About General Admission
Discover how the preservation efforts of two men helped save Wisconsin’s Cornish history. The picturesque cluster of stone buildings that make up Pendarvis Historic Site today were originally constructed by Cornish immigrants who came to the area in the early 1800s. These structures were preserved through the efforts of life and business partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum, who opened restored the buildings and opened a successful restaurant on the site.
Admission includes a 60-minute guided tour of the site that departs at 10:30 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m. These tours explore Pendarvis’ three primary structures: Pendarvis, Polperro, and Trelawny. Guests can explore other areas of the site on their own, including the Kiddleywink Pub, Martin Cabin, and the Merry Christmas Mine Hill Trails and Prairie. Together, these structures tell a multi-layered history of Wisconsin that includes the area’s Cornish immigrants, lead mining, early LGBTQ+ history, and tell the story of the Pendarvis House restaurant.
General Admission (13+): $10
Senior (65+): $8
Child (5-12): $6
Child 4 and Under: Free
Grounds Pass Only (no guided tour): $5
Society members receive a 10% discount
About the Location
Pendarvis is the creation of life partners Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum. Bob and Edgar met in 1934 and began to rescue historic properties one at a time from demolition. Assigning Cornish-language names to each, they opened a restaurant to sustain their preservation efforts and lived on the grounds. Their remarkable success – at the height of the Great Depression – launched the 20th-century transformation of Mineral Point into the vibrant hub for arts, preservation, and tourism it is today.
Pendarvis Historic Site
114 Shake Rag Street
Mineral Point, Wisconsin 53565
The Visitor Center and the Pendarvis Store are both wheelchair accessible, but wheelchair access to other areas of the site is limited. Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring mobility assistance.
For more information, please contact Pendarvis at (608) 987-2122 or email@example.com.