North Dakota, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
15 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

We spent an afternoon exploring this park and thoroughly enjoyed our time there. The park personnel were so friendly and willing to answer our questions. The park is very nicely maintained and seeing the different areas was very interesting. We also enjoyed walking around the path near the lake...beautiful!

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

This was fun. It was so much more than we thought. We expect a few rundown buildings, but Fayette had a number of buildings (yes, they we're run down), but you could see the entire story of the ore business of the late 1800s. It was definitely worth the visit.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Fayette Historic Park is one of best visits you can make anywhere. This old ghost town is restored, with cool buildings, foundry, roads and port. The visitor's center has a wonderful replica of the town and a great narrative on why this town was built in the 1800s, and why it ended. The history is amazing, telling a hard story... More

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Michigan
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56 reviews 56 reviews
8 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We wouldn't have know about this if someone hadn't mentioned it before we left for the UP. We were so glad we made our way to this park. It is a little off the beaten track, but a beautiful drive. It was so interesting to see the remnants of a true "company town" and to learn how it functioned and... More

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Waterford, MI
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64 reviews 64 reviews
29 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

It was a bit out of our way, but we spent twice the time there we thought we would have. Expect to do a lot of walking and reading while here to get the full impact. There are not a LOT of places to sit as you are walking around, but there are several on the lake and in the... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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46 reviews 46 reviews
12 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

We took a day trip here and were glad we did. It is $ 9 to get in and they have a small gift shop that sells ice cream & cappucino. There are a lot of great photos to be taken, nature paths to take and history to read about. You can go inside most of the buildings.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Took many pictures, and developing some into paintings. A lesser-known aspect of Michigan history is being restored, and the setting is quite stunning. Out of your way, but worth the effort.

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