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Nice historical tour

The tour and buildings are really interesting and the guide was personable and knowledgeable. We... read more

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Judy C
Sheldon, IA

We lost interest fairly quickly, but it was the end of a very cold, windy and busy... read more

Reviewed 16 October 2018
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Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the 20th century preservation efforts of business and life partners Robert Neal and Edgar Hellum, and the movement they started. Explore their famous restaurant and discover how they saved...more
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114 Shake Rag St., Mineral Point, WI 53565-1063
+1 608-987-2122
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Reviewed 5 November 2018

The tour and buildings are really interesting and the guide was personable and knowledgeable. We were a little surprised that the tour focuses on the mid-twentieth-century restoration rather than on the nineteenth-century miners who first built the structures. The restoration and the history of the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Judy C
Reviewed 16 October 2018 via mobile

We lost interest fairly quickly, but it was the end of a very cold, windy and busy weekend. Certainly interesting and well presented. Wonderful restoration.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 27 August 2018

Pendarvis tells the story of the Cornish miners who settled here in the late 1800s and of the two men who in the mid 1940s-50s restored this Village to its original look. Interesting tour of the houses. Tours are about an hour or so and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank schnoo1
Reviewed 16 July 2018

The buildings at Pendarvis are interesting and the guides do a great job telling the story of the area. Don't miss visiting the old pub on the property before or after your tour. You can't have a drink there, but it feels just like the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Linda R
Reviewed 20 June 2018

learning the history of the area and walking thru the stone cottages was a really neat experience, docents are very knowledgeable. nice gift store, too.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We five adults thoroughly enjoyed this guided tour of these historic buildings. We were struck by the smallness of the structures. People were smaller in the 1800s but we also realized they did not have tons of possessions. The artifacts were plentiful and fascinating, shining...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank SomersNormie21
Reviewed 2 November 2017

Besides the miners' history, there is the restoration history and restaurant history (that funded the restoration) to explore. When we arrived we were told we could wander at will for free using a guide book but we found that the $5 tour fee was well...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank Bruce F
PendarvisStaff, Manager at Pendarvis, responded to this reviewResponded 3 November 2017

Thanks for your feedback, Bruce! We're glad we had the opportunity to share this great story with you. We have exciting things coming to Pendarvis and hope you visit again soon!

Reviewed 26 October 2017

The Pendarvis buildings were awesome ....gift shop....was first class with many historical resources and a pertinent gift selection as well. The staff were very friendly and our tour guide was very knowledgeable of the historical site, and the whole Mineral Point area! The only downside...More

Date of experience: October 2017
2  Thank nightjar102017
PendarvisStaff, Manager at Pendarvis, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2017

Thank you for your feedback. We're glad you enjoyed your time with us! We are working each day to address the issues that face every historic site, mainly restoration of older buildings and grounds care. As you may have noticed, not all of the buildings...More

Reviewed 20 October 2017

We have thoroughly enjoyed the entire ShakeRag site in this area! We have attended art classes and stayed overnight as well. It is a short walk from the east end of historical downtown and very interesting scenes to observe as you browse about. Great old...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank legacyendeavors
Reviewed 2 October 2017

For $5, there's no reason why you shouldn't spend an hour or so at Pendarvis. Very interesting and informative tour, highlighting the history of Mineral Point and how Pendarvis is keeping it alive.

Date of experience: September 2017
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25 July 2018|
Response from PendarvisStaff | Property representative |
Thanks for your interest in visiting us! While we love dogs, we do not allow them into the buildings because of artifact conservation reasons. We welcome visitors to take their pups for a hike on our Merry Christmas Mine... More
20 February 2018|
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Response from bookshel | Reviewed this property |
I would plan an hour for he tour. Depending on the how many questions people in the group ask. If it is a nice day, you may want to wander around the grounds on your own. Mineral Point is a cool town...i can easily... More
Kathy K
30 September 2016|
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Response from allen_schroeder608 | Property representative |
There will be guided tours every day through October 31.