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Pendarvis Field Trip

Pendarvis - a historic site

Pendarvis Field Trip | Wisconsin Historical Society

While on this tour students will explore:

  • Early 19th century immigration and settlement in southwest Wisconsin.
  • Lead mining that stimulated the flow of immigrants.
  • The preservation of the site in the 20th Century.
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Pendarvis in Mineral Point, WI

Learn how Wisconsin lead mining surpassed the appeal of the fur trading and farming for 19th-century settlers.

Program Details
AttributeDescription
Length Field trips last from one hour to two-and-a-half hours
Availability mid-May - late Oct
Maximum group size No limit. Large groups are divided into sub-groups of 15 per group
Location Pendarvis, 114 Shake Rag St, Mineral Point, WI 53565
Lunch Across the street from Pendarvis is a city park with free picnic shelters. To make reservations call the Mineral Point City Clerk at 608-987-2361
Grade Level K - 12
Cost $4 per student

Reserve Your Field Trip

To reserve a field trip, call 608-987-2361 or email us.

About Pendarvis

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 1840s 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. The site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions, Transportation, Parking

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