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Pendarvis Historic Site to Reopen on August 20, 2021 | Wisconsin Historical Society

Pendarvis Historic Site to Reopen on August 20, 2021

For Immediate Release (August 18, 2021)

Pendarvis Historic Site to Reopen on August 20, 2021 | Wisconsin Historical Society

Mineral Point, WI. – Pendarvis, one of the Wisconsin Historical Society’s 12 historic sites and museums, will reopen for in-person experiences on August 20, 2021. The site will be open on Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with several tour options both days. Pendarvis will close for the season on Saturday, October 16, 2021.

“Pendarvis offers visitors the chance to be immersed in several periods of Wisconsin history, from the 1840s when many Cornish immigrants came to Wisconsin to build a new life, to the 1950s during the height of the Pendarvis House restaurant’s popularity,” said Bethany Brander, southwest sites program manager for the Wisconsin Historical Society. “After the unprecedented time apart, we are thrilled to reopen Pendarvis to visitors.”

General admission includes a 1-hour guided tour and a self-guided exploration of the grounds including the historic pub, the Martin Cabin, and the Merry Christmas Mine Hill Trails and Prairie. Visitors can journey through the historic buildings and grounds to take in the site’s multi-layered history from early settlement by Cornish immigrants and lead miners, to 20th century preservation efforts and creation of a restaurant by business and life partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum.

To help kick off Cornish Fest in Mineral Point, Pendarvis will host Pub Night from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, September 24, 2021. The event will feature live music, dinner prepared by local restaurant Pointer Café, and games in the historic Cornish pub. Attendees can purchase their first beverage for $10 to receive $5 beverage refills thereafter and a keepsake Pendarvis House glass to take home. Proceeds from Pub Night will go towards ongoing preservation and interpretation efforts at Pendarvis. To learn more about Pendarvis and upcoming special experiences, visit

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About Pendarvis
Pendarvis, one of twelve Wisconsin Historical Society museums and historic sites, 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 cabins built by Cornish immigrants who came to Mineral Point to mine lead.  Today, the site celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past. For general information and details, call 608-987-2122 or