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.


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2018 Upcoming Events


2018 Tour season goes thru end of October.  Hope to see you there!


Historic Home Tours at Orchard Lawn begin on Friday, May 25th at noon.

We have two new exhibits for 2018.

The Whimsical World of Ava Fernekes & World War I exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden.

Tours hours are Friday & Saturday from Noon until 4PM.  Sunday from Noon until 3PM.

Cost is $7 for adults and $5 for children under the age of 12.

Tours are not open when private events are in progress at Orchard Lawn.

Listed are the available dates for the the remaining weeks in Octobers 2018 tours:

Friday, October 12th & Sunday, October 14th

Friday, October 19th & Sunday, Oct 21st

Friday, October 26th, Saturday, October 27th,

& final tour date Sunday, October 28th



















Last Chance to See Ava Fernekes Exhibit at Orchard Lawn

The Mineral Point Historical Society wishes to extend an invitation to the public to attend a special reception concluding the exhibition, The Whimsical World of Ava Fernekes on Friday, October 26, from 6 to 8 pm
The show features fifty examples of the artist’s best paintings, pottery and rosemaling.  Ava and her celebrated artist husband Max Fernekes worked in Mineral Point for fifty years producing a vast and varied array of art and were recently featured in the Summer issue of Wisconsin Magazine of History.
Come meet guest curator Cliff Krainik from Warrenton, Virginia and share with him any story you may have about Ava and Max for possible inclusion in his upcoming biography of the dynamic duo.  Free to the public. 
For more information please contact Orchard Lawn at 608.558.1937, or visit their websitewww.orchardlawn.org ;



Visit the premier exhibition

of the playful creations of Mineral Point artist Ava Fernekes, featuring over fifty examples of her best paintings, pottery and rosemailing selected from private collection, and presented by guest curator Cliff Krainik.  Some of the more unusual items on display include Ava’s kitchen door with her family portrait, several rosemaled mousetraps, a selection of paintings of Children of the World, and dozens of her fanciful works in pottery.



photos kindly shared by Ray Barth



World War I Exhibit featuring Dr. Homer D. Ludden

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.”












Jammin’ on the Porch Concert Series

2nd Friday of June thru September, 6-8PM at Orchard Lawn


Grab your chairs, blankets, family and friends and join us for an eventing of music, food, and drinks as we complete another successful concert series brought to you by the Mineral Point Historical Society.


June 8th – Home Bound sponsored by Carrie Miller and American Family Insurance

Join us out on the lawn for a evening of music, food, drinks, and friends as Home Bound kicks off our Summer Concert Series with their own captivating style of vocal harmonies.




July 13th – Cupola

Join us out on the lawn with sounds of Indie, Pop, Rock ’n’ Roll, & Gospel from Cupola. From the Man in Black to Motown, big belt blues, lush, smoky ballads, dance and original tunes, Cupola is a wild musical ride.

The band are Jesse J Bauman on killer guitar and harmonies, Lily Bragge: powerhouse vocals, and Gregory ‘Salty’ Merrick on smooth rhythms and beats.



Aug 10th – Dealin’

Join us for a lazy, summer evening with some rythym and rockin’ blues layed out by Dealin’

Dealin was founded in 1984 by drummer Mike “Mic” McDonough as a rhythm and blues band that has featured some of the best talent over the years. The current lineup has been together since 1988. They are Steve Brown (Vocals, guitar), Tim ‘Skip’ Kindlon (vocals, guitar), Jed Gordon (vocals, keyboards), Roland Schuetz (saxophone), Albert Evans (bass), and of course, Mike ‘Mic’ McDonough (drums).


Sept 14th – Beth Kille

Beth Kille is a 22-time Madison Area Music Association (MAMA) award winning artist from Madison, WI who has been cranking out Americana-Rock tunes since 2000. From solo house concerts to full-band festival shows, her love for the stage and genuine passion for performance shine through in all settings. Kille’s stage prowess was recognized in 2011 when she received Artist of the Year honors at the Madison Area Music Awards. She has also been honored twice with the MAMA for Female Vocalist of the Year (’06, ’10) and was nominated for Singer-Songwriter of the Year in 2014 and for Female Vocalist of the Year in 2017 and 2018 by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI). She joined forces with the guitarist Michael Tully in 2012 when he agreed to play on her award winning album, “Dust.” Tully, who won the 2015 MAMA Guitarist of the Year Award, easily matches Kille’s energy on stage with his lightening fast guitar work and New Yorker swagger.


New this season – Cress Spring Bakery out of Bluemounds, WI will also be serving up flaming hot pizzas from their mobile wood-fired pizza wagon, as well as some tasty appetizers, and desserts!



One week prior to event Cress Spring Bakery will be accepting pre-orders to help them plan the amount of dough for our event.  Walk ups are accepted during event.  The mobile wood-fired pizza wagon will begin making pizzas 1/2 hour (5:30) before music begins.











Visit their website @ http://cressspringbakery.com




  Private Events

We will be closed to the public on the following dates in 2018 for Private Events at Orchard Lawn:

Feb 17th

March 10th

June 23rd

July 7th

Aug 4th

Aug 18th

Sept 22nd

Oct 6th

Oct 13th

Oct 20th