Calendar of Events2018-10-08T17:55:27+00:00

Calendar of Events ~

Please watch for the opening of our 2018 Tour Season at end of May.

We are always happy to arrange for a special tour.  

To make arrangement, please call 608.558.1937 or

contact Michelle Mettlach, Manager,

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 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 ;


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.











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Past Events for 2018



Crossing the Line

The Mineral Point Historical Society is again sponsoring a traveling exhibit from the Wisconsin Historical Society. This year’s exhibit is hosted by the Mineral Point Public Library. The exhibit will be found in the lower level of the library from January 17-February 6, 2018. It will be available for viewing during library hours.

The exhibit, “Crossing the Line: The Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968″,” examines segregation and the Milwaukee Fair Housing Marches of 1967-1968. It asks, “How do citizens work for change when faced with injustice? How can individuals make a difference?”

The traveling display commemorates the 50th anniversary of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches by examining the practices and prejudices that led to segregation in Milwaukee and chronicling the school desegregation and fair housing movements of the 1960s. It also asks the question, “What can you do to end segregation today?”

The eight panels of “Crossing the Line” tell the story of Milwaukee’s civil rights marches in simple language, with reproductions of 33 historic photographs and documents. The display is most suitable for secondary schools and the general public.

The Wisconsin Historical Society gratefully acknowledges the Milwaukee County Historical Society, Wisconsin Black Historical Society and Museum, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and March on Milwaukee 50th Anniversary Coordinating Committee for their help developing content for “Crossing the Line.”





So You Want to Restore Your Old House?

The Mineral Point Historical Society will begin its 2018 Lyceum Series on January 21with the Society’s annual meeting at 1 pm. and the lyceum program immediately following at 2 p.m. at the United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street. All members are encouraged to attend the annual meeting. The community is cordially invited to its program, “So You Want to Restore Your Old House?”
A panel of local preservationists will discuss projects they have undertaken, hurdles they have overcome, getting started, finding the right professionals, resources, and preserving the integrity of the house.
The panel will open the discussion to the audience following their comments.
If you’ve been considering restoring your old house but can quite get started, or if you’ve begun and are stopped by perplexing questions, be sure to come to get some of those questions answered. Or, if you’re simply interested in preservation, come to learn more about the process.
Everyone is welcome. The program is free, although donations to the Society’s programming are gratefully accepted. Refreshments follow.





Over Here:    The Wisconsin Homefront in World War I

2nd Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday February 25, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI

Speaker: Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History at the Wisconsin Historical Society     

Shortly after the United States entered the European War in April 1917, Wisconsin became known as America’s “Traitor State.”  Its large proportion of German citizens, active Socialist party, and anti-war Senator, Robert La Follette, helped create this perception.  Some Wisconsinites sought to prove their loyalty and patriotism through sacrifice and hard work; others resorted to vigilantism.

Leslie Bellais, Curator of Social History, will discuss the ways a variety of Wisconsin citizens experienced the state’s tension-filled atmosphere during the 18 months America participated in World War I.

BONUS: Following the program, Mary Knudson will be present to offer her new book, The Mills of Iowa County, for sale.

Free.  Everyone invited.  Refreshments. Join Us!



Women Activists in Wisconsin History

3rd and Final Lyceum of the Season ~ Sunday March 18, 2 p.m. @ First United Methodist Church, 400 Doty Street, Mineral Point WI

Speaker: Paula Dail, feminist, activist, and author 

Paula Dail along with Kathy Steffen, an award-winning writer from Spring Green and one of the essayists in Dail’s new book, who will read from her essay, “The Birth of an Activist.”  Both Paula and Kathy will be available for a book signing following the lecture.

Free.  Everyone invited.  Refreshments. Join Us!


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