: 1–2 pm
Contact Info E-mail: pendarvis@
Merry Christmas Mine Prairie Walk
A walking tour of Merry Christmas Mine Hill, adjacent to Pendarvis historic site in Mineral Point, will give tour participants a firsthand look at the 43-acre restored prairie that occupies the former site of Merry Christmas Mine, once one of the few large zinc mines in the U.S. The mine hill has been restored to a prairie habitat with indigenous grasses and flowers, and is one of the largest prairie restorations in southwestern Wisconsin. Tour participants will also find mining artifacts, "Badger holes" that some of the first miners burrowed into the hillside for shelter, and beautiful views along the interpretive walking trails.
: Free admission
: Nestled on a rocky, wooded hillside, Pendarvis comprises six historic stone and stone-and-log cottages built by immigrant Cornish miners in the 1830s and '40s during the Wisconsin Territory's lead-mining boom. Nearby Merry Christmas Mine Hill still bears the signs of early mining activity, and a 43-acre restored prairie reveals the unspoiled wilderness found by the first arriving settlers.
: 114 Shake Rag St
: Mineral Point
: Partially handicapped accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.
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