Pendarvis Wisconsin Historic Site

Mineral Point, Wisconsin has a strong Cornish heritage and lead mining history.  In the early 1800’s when the mines in Cornwall, England started closing up, the miners emigrated to the USA in search of work, eventually settling in this corner of the Midwest. Today, the Pendarvis Historic Site allows visitors to take a look into past.

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Mineral Point, Wisconsin – The Most Cornish Town In The USA

Mineral Point is one of the oldest towns in Wisconsin thanks to the lead mining industry. It also has a strong Cornish heritage!  Cornwall is a county in the UK (and a place I have visited 6 times, it holds a special place in my heart!).  In the early 1800’s when the mines in Southwest England started to close down, the Cornish miners emigrated to the ‘New World’ in search of work.  Some miners settled in Mineral Point.  During the 25th Annual Cornish Festival, I decided to dig deep and find some of the British connections!

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English Afternoon Tea at the Inspire Cafe in Dubuque, Iowa

When I moved to America I thought I’d never get to have a British cream tea ever again.  Then Dubuque decided to throw out one better, a FULL English Afternoon Tea experience at the Inspire Cafe in the historic Millwork District!  The Afternoon Tea tradition dates back to the 1800s.  They usually include: a pot of tea, finger sandwiches, cake and scones (cream teas are smaller and only have scones and tea).  When my American family came over for our wedding in the UK, we took them to a tea room for an English Cream Tea and we even served it at our wedding reception!

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