Posted by: Kath Usitalo | August 11, 2011

Fayette Comes To Life For Annual Heritage Day

Fayette Historic State Park, Garden Peninsula in the UP

Most days of the year Fayette Historic State Park, on the Upper Peninsula’s Garden Peninsula, is a quiet place with the look of a ghost town.

Restored buildings hint at the company town that bustled with a pig iron-smelting operation from 1867-1891. The pristine remains on Lake Michigan’s Snail Shell Harbor today present a far prettier picture than when blast furnaces produced 229,288 tons of iron.

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But on Saturday, August 13 the waterfront townsite will come to life with the sights and sounds of a 19th century community as Fayette celebrates its 25th annual Heritage Day. Between 11 a.m.-4 p.m. the Escanaba City Band will perform period music, Great Lakes balladeer Carl Behrend will perform, and the New Lost Lake Ramblers, an old-tyme string band, will pluck lively tunes.

A blacksmith and quilters will demonstrate their crafts while kids can join in old fashioned games like sack races, and teens have a chance to play 1880s base ball with the vintage Fayette team.

That evening the peaceful quiet will settle over the park again—at least until the October 1 Fall Fest when costumes are encouraged for a day of early Halloween fun.

Activities are free with admission by Michigan State Parks Recreation Passport.

Visitor Info Clicks:

Upper Peninsula 

Pure Michigan

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