Mineral Point, WI – Pendarvis, one of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums, opens for the season on Thursday, June 2, 2022. The historic site will be open Thursday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. until the season ends on Sunday, October 23, 2022. General admission includes access to the Pendarvis grounds and a guided tour, and tickets are available for sale online. Grounds passes are also available for sale this season.
“Come explore Pendarvis historic site and learn how the efforts of two men helped save Wisconsin’s Cornish history,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, southwest sites regional director. “Visitors can explore the picturesque cluster of stone buildings constructed by Cornish immigrants who came to the area in the early 1800s and hear the story of how they were preserved through the forward-looking efforts of business and life partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum.”
As part of the general admission experience, visitors to Pendarvis can explore the Kiddleywink Pub, Martin Cabin, and the Merry Christmas Mine Hill Trails and Prairie. Together, these elements tell a multi-layered history of Wisconsin spanning the area’s Cornish immigrants, lead mining, LGBTQ+ history and the story of the Pendarvis House restaurant.
On Thursday, June 16, 2022, Pendarvis will host Mineral Point Museum Night. The fun-filled evening event features an after-hours open house with guides on site to share stories and answer questions. Admission to Mineral Point Museum Night is free. Pendarvis historic site will host a Historic Preservation Weekend on August 12-13. The weekend event features a variety of activities including special tours. Pendarvis will also host Pub Night on September 23 featuring live music, drinks and food with pub games and a roaring fire in our cozy pub.
Pendarvis is located in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The site, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is made up of several 19th-century stone and log cottages built by Cornish immigrants who came to Mineral Point to mine lead. Today, the site celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of business and life partners Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past. For general information and details, call 608-987-2122 or visit pendarvis.wisconsinhistory.org
About the Wisconsin Historical Society
The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org