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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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algonquin il
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66 reviews 66 reviews
24 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

Fayette State Park is an extremely well restored community that was once a home to a large iron ore smelting business. It was described as a ghost town but I think it is a great example of life in the late 1800s. Inside the restored buildings are many interesting artifacts and photographs. It is easy to imagine what life must... More

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Marquette, Michigan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Fayette Historic State Park is a great park...more of ghost town actually! Very cool historical information is all over, surrounded by beautiful views. I would recommend visiting early in the spring...we were there May 1st (the 1st day it opened for the season) and there were very few people around, that was pretty neat!

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

This is a state park like none you've ever experienced. In the late 1800's it was a community focused on smelting iron ore. The town is surrounded by beautiful limestone cliffs and set on a bay that still boasts the old wooden posts that used to support the docks. Walking around the town, peering into the buildings, reading the postings... More

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Muncie, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
12 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

Very nicely preserved historical area, a former iron ore smelting town.The nearby limestone cliffs, which were quarried for use in the smelting process are very beautiful. Several of the buildings were constructed of limestone as well and have stood the test of time. There is a visitor center, containing an audio diorama that tells the story of Fayette. Handicapped access... More

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Birmingham, Michigan
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118 reviews 118 reviews
15 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We spent about two hours exploring this historic company town that was used for smelting ore. Old buildings that have been restored and with historic footnotes as to the history and what life was like at that time. It is set in a idyllic bay that you can boat into and berth for the night. Have lived in Michigan for... More

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a really interesting state park. Used to be a company town in the 1880's, really interesting to look around the old buildings. Even better is the location. Really beautiful little harbor, trails for walking outside of the "town" area as well. Would love to go back another time to explore even more.

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White Lake, Michigan
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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132 reviews 132 reviews
57 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
28 helpful votes 28 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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