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See You in Spring 2024!

Thanks for another great season! We reopen for general admission in May 2024. Our online shop is always open—find unique merchandise for the history lover, from made in Wisconsin items to beer and brewing, home goods, apparel and more.

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Discover Wisconsin’s Cornish
History and the Couple
Who Helped Preserve It

Every building tells a story, and at Pendarvis, there are plenty, each with a unique narrative to tell. Your journey through this picturesque cluster of stone structures will take you not only through the stories of the people who originally created and inhabited them, but also the story of Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum, the couple who  salvaged, restored, and made these buildings shine again. 


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Tucked away in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the 20th century preservation efforts of

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Happy birthday to Edgar Gorby Hellum!

Edgar was born on this day in 1906 in Stoughton, Wisconsin. In 1934, he met Robert Neal, and together as business and life partners, they spent the rest of their lives promoting and preserving history. Their biggest endeavor was operating the Pendarvis House restaurant and restoring the surrounding buildings from 1935-1970, which make up Pendarvis Historic Site today.

📸Edgar on the front step of Pendarvis House, ca 1935. Before Pendarvis House became well known as a restaurant, it operated as an antique shop that served Cornish tea.
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Happy birthday to Edgar Gorby Hellum! 

Edgar was born on this day in 1906 in Stoughton, Wisconsin. In 1934, he met Robert Neal, and together as business and life partners, they spent the rest of their lives promoting and preserving history. Their biggest endeavor was operating the Pendarvis House restaurant and restoring the surrounding buildings from 1935-1970, which make up Pendarvis Historic Site today.

📸Edgar on the front step of Pendarvis House, ca 1935. Before Pendarvis House became well known as a restaurant, it operated as an antique shop that served Cornish tea.

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This is wonderful...he was such a kind man, to my mom. Working for Bob and Edgar, had to be the most peaceful years my mom ever knew. True gentle...men

he was a great person, very talented

My "god"parents - Edgar & Bob. Oft said, "if not for Bob, there wouldn't he a Pendarvis; if not for Edgar, no one would come." Reversed is true too 🥰

Do you or someone you know love history? Want to work at a place spanning over a hundred and fifty years of Wisconsin’s history? Are you in the Mineral Point and Belmont areas?

Apply for a summer job with the Wisconsin Historical Society at Pendarvis and First Capitol! Help guide guests through the buildings and grounds and experience first hand all the awesome events put on at the site. Apply online, add your resume with your experience--even if it’s only a little--and we will get in touch with you! No experience necessary! We would be happy to have you!

Returning staff need not apply online, you will receive an email.

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3 weeks ago
Do you or someone you know love history? Want to work at a place spanning over a hundred and fifty years of Wisconsin’s history? Are you in the Mineral Point and Belmont areas?

Apply for a summer job with the Wisconsin Historical Society at Pendarvis and First Capitol! Help guide guests through the buildings and grounds and experience first hand all the awesome events put on at the site. Apply online, add your resume with your experience--even if it’s only a little--and we will get in touch with you! No experience necessary! We would be happy to have you!

Returning staff need not apply online, you will receive an email. 

https://wihist.org/3uxvOoa

We have an exciting new restoration project in the works! Our friends at Rock Church Construction INC have removed the windows and doors of both Pendarvis and Polperro houses. Work was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office and will follow all restoration standards.

Trelawny’s windows and doors were restored last year (which you can see here) and we can’t wait to see these other two buildings when finished.
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1 month ago
We have an exciting new restoration project in the works! Our friends at Rock Church Construction INC have removed the windows and doors of both Pendarvis and Polperro houses. Work was approved by the State Historic Preservation Office and will follow all restoration standards.

Trelawny’s windows and doors were restored last year (which you can see here) and we can’t wait to see these other two buildings when finished.Image attachmentImage attachment

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