Victoria Dam Road, Rockland, Michigan Upper Peninsula
Traveling along the Michigan Lake Superior 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.
Near Right. We descend into the Ontonagon River Valley. Far right. Crossing the bridge over the Ontonaton River.
Fall color embraces the Old Victoria restoration.
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. (see slide show below)
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).
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