The Brit List: The 10 Most British Towns in America

Mineral Point, Wisconsin

High Street in Mineral Point, Wisconsin. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Figgyhobbin, a beef and raisin pasty, is a specialty of Cornwall’s distinctive cuisine that has migrated to the tiny town of Mineral Point, Wisconsin. The town was settled in 1827, attracting Cornish miners as their own mines began to run down. The Cornish miners wrote home about the nearby rich, fertile prairies, prompting their farming cousins to follow.

While Mineral Point now relies on tourism, Wisconsin’s Cornish connection flourishes. The Cornish Society of Greater Milwaukee was founded in 1985 to preserve Cornish heritage and stimulate interest in the county’s traditions and culture. The society awards a yearly scholarship and participates in ethnic festivals in Wisconsin.

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William Kay

Bill Kay was a London business journalist until he emigrated to Pasadena, ten miles north of Los Angeles, from where he writes a financial advice column for the London Sunday Times. He was City Editor of The Times and the Mail on Sunday and has written a dozen books, including a Pasadena murder-mystery novel, as well as dipping into screenwriting and stand-up comedy. He attended Westminster City School and The Queen's College, Oxford, and still manages to follow Chelsea Football Club. He has two adult sons, Andrew and Ben - and two grandchildren, Jackson and Indiana - all in London.

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