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Fayette Historic State Park

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Address: Garden, MI
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A Hidden Gem Worth Seeking Out

We first visited the "ghost town" of Fayette more than 30 years ago. It was a fascinating look at an abandoned iron smelting town. Over the years we've gone back often. It has... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2014
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18 reviews 18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We first visited the "ghost town" of Fayette more than 30 years ago. It was a fascinating look at an abandoned iron smelting town. Over the years we've gone back often. It has been taken over by the Michigan State Park system, the buildings have been restored or protected and a terrific visitors' center built. Fayette is a bit out... More 

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algonquin il
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24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

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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12 helpful votes 12 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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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33 helpful votes 33 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
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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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22 helpful votes 22 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
44 helpful votes 44 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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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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