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Pendarvis Historic Site

114 Shake Rag Street

In the early 19th century Wisconsin lead mining was more promising and attractive to potential settlers than the fur trade. Hundreds of immigrants poured into southwestern part of the state.

Experienced miners began arriving from Cornwall in southwestern England in the 1830s. The Cornish settled in Mineral Point and throughout the Upper Mississippi lead region and constructed small, limestone homes similar to those they had left in England.

Mineral Point became a thriving commercial center that housed one of Michigan Territory's first land offices and served as a territorial county seat. The boom continued into early Wisconsin statehood, when lead and zinc mining and processing became the dominant mining activity.

In 1970, the Wisconsin Historical Society acquired the property. The following year it began operating the restoration as a historic site interpreting the history of Cornish settlement and Wisconsin's lead-mining heyday.


Jessica Brogley

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Pendarvis is a historic gem. You'll learn about pioneer life, restoration, and what makes Mineral Point such a valuable entity in Southwest Wisconsin. There is ample parking across the street. My only caution - there were a lot of hornets around. When you're done here, there about 5 other stops to make in town, so be sure to look up other things to do at Trip Advisor.

Skip Coleman

Friday, March 16, 2018
Love the area. Quite and seren You can feel the history and the original spirits which settled the area. Even in the winter walking my best friend the beauty of the area leaves a impact. In the summer the hustle and bustle of people give you an idea of what the area must have been. A place you must experience.

Kendal Garrison

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Excellent historical site about the two gay men who raised awareness of the preservation of Mineral Point and launching it as a Mecca for artists.

Benjamin Phelps

Monday, Aug. 7, 2017
My family came to see one of the earliest settlements in Wisconsin. We spent 3/4 of our time hearing about "Bob and Edgar" in the 20th century. What a waste.

joni rolle

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018
Great people, interesting history, and a good walking tour!

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