Fayette Historic State Park

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Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette Historic State Park
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DianneK-WI
24 contributions
So interesting!
Sep 2021
Well worth traveling a bit off the beaten path to check out this state park. Didn't know what to expect, but we found it incredibly interesting! Surprised how many buildings remain of this abandoned mining town. You can explore the village on your own and get to go inside many of the buildings. All in a beautiful setting. Really enjoyed this place!
Written 18 September 2021
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Jon S
Monroe, MI4 contributions
Ghost Town
Aug 2021
What a great piece of Michigan History, I really didn’t want to go but wife did so we went and I enjoyed ever bit as much as she did. Need to spend at least 2 or 3 hours looking at the town possibly longer.
Written 29 August 2021
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Heather C
Milwaukee, WI7 contributions
Super cool late 1800’s village!
Aug 2021 • Family
My husband, our 2 kids (ages 5 & 9), and I stopped here on our road trip around Lake Michigan. Totally worth the stop!! We spent about 2 hours walking around the village.

You can go into most buildings. Some have displays set up inside of what the house would have looked like. Some are just empty so you can appreciate the building itself. Every building was cool to see.

The views are gorgeous, right on the water. And it really is a whole village with buildings left right where they were in the late 1800s.

Our kids loved it and we loved it too!
Written 29 August 2021
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MamaSalty
36 contributions
Campground Review Only...
Jun 2021
This review is only for the campground as unfortunately we didn't get a chance to explore the historic site. We arrived fairly late to our reserved campsite. It was a little hard to find. Also the instructions for "checking in" were a little unclear. So was the part about needing a separate state permit on your car to be there. Why can't they sell the permit and the campground reservation on the same website? (Saying this as a first time visitor to MI, not a resident.)

The campground itself was fairly large and very crowded. Mostly RVs but a few tents. It seemed most sites had several cars there. We had a tent and there was a nice grassy (but slightly muddy) spot to set up. There was zero privacy however, just some widely spaced trees with lots of campers. We had a fifth wheel with a group of teenage boys a couple of yards away and their chaperones chattered away into the wee hours. A motorcycle roared down the loop at like 5am. I guess I prefer a more peaceful kind of camping - although I will say that the bathrooms/shower area is nice to have and I'm sure the water and townsite are very nice to visit. Saw a few fireflies too so that's cool.
Written 14 July 2021
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Dave C
Illinois1,238 contributions
Life in Northern Michigan in the 1880s
Jun 2021
This is a microcosm of life in a hard-working town from 140 years ago. Employment in Northern Michigan was heavily centered around opportunities such as copper mining, lumber, and (in this case), iron smelting.

My ancestors came to the U.S. around the same time that Fayette was founded as a small town on Lake Michigan, a once bustling iron smelting industrial community surrounding Snail Shell Harbor, to do similar work. It was not an easy life by today's standards. It was founded a little before 1880, I believe, and well into decline by 1900.

Fayette has a variety of buildings; many are just shells, some are reconstructed to the era. There are also ruins that are foundations of buildings.

It is a good stopover for a couple of hours for young and old alike. Smaller children will enjoy running through the old buildings, performing on stage of the upstairs of the old music hall, and generally burning off energy. Older children will get an insight into life before computers and smartphones - way before. Adults will get a great appreciation of our history; and what our ancestors had to do.
Written 13 July 2021
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MoMof6angels10
Jenison, MI23 contributions
Family approved
Jun 2021 • Family
The whole family, from 4 to 63 yrs, enjoyed this place. Reading the plaques to learn the history made it so much more interesting. So many photo opportunities. Thank you for preserving this village, and please continue doing so.
The 2 youngest just ran and ran. They loved it as much as the adults. Could not wait to see inside the next building. :)
Written 11 June 2021
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RunTravel3962
Sherwood7 contributions
Great place to explore
Oct 2020
Brought our kids ages 10 and 8. We should have spent more time than we did. So much to see with a ton of history.
Written 20 October 2020
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mamawren3
Sebewaing, MI131 contributions
A wonderful place to visit
Sep 2020
Enjoyed the visit to Fayette historic park. What a hard way of life a hundred years ago! Remaining structures are being well maintained and the outdoor signs have the ‘before’ photos to show the amount of industry going on then...oh what a difference. Highly recommend!
Written 21 September 2020
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Phyllis B
Garwin, IA774 contributions
Nice campground! Great historic park!
Jul 2020 • Couples
We stayed in the campground for 3 days/4 nights. It was a nice campground but a little crowded. You have to water up before going into the campground.
The best part of the campground is being so close to the bay! We were maybe 100 yards from the water. Awesome!

The historic town of Fayette is wonderfully preserved. We really enjoyed the trails and restored buildings. We spent around 3 hours here.
Written 15 September 2020
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culpdavide
Noblesville, IN40 contributions
GREAT FIND...
Sep 2020
What a great find in UP...we learned so much about the history of this place we had never heard of. (from central Indiana) The grounds are well maintained and the hiking paths are fairly easy to navigate. Would like to go back during their heritage days festival.
Written 10 September 2020
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