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.
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.
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