Pendarvis Historic Site

114 Shake Rag Street
608-987-2122

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.


Reviews

Benjamin Phelps

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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

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Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017

New tour has history of miners and other interesting facts.

William Croschere

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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.

Chris Mason

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Sunday, June 25, 2017

Quite place, lots to explore, but you really have to go out and find it. Not a lot of good resources available.

Timothy Ford Malone

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Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016

Spur of the moment stop. If you need to strech your legs and have 20 dollars burning a hole in your pocket, stop in. Not handicap friendly. Do some resreach first.