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“A beautiful spot to visit”

Fayette Historic State Park
Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Garden
Certificate of Excellence
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29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“A beautiful spot to visit”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

This park is worth the drive! The setting is gorgeous, there is much to see and the people are friendly and knowledgeable. You could easily spend the day walking in and out of the historic buildings and walking the shoreline. Wear comfortable shoes!! We camped at the State Park right next to the Townsite and brought our fishing gear and folding chairs and spent another afternoon fishing from the docks and shore.
There is also a nice little gift store with souvenirs, drinks and ice cream.

Visited June 2012
2 Thank Fijiwife
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Manistique, Michigan
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66 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Fayette Park”
Reviewed June 8, 2012

We live about 40 mins from the park and every couple of years we like to go take a look. They are always working at restoring more buildings. Very interesting history and very cool ghost town. Right on Lake MIchigan, beautiful spot!

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89 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Bygone Era and Nature”
Reviewed April 25, 2012

Fayette is a former industrial town on the Garden Peninsula. The state of Michigan has done a wonderful job of preserving this historical site. First, stop at the interpretive center. There you will see a scale model of Fayette's hayday..the residences, smelting shop,opera house, hotel, physician's office, a thriving community. Walk down the steep hill and view Snail Harbor, it is majestic! Nowadays, a few recreational boats will dock overnight..but mostly you see limestone cliffs and endless blue of Lake Michigan. The remains of former stone buildings reach skyward. Tour the town, visit restored buildings. The coolest is the supervisor's home where they reinact a funeral of a child's death...the little coffin is in the parlor. One can sense that real people lived here, working, going to school, cooking, living and dying. Also, note how big the Queen Anne's lace flowers are, in back of the Doctor's residence! I have taken numerous guests of a variety of ages here...each took away a feeling of awe, appreciation of nature and a bygone era.

Visited September 2011
2 Thank UPprincess
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130 reviews
18 attraction reviews
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“very historical”
Reviewed April 19, 2012

This is a fun, historical park located on Lake Michigan.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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123 reviews
74 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Beautiful Historic Site”
Reviewed March 9, 2012

This place has so much to offer. A ghost town, hiking trails, visitors center with some seriously delicious ice cream, camping. My family and I have been going here for years. In my opinion, May is the best time to go because you'll see the Trilium in bloom and there are less visitors. Miles of walking trails take you back in time and the old smelting furnaces and houses are amazing to walk through. The cliffs are also spectacular, remniscent of Pictured Rocks. A true piece of history I don't think many know about.

Visited May 2011
3 Thank CarrieAnneSutton
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