Fayette Historic State Park

Fayette - sign

 

Overview:
Fayette Historic State Park
4785 II Road
Garden, MI
906-644-2603

(Date of Visit: September 2011)

 

I almost passed right by without stopping here as I was heading out of the Upper Peninsula.  I had decided to camp at Indian Lake State Park because Fayette doesn't yet have a sanitary station in their campground.  I am so thankful I made this a day trip, though, because it ended up being one of my very favorite sights! I really loved it here and spent hours exploring not only the historic buildings, but just sitting and enjoying the scenic beauty. 

Michigan DNR website:  "Fayette Historic State Park houses a Historic Townsite, a representation of a once bustling industrial community."

That description may be technically accurate, but it doesn't begin to do justice to how fascinating this place really is.

Fayette - Overview

The Visitor's Center is a great place to start for an introduction to the history and current preservation efforts.  This shot of an overview of the grounds was taken from there.

Fayette - Map

There are five miles of trails around the perimeter of the grounds and buildings. Click image above for larger size to see the layout of the grounds (it will open in separate window).

Fayette - Model

There's also a model recreation of Fayette, Circa1886, that illustrates what it looked like in its heyday.

Fayette-Ruins

I was plenty happy this present day wandering around the grounds amid the ruins of this fascinating era.  The setting and views are exquisite and the informational signs and displays made it easy to imagine what life was like living at Fayette in the late 1800's.

Fayette - Bluff

You can even walk around this beautiful bluff, but by the time I was through with the main grounds, I didn't have time for it.  But this park is definitely on my "must-return-to" list and I intend to explore this then.

Malia resting at Fayette

I guess deep down inside, I didn't really want to leave because when I tried to, I realized I didn't have my car keys.  I wrote about that misadventure and the blessings that came out of it on my blog at Malia's Miles:  Once again, I discovered that it's not always just the sites themselves that make a place so special, but the people who work and visit there: Best Intentions and Keys Lost

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