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Address: 114 Shakerag St, Mineral Point, WI 53565-1063
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Interesting historical site

We did the self-guided tour with very helpful brochure that we were given on entering the site. The buildings are very well restored, filled with interesting artifacts and... read more

Reviewed 26 August 2016
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Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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Cascade, Wisconsin
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44 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 August 2016

The tour guide gave a nice oral history of Cornish miners and lead mining in the area. The buildings were a disappointment - they are neither all original nor authentic reproductions. So many add-ons and very little items/artifacts from the mining time. They have some antiques in them - nothing that the tour guide could guarantee was from the Cornish... More 

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Pendarvis S, Staff at Pendarvis, responded to this review

You have identified some of the most basic challenges of social history sites. In trying to be true to the evolving nature of the life of common people, we have not chosen a single time period nor deconstructed the layers of change that happen in the ongoing lives of buildings and landscapes. Instead we have created a tour that looks... More 

Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota
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87 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

We did the self-guided tour with very helpful brochure that we were given on entering the site. The buildings are very well restored, filled with interesting artifacts and explanations of the early history of Wisconsin. Definitely worth a visit.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the tour and interpretive information, however I was continually distracted by the gap in the story about the two men who started the whole thing. Were they gay or not? I understand it's a small town but it's the 21st century, you can plant your rainbow flag high if you want to.

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Whitewater, Wisconsin
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149 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

I had been here years ago, but now the tour includes a lot more information and places to go in. For a good look at the past, stop in here! $10 for the tour regardless if you go on your own with a booklet or go with a guide. Our guide added a lot of local color - hook up... More 

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Chicago
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335 reviews
195 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

Worth the stop but I couldn't ignore the cobwebs and dust. The guide did a very good job explaining and sharing stories about the interesting history of mining in the region and the eccentric owners of the restored houses. She made the site come alive.

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Thank dekalbill
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
1 review
Reviewed 18 August 2016

The place we stayed at was very peaceful. However, it was not geared for people who have handicap issues---too many stairs. The bunk bed was difficult for a lady in her late 70's. It would be nice to mention this in the advertisement.

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New York
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109 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 August 2016

As a Wisconsin native, it was great after living out of the state for over 30 yrs. to finally learn why Wisconsin is called the Badger State on the Pendarvis tour - it's because the early lead miners actually lived in dug-out caves like badgers. Loved learning about how Bon & Edgar saved this area from decline, preserving a great... More 

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Milwaukee
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112 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

We have toured other historic sites managed by the state historical society. In general, we have found them very interesting and well maintained. The Pendarvis site grounds seemed a bit shabby and overgrown with weeds. The restrooms in the visitor's center were very outdated and shabby. The buildings on the Pendarvis site were interesting, but since we took the self-guided... More 

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Ocean Isle Beach, NC
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17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

We are visiting friends in WI and they said lets take a drive to Mineral Point and visit the Pendarvis house. It was a 2 hour ride and I said OK but really did not want to travel 2 hours to see one house. When we got there we signed up for the guided walking tour through the property. Grace... More 

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Wisconsin Rapids
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Took the one hour guided tour which was good, although the book for the self paced tour (which costs the same) tells you more than the guide did. Very interesting preservation of old limestone cottages. Sort of expected more, but recommend for families and children.

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