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.


joni rolle

Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018

Great people, interesting history, and a good walking tour!

Bill Hsomething

Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

Wonderful place to view a little of Wisconsin's history.

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.

Al Kutil

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

New tour has history of miners and other interesting facts.

William Croschere

Monday, April 17, 2017

Scenic town great restaurant the red rooster amazing figgie hobbin desert.will be back again for the Pasty and figgie Hobbin . Beautiful old town brewery lots to see and do.