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Pendarvis will reopen for general admission in June 2023. While you wait, learn more about the site’s history, and take home a piece of the past, with the Pendarvis collection in our online store.

Shop Pendarvis History

Pendarvis will reopen for general admission in June 2023. While you wait, learn more about the site’s history, and take home a piece of the past, with the Pendarvis collection in our online store.

The Past Makes a Great Present

In this sepia tinted historic photo Bob & Edgar stand outside of Pendarvis looking casual

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 not only tells the stories of the people who originally created and inhabited them, but also that of Bob and Edgar who salvaged, restored, and made these buildings shine again.

Tucked away in a valley in historic Mineral Point, Pendarvis celebrates the groundbreaking community of the first Wisconsin “badgers.” As you approach this charming neighborhood, the 19th century will instantly come alive through the quintessential limestone buildings and cozy nooks. Unearth the significant lead and zinc mining heritage of Wisconsin and get a taste of life as a miner in the young Badger State.

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It's officially Christmas baking season!

Christmas was a busy time at Pendarvis House even though the restaurant would close annually in the fall. To make income in the off season, Pendarvis founders Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum started a mail order service of homemade Christmas treats shortly after they opened in the mid 1930s, and running it through the closure of the restaurant in 1970. Saffron and fruit cake, along with potted preserves, were shipped out all over the country and became a holiday tradition for many families.

Several letters in our archives display the regret many felt about the end of this Christmas tradition. "I am sorry to learn you may not be making cakes in the future. Over the years they have been something we looked forward to eating at Christmas time in our family." (letter from K.A. Bennett, dated 1/16/1971)

📸 Pendarvis Archives: 1) Cornish plum preserves tag that was tied to stoneware jars; 2) small box used to ship saffron cake; 3) advertisement for cake and preserve mail ordering
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5 days ago
Its officially Christmas baking season! 

Christmas was a busy time at Pendarvis House even though the restaurant would close annually in the fall. To make income in the off season, Pendarvis founders Bob Neal and Edgar Hellum started a mail order service of homemade Christmas treats shortly after they opened in the mid 1930s, and running it through the closure of the restaurant in 1970. Saffron and fruit cake, along with potted preserves, were shipped out all over the country and became a holiday tradition for many families. 

Several letters in our archives display the regret many felt about the end of this Christmas tradition. I am sorry to learn you may not be making cakes in the future. Over the years they have been something we looked forward to eating at Christmas time in our family.  (letter from K.A. Bennett, dated 1/16/1971)

📸 Pendarvis Archives: 1) Cornish plum preserves tag that was tied to stoneware jars; 2) small box used to ship saffron cake; 3) advertisement for cake and preserve mail orderingImage attachmentImage attachment

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6 days ago

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Pendarvis! We hope you're enjoying your pasty (or turkey) dinner today!

📸: Bob Neal serving pasty in the Pendarvis House restaurant (Pendarvis Archives)
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7 days ago
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Pendarvis! We hope youre enjoying your pasty (or turkey) dinner today! 

📸: Bob Neal serving pasty in the Pendarvis House restaurant (Pendarvis Archives)