Hear Tracey Lee Roberts, Senior Lecturer Emeritus at UW-Platteville, speak on the early Lead Mine District centered in southwest Wisconsin that brought together an array of peoples to work the lucrative lead trade.
While only a small enterprise in the 1780s, worked mostly by Native American and metis people, by the 1820s to 1840s, the District was booming and included black and white Americans and many foreign-born peoples which helped to transformed Wisconsin from a Territory to a state.
With support from federal troops and militia, newly arrived miners and smelters forced Native American farmers, trappers, and miners to cede their lands to the US government which opened the way for large-scale mining and farming.
Pendarvis, 114 Shake Rag St
Mineral Point, WI 53565-1063
Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the restoration and preservation efforts of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, who saved a significant part of Wisconsin’s past. Their legacy includes the six historic stone and stone-and-log cottages which comprise Pendarvis today, built by Cornish immigrants in the 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.
Partially handicapped accessible. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring a wheelchair for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.