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Historical Village Fayette Park
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed June 13, 2013

I loved this blast from the past...it was very informative of the way of life and times for these hard working people

Thank culaugh2012
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

Historic and beautiful. Lots for families to enjoy as we have done many times. The village artifacts and harbor will keep you busy for an afternoon.

Thank Supercommuter
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Reviewed April 26, 2013

Went about a year ago with my daughter. Hadn't been there in awhile. About an hour from our house. They had even more buildings open than the last time we visited. Very interesting to see how the village was way back then. Very pretty on the water.

Thank upgrammy
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Reviewed March 9, 2012

If you want to get an idea of what life was like here, you have to browse through the village. A testament to how hard life was, especially on a cold windy day. You'll see areas where the extremely poor lived as well as the more well-to-do. In any case, a beautiful and informative visit.

1  Thank CarrieAnneSutton
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