The Old Victoria Restoration is a dedicated effort to preserve and restore a historic copper mining settlement in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, offering visitors a glimpse into the past and the opportunity to explore the well-preserved buildings and artifacts that tell the story of the region’s mining heritage.
Several sites offer a glimpse at what working conditions were like, but Old Victoria Restoration—one of several Keweenaw Heritage Sites in the Upper Peninsula—shows visitors what life was like for miners and their families with a tour of four restored log cabins. Hour-long guided tours educate visitors on the whens, whys and hows of the U.P.’s copper boom. Self-guided tours of the grounds are free (but donations are appreciated). Guided tours inside the restored cabins are available for a small fee. The area is also home to a picnic area and hiking rails. Old Victoria is open daily from 11am to 5pm June 15 to October 7. The site also hosts two annual events—Log Cabin Day on the last Sunday of June and the Old Victoria Craft Fair on the third Sunday in August. Both events feature Old Victoria’s famous baked-in-the-woodstove cinnamon rolls. Nearby is Victoria Dam, a hydroelectric plant on the west branch of the Ontonagon River. A spillway—busiest during winter melt-off and early spring—often creates an impressive man-made waterfall.