Pendarvis is one of Wisconsin Historical Societies historic sites that is in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. It is an old lead mine that was started by experienced Cornish miners from the old country in the 1830’s.
When you visit Pendarvis you get the feeling of history. The site is an outdoor living history museum that is made up of the original stone and log buildings that the Cornish lead miners built and lived in. These tiny homes are truly amazing to look at with the stone fitted together so well that they are still strong today. You can enjoy the handy work of the Cornish miners as you look at the fine intricate work and architectural detail of there fine homes.
A windlass is a big bucket that the miners used to pull up the lead ore from under ground. It is very heavy so it can handle a lot of use and heavy lead.
The Martin Cabin is a house made of logs that is furnished with impressive furnishings of the period. Take a good look at the beds and you will wonder how the Cornish people ever got any work done after sleeping on them. They look mighty uncomfortable but the family cook stove looks warm and inviting.
The Kiddleywink Pub gives you a fine impression of what life at the pub was like. This finely crafted building is made of stone and even the floor is made of flat stones. You can see what the liquor bottles where like for the miners. It even has the smell of a pub.
Merry Christmas Mine Hill trail takes you to see the area where the mining took place. Oak trees were cut down to help get at the lead. Then erosion of the land ran into the river and contaminated it. Today it has cleaned up and things are better.
At the Museum store you can purchase a little item to help you remember your time at the museum. Books, cards and mugs are among some of the items for sale there.
At Pendarvis you get a good look at what life was like for Wisconsin Cornish lead miners back in the 1800’s. It is a fascinating museum in Mineral Point, Wisconsin that is open May 1 – October 31. It is a great adventure for the whole family to enjoy. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for children, and $8.50 for seniors. You can see more about a visit to Pendarvis in Mineral Point, Wisconsin at http://pendarvis.wisconsinhistory.org/.