AAA Editor Notes
Historic Fayette Townsite is off SR 183 in Fayette Historic State Park. The preserved industrial community was founded in 1867 by Jackson Iron Co. manager Fayette Brown. The largely immigrant community thrived after the furnaces began smelting charcoal iron, but when the operation ceased in 1891 due to a decline in the charcoal iron market, the site was abandoned.

Historic buildings are showcased throughout the site, including a company office, furnace complex, hotel, town hall and workers’ homes. A self-guiding walking tour begins at the interpretive museum. Along the walk are views of the cliffs and of Lake Michigan.

Guided tours are available mid-June through Labor Day; phone for details.

Guided tours are available.

Townsite free. Park entry requires a Recreation Passport (valid for 1 year and allows entry into Michigan state parks) $11 (per private in-state vehicle); $5 (per in-state motorcycle); $31 (per private out-of-state vehicle). Nonresident single-day pass $9 (per private out-of-state vehicle).
Museum buildings open daily 8-dusk, mid-June through Labor Day; 9-6, day after Labor Day to mid-Sept.; 9-5, mid-May to mid-June and mid-Sept. to mid-Oct. Park open daily 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Phone ahead to confirm schedule.
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