Historic Buildings

Walking along the beautiful paths at Fayette, you will find many historic buildings to tour.  From their brochure:  "Fayette offers visitors the unmatched serenity of a Lake Michigan harbor, white dolomite bluffs and verdant forests.  This well-preserved museum village recalls a time when it was a noisy, bustling mining town with an immigrant population that shared daily hardships, joys and sorrows."  My comment: no dry, boring museum-like atmosphere here – this is the real deal!

Fayette - Trail around buildings

There are informational signs and even some interactive displays to further explain the past purposes of the buildings.  Some of them are shared below.

Fayette Buildings - Cabin

Working Class Neighborhood

"On the west side of the point, toward the sand beach, was a long row of log houses, occupied by the poorer classes of workmen." – Snail-Shell Harbor, 1870

Park staff reconstructed this laborer's cabin based on archaeological research, historical documents and the examination of an original Fayette cabin.

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Machine Shop

Here is where Fayette's industrial equipment was maintained.  Power machinery, used to manufacture equipment parts, was driven by steam piped from the furnace boilers.

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Company Store

In 1870, the 3 story warehouse on the left was built next to a wood-frame store. The right section replaced the wooden store in 1886. Both burned in the 20th century.

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Old Company Store – Interior Ruins

Fayette - warehouse locations

Warehouse Locations

Four warehouses stood on a wharf off this point of land.  Steam barges imported general supplies, machinery and bricks to Fayette and departed with cargoes of charcoal iron.

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Furnace Complex

Here, the heat, roar and odors of the smelting operation merged with the shouts of men, whir of engines and shrill scream of steam whistles.

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Furnace Interior

You can "meet" some of the people who lived and worked here through pictures and stories, as well as seeing how their surroundings looked back then – the furnishings, dress, etc.

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C.J. Bellows, M.D.

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D. Dupont, Barber


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