The Mineral Point Historical Society (MPHS) is a private, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the unique history of Mineral Point, located in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin. Our headquarters is the beautiful 19th century Italianate mansion and grounds known as Orchard Lawn.
We offer tours of this estate, sponsor events and programs for our community throughout the year and rent our facilities for private events, especially weddings.
MPHS is an important resource for historians, genealogists and anyone interested in the past, present or future of Mineral Point and the surrounding area. Our organization accepts not one penny of local, state or federal tax money – instead we operate and thrive because of the generosity and commitment of our friends, members and volunteers.
We invite you to visit us in Mineral Point.
The Mineral Point Historical Society is Up to Something!
Remaining 2017 Events
Upcoming Winter Events!!
Christmas with the Mineral Point Historical Society
Join us on Saturday, December 2nd, when we join the Gallery Night festivities with Caroling on High. Meet at 6 p.m. at the Cornish Park next to the theater. All you need bring is yourself and your Christmas spirit. We’ll carol on the streets for about an hour.
On Saturday, December 9th, from 1-4, we welcome you to Orchard Lawn for our annual Christmas House Party. We’ll remember World War I with a story of the World War I Christmas truce, Christmas chamber music, a lively Christmas carol singalong, followed by festive food and drink, and a dancing fire in the cheerfully adorned library.
Christmas is a time to remember others, so please bring a donation for the Mineral Point Food Pantry or the Iowa County Humane Society.
Orchard Lawn Historic House Tours have come to an end for the 2017 season!
Make it a priority in 2018 to see our newest WWI Exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden! We are planning additional new exhibits for 2018!!!
In 2006, an old Army trunk in the attic of a Mineral Point home was opened, revealing artifacts from World War I. These items, seldom seen in nearly 100 years, provide a fascinating glimpse into the life of a Mineral Point surgeon’s life on the front lines of France in 1918. The items included over 200 letters written by Dr. Homer D. Ludden back to his wife in Mineral Point, detailing the fierce fighting and unimaginable conditions of a medical unit during a war in which the new killing technology far outpaced the existing medical technology. Dr. Ludden returned from the war and continued his medical practice in Mineral Point, making house calls, delivering babies and operating on farmhouse tables. Dr. Ludden became one of Mineral Point’s most beloved citizens. The Mineral Point Historical Society has developed an engaging exhibit called, “Dr. Homer D. Ludden, Mineral Point Doctor, Soldier, Citizen.”
2018 Tour season begins end of May and goes thru end of October. Hope to see you there!
Tour Hours will be:
Friday noon – 4PM
Saturday noon – 4PM
Sunday noon – 3PM
We will be closed to the public on the following dates in 2018 for Private Events at Orchard Lawn: