Historic Sites

Historic Site Tours

PENDARVIS HISTORIC SITE. Shake Rag and Spruce Streets. 608.987.2122     Open for tours Daily  May-Oct.     Costumed interpreters lead the way through Pendarvis, recalling the days when Mineral Point was a lead mining camp and explaining what brought the Cornish to settle in the Shake Rag neighborhood.  In the 1930s, Bob Neal returned to his hometown and was dismayed to see many of the stone houses being dismantled. Together with Edgar Hellum, they purchased one of those houses, restored it, and turned it into a nationally recognized restaurant. More than saving a house, what they did was to establish what has become a preservation legacy. Today Pendarvis is owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society.
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.