Historic Sites

Historic Site Tours

PENDARVIS HISTORIC SITE. Shake Rag and Spruce Streets. 608.987.2122  Pendarvis celebrates the restoration and preservation work of Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum who saved a significant portion of Wisconsin’s past. Hike Merry Christmas Mine Hill or take a tour of the historic buildings to learn more about the first Wisconsin “badgers,” the Cornish who built up Mineral Point, and the two men who saved that history almost 100 years later. Open daily late May – October.
model railroadMINERAL POINT DEPOT MUSEUM. 11 Commerce Street. 608.987.2695     Open for tours Thurs -Sun. May-Oct.     The Mineral Point Railroad Depot is one of the few surviving pre-Civil War depots still standing. Recognized as the oldest depot in Wisconsin, it is the oldest surviving depot of the Milwaukee Road. Within its two foot thick stone walls, you will learn about its revival as an architectural landmark. View a vast collection of artifacts and detailed exhibits the cover 150 years of history. A carefully detailed railroad diorama replicates the rail yard and surrounding area of town, circa 1915. Admission group rates are available for 10 or more.
orchardlawnORCHARD LAWN. 234 Madison Street. 608.558.1937     Open for tours Fri-Sun, June – Oct.In 1868, Orchard Lawn was a working estate situated on a hill overlooking a bustling young community. Built by Sarah &Joseph Gundry, it boasted gardens, orchards, barns, a carriage house and a fine Italianate mansion. It was home to 3 generations of the family. In 1936  the family was unable to sell it or even give it away. They hired a wrecking contractor. The house was saved when eleven local citizens put $800 together to buy out the contract. The family deeded it to the newly formed Mineral Point Historical Society, and Orchard Lawn became a community landmark. The restoration of Orchard Lawn has involved careful attention to detail and extensive research. Orchard Lawn is available for private rentals and hosts Jammin’ on the Porch, featuring local musicians on the 2nd Friday of each month from June – September.