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Fayette Historic State Park, Garden
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Fayette Historic State Park is the state park of the historic town of Fayette in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is located on the Big Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan in between Snail Shell Harbor and Sand Bay, on the southern side of the Upper Peninsula, about 17 miles south of US 2. Fayette was the site of an industrial community that manufactured charcoal pig iron between 1867 and 1891. The town has been reconstructed into a living museum showing what life was like in this town in the late 19th century.HistoryFayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Fayette grew up around two blast furnaces, a large dock, and several charcoal kilns, following the post-Civil War need for iron. Nearly 500 residents—many immigrating from Canada, the British Isles, and northern Europe—lived in and near the town that existed to make pig iron. During 24 years of operation Fayette's blast furnaces produced a total of 229,288 tons of iron, using local hardwood forests for fuel and quarrying limestone from the bluffs to purify the iron ore. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operations in 1891. Another event leading to the demise of the Jackson Iron Company was the use of the hardwoods and limestone to purify the iron, leading to the exhaustion of hardwoods in the area. This was the main source for purifying the iron and therefore led to the decline of the Jackson Iron Company. After shutting down operations, many residents left Fayette in search of employment elsewhere, though some chose to stay nearby and used the land for farming.
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  • On the advice of someone else, we spent several hours visiting Fayette Historic State Park. While there were no guides available the day we stopped, it was easy to walk around and visit the various bu...  more »
  • If you are touring the lovely Upper Peninsula of Michigan I highly recommend making this a site to visit. We enjoyed several hours of sightseeing throughout this park, despite the wet drizzle that was...  more »
  • We were told about this place ad decided that we would talk a look. We were so glad we did. There is so much to see about the history of iron works. Lots of old buildings to see and so much history th...  more »
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  • This was a fun family activity. There were lots of buildings to see and go through.
  • Very clean and educational. The view is just astounding and the grounds were well kept. Lots of history here. Highly recommended making a stop here. Well worth your while.
  • There is also a campground just down from the historic village. Quiet while we were there. Short wooded walk to lake, boat launch and picnic area,to which you can also drive, and a small sandy less rocky beach area. Cool cemetery right near the picnic area. 17$ a night w/ elec. Would definitely come again :)
  • I was so surprised by the views of Lake Michigan here. The cliffs are amazing. The state did a great job restoring and presenting this 19th century iron town.
  • Old company owned town used to produce iron. I think its always neat to be able to imagine the way people once lived. This site hae quite a few restored buildings. Most can be entered in the summer months.