MINERAL POINT, WISCONSIN.: About 50 miles (80 kilometers) from Madison, about 130 miles (209 kilometers) from Milwaukee, HISTORIC SITE: Open daily, May 7-Oct. Workshop details: STAGE: Performance schedules, CORNISH FESTIVAL: Sept. It was not as rich agriculturally as Mecklenburg, had fewer small farms, and more great estates.The tiny, 20-seat premises sold Cornish pasties (meat and potatoes wrapped in pastry), saffron cake and tea.Neal had lived in London, working with the interior decorator Syrie Maugham, wife of author Somerset Maugham, and the English sensibilities he brought to the restaurant quickly made it a hit among the intelligentsia.Frank Lloyd Wright, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Sinclair Lewis and Duncan Hines all dined there.Eleanor Roosevelt was reportedly once turned away for showing up late and The Saturday Evening Post named it one of the finest restaurants in the country."Everyone is important here and no one is too important," says Diana Johnston, a potter, who lives with her husband in the malting tower of an old brewery which they have converted into a pottery studio."People are following their dreams whatever those dreams are and that makes for such a great sense of creative spirit and adventure and fun."Bruce Howdle, who creates enormous ceramic sculptures, attributes the town's draw to the "three A's — art, antiques and architecture, as well as the rolling hills, the extraordinary collage of people and the welcoming environment."There is also figgyhobbin, .50 a slice at the Red Rooster cafe.
And it is one of the few places in the world — other than Cornwall, England — where you can feast on a raisin-studded pastry called figgyhobbin.(AP Photo/Helen O'Neill) (The Associated Press) MINERAL POINT, Wis.(AP) — This tiny town is a charming place where old stone buildings hug the hills, and artists' galleries, pottery studios and antique shops line the streets.But perhaps the most extraordinary thing about Mineral Point, (population 2,500), nestled in the hills of southern Wisconsin, is that it even exists.Mineral Point's original lead miners lived in crude shelters that resembled badger holes and were the origins of Wisconsin's nickname, The Badger State.Instead a poster outside offers a vague description ("A riveting drama about two boys who find a fugitive — who is very nice-looking and often shirtless") and movie-goers are left to guess the film.