W7824 Center St.
Greenbush Wisconsin 53026United States
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Learn about the history of this one-time stagecoach stop, which is also home to one of America's finest carriage collections.
Old Wade House ($11) is a delightful way to spend an hour or two. One of Wisconsin's state historic sites, the home was a popular stagecoach stop on the plank road connecting Sheboygan and Fond du Lac during the mid-19th century. There were hundreds of stagecoach inns in Wisconsin back then, but only a handful remain. Luckily, Old Wade House was preserved and restored, and today is a wonderful way to relive the stagecoach era. Start your tour by watching the 15-minute video about the history of the home, town and early transportation. Then wander the grounds. There are tours of Wade House on the hour by a costumed interpreter, who shows you every room in the three-story structure. You can also tour a working blacksmith shop and sawmill, where costumed interpreters will show you how to make nails or saw logs using water power from the adjacent dam -- just as folks did 150 years ago. One of the highlights is a stop at the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which contains nearly 100 horse- and hand-drawn vehicles crafted from 1870 to 1915. Most of the pieces have been totally restored; they include everything from milk carts, sleighs and cutters, to phaetons, racing buggies and, yes, a stagecoach. If you've been walking around the grounds until now, you might want to hop on the horse-drawn wagon that regularly circles the property. Old Wade House also contains a restaurant and gift shop and runs special events throughout the season, such as a Civil War Weekend and Breakfast at the Inn.