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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.

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