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Fayette Historic State Park

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Address: Garden, MI

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Upper Peninsula History at it's BEST !!

Truly a scenic Beauty & enough history and preservation worthy of time and money , don't miss this one .

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
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Escanaba, Michigan
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Escanaba, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Truly a scenic Beauty & enough history and preservation worthy of time and money , don't miss this one .

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Saginaw, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

Historic and with a beautiful view of Lake Michigan. Lots to be seen here and lots to learn - talk to the guides and the locals! Also ask for directions to the old cemetery if that's of interest to you. Give yourself time to walk through all the buildings and bring your camera.

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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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28 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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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55 reviews 55 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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10 reviews 10 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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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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45 helpful votes 45 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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17 reviews 17 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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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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