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Wade House

W7965 State Highway 23, Just off Hwy 23, Greenbush, WI 53026
+1 920-526-3271
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Civil War Re-enactment --the best! Carriage Museum -excellent!

We took visitors to the Civil War re-enactment Sept. 23-24. They agreed with us that it is the... read more

Reviewed 25 September 2017
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
Excellent Family Stop with Interesting Sites for Adults and Kids

Operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Wade House is an old stagecoach stop between... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Jeff A
Orlando, Florida
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Now in its 61st year of operation, Wade House historic site is owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Set upon 240 rolling acres near the northern reaches of the Kettle Moraine State Forest, the site celebrates the world of plank road stagecoach travel, horse-drawn transportation, and mid-19th-century settlement and town building. The new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum offers a rich array of exhibits providing orientation to the site and its themes. The wonder of Wisconsin's largest collection of carriages and wagons awaits each visitor to the site in the new, state-of-the-art 20,000 square-foot carriage museum. A visit to the site's historic area includes a guided tour of the 27-room stagecoach hotel built in 1850 and active demonstrations by costumed staff in the Dockstader Blacksmith Shop and Herrling Sawmill, which features an up-and-down saw powered by the Mullet River. Visitors are transported to and from the historic area via horse-drawn wagon, or they may enjoy a scenic boardwalk and walking trail. The Visitor Center includes a Gift Store and the Butternut Cafe, which offers lunch to museum visitors or travelers from 11 am - 2 pm daily.
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W7965 State Highway 23, Just off Hwy 23, Greenbush, WI 53026
+1 920-526-3271
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Reviewed 25 September 2017

We took visitors to the Civil War re-enactment Sept. 23-24. They agreed with us that it is the best historical re-enactment they had ever seen. The "camp" was huge, and the open fields and woods made us feel that we were in 1863!! We "cooled...More

Thank wisteacher25
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Wade House is an old stagecoach stop between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Wisconsin that was opened in the mid-1800's. It features a modern museum entrance with every kind of horse drawn vehicle you can imagine. To get to...More

Thank Jeff A
Reviewed 11 August 2017 via mobile

I am a Wisconsin Historical Society member and I stopped here with my 3 kids, ranging in age from 6-13. We went on a Monday, so there were only a handful of visitors there. The highlight of the trip was seeing a working water-powered saw...More

Thank Jfreitag
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We just happen to be driving by this on Hwy 23 and decided to stop. So glad we did. The carriage museum was beautiful and held so much history. We took a horse drawn carriage ride to the old inn and had a tour guide...More

Thank TomDeb_12
Reviewed 24 January 2017

We traveled the hour and a half from Madison to attend one of their events - dog sledding. First the dog sledding event: We thoroughly enjoyed it! Would do it again if there was snow. We had to ride in a go kart instead of...More

Thank SPTrophyWife
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We made a family visit to the Wade House and Jung Carriage museum recently. It was extra special due to the Christmas Weekend activities and a beautiful 2" topping of snow provided by mother nature. The museum is very well done. You get a good...More

Thank FXDWG05
Reviewed 18 October 2016

This site is a wonderful place for a "travel back in time" experience. The reenactment staff is so knowledgeable and willing to share their excitement for this place. We happened to stop at the site on a weekend when they were having a fall event....More

1  Thank Lenette H
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Wade House reminded us of Old World Wisconsin but on a smaller scale. The stagecoach museum is well designed and has great exhibits. The tour guide at the house/inn was friendly and knowledgeable. Note that there are three stories to this building, and you'll need...More

Thank WItraveller12
Reviewed 30 July 2016

Enjoyed our visit yesterday! Fran gave an excellent tour through the Wade House. Fun wagon ride to site. Interesting blacksmith and sawmill staff to answer questions. The carriage Museum is very nice. Grounds are beautiful. Well worth our stop off the highway!

Thank Peggy K
Reviewed 22 July 2016

This is a neat historic place to visit. You will see how they cut would for building, a blacksmith, a carriage museum and much more. You can also hitch a ride on a horse buggy. Really neat to see how people lived back in the...More

Thank Charles1019
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26 September 2017|
Response from wisteacher25 | Reviewed this property |
The Cafe was closed on Labor Day. I think it is now closed for the season, except perhaps weekends. We were disappointed about this.
21 February 2017|
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Response from FXDWG05 | Reviewed this property |
On our visit they running two different wagons. The one was fabric covered like you would picture crossing the plains. The second was a wood sided wagon with windows that would have been used for transporting passengers. I... More