Old Victoria

Restored mining village homes

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One of the sites of an abandoned copper mine is now a ghost town. This is where the Ontonagon Boulder was discovered and where copper was subsequently mined.

The village was built near Rockland in 1899, abandoned in 1921, and restored in the 1970s by the Society for the Restoration of Old Victoria. It is now part of the Keweenaw National Historical Park. The cabins give visitors an idea of what life was like for the miners and their families, with furnishings and other items representative of that time frame. Included, for example, are monthly paychecks, each for less than $50, and a miner’s hardhat. Because some of the families were Finnish, the sauna was an essential building. Today you’ll find a working sauna on the property.

One of the cabins serves as a visitor center. Tours of the four restored cabins are available, as are walks through the surrounding area. You’ll even be able to take a few steps on the North Country Trail, which passes through this area. (The NCT is a footpath covering 4,600 miles in seven states, from eastern New York to central North Dakota. It’s similar to the Appalachian Trail, but longer than the Appalachian Trail. The NCT is the longest of America’s 11 National Scenic Trails.)

Special Old Victoria events are Log Cabin Day on the last Sunday in June and Old Victoria Craft Fair the third Sunday in August.

It is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily from Memorial Day weekend through mid-October. Donations are suggested.


Categories: Tours: Cultural |

At A Glance

25401 Victoria Dam Road
Rockland Michigan 49960


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