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Old Victoria Restoration
Fall Foliage Color Tour & Scenic Drives
South Shore of the Lake Superior Circle Tour

A worthwhile colorful side trip is taking Victoria Dam Road from the town of Rockland through the Ontonagon River valley to Old Victoria Heritage Site. Once a mining village for those who worked the Victoria Copper Mine, the site now includes several restored buildings from that era.

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Victoria Dam Road, Rockland, Michigan Upper Peninsula

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Ontonagon River ValleyOntonagon River Valley


Near Right. We descend into the Ontonagon River Valley. Far right. Crossing the bridge over the Ontonaton River.

Old Victoria RestorationOld Victoria


Fall color embraces the Old Victoria restoration.


Old Victoria Historical Site
Old Victoria, Keweenaw National Historical Park Heritage Site

Old Victoria is was originally sponsored and maintained by the Old Victoria Society and is now part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. Both self-guided and narrated tours are offered daily (11 am to 5 pm) from Memorial Day weekend through the Fall Color Season. At one time there were 10 residences in this community, a barn, and two outhouses. Four of the original cabins have been restored, furnished in their original fashion and available for touring.

In 2015 Site Manager Patty Pattison gave us an informative guided tour of all four of the restored cabins, as well as the sauna. The cabins, furnished as they were years ago and our guide's story-telling, offered a very interesting peak into the life of a miner in these parts 100 years ago.

  • Monarch Cook Stove
  • Miners Bunk House Bedroom
  • Kitchen in Miners Bunk House
  • Working Loom used by Volunteer Weaver
  • Women's Outhouse

Annual events
at Old Victoria include the Log Cabin Day in late June where they have kids games, old-time music, and fire up the old Monarch wood cookstove and bake and sell home made Cinnamin Rolls for visitors. The third weekend in August is the annual Old Victoria Arts & Crafts Fair (August 16, 2015) with volunteers & exhibitors dressing up in the style of the 1899 -1921 era and recreating the atmosphere of the mining era. Only original hand-crafted wares, no manufactured or imported items! Old Victoria also sponsors an annual hike on National Trails Day (first Saturday in June).

Links

Keweenaw Heritage Website

Old Victoria page

Color Tour Scenic Drive Directory

Porcupine Mountains - Fall Foliage Color

Keweenaw Copper Harbor - Fall Foliage Color

Keweenaw - Fall Foliage Color, part 2

Old Victoria Restoration - Fall Color Tour

Michigan UP Copper Harbor & Keweenaw Peninsula

arrowGoing east towards Munising and Pictured Rocks . . . More waterfalls and hiking pages from the Keweenaw Peninsula through Tahquemenon Falls to Sault Ste. Marie.

 

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Eric Hansen's guide to UP hiking is well respected in hiking circles. this guide includes profiles on some terrific off-the-beaten path hiking trails. [More info]

 

SuperiorTrails.com - Reinhold Development - 2015





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