Experience Historic Hospitality from the Time of Horse-Drawn Carriages
Visiting Wade House takes you on a journey through Wisconsin’s past with tours of the Wade House Inn, as well as a blacksmith shop, sawmill, and the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. Wade House is named for the stagecoach hotel built by the first European settlers of the town, Sylvanus and Betsey Wade.
The inn, built between 1847 and 1851, was constructed conveniently between the cities of Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, along a well-used stagecoach trail. This made the 27-room Greek Revival hotel a popular resting point for weary travelers.
You’ll explore the inn and grounds, taste food from the kitchens, belly up to the bar in the taproom, play period games, meet friendly farm animals, see sparks fly from the anvil, smell fresh sawdust, and enjoy interactive exhibits for all ages!
Things To Do
WESLEY W. JUNG CARRIAGE MUSEUM
The wonder of Wisconsin’s largest collection of carriages and wagons awaits each visitor to in this modern, state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot carriage museum. The collection features nearly 100 carriages and vehicles that span the from 1870 to 1915 and interactive exhibits highlighting their history. OPEN YEAR ROUND!
WADE HOUSE HOTEL
See what a night on the stagecoach trail was like as you explore this expansive three-story, 27-room, Greek Revival hotel built by the Wades between 1847 and 1851. Constructed from local timber, the inn was built in the style you would expect to see in the more affluent eastern part of the United States, highlighting the early prosperity of the village. Tour the living spaces, kitchens, bedrooms, taproom, and more.
GROUNDS AND OTHER BUILDINGS
Enjoy the Wade House grounds at your leisure. Hear the hammer and anvil in the blacksmith shop and smell the fresh wood shavings in the sawmill. Meet the farm animals that call Wade House Home. Your journey through time will help you experience the lives of pioneers in the Wisconsin frontier.
Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition
Wade House Historic Site is celebrating the 150th birthday of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright with year-long displays of Wright carriages, exhibits, and speakers.
Wade House Gallery
Learn with the Wisconsin Historical Society
The best day of your school year awaits! Don’t just read about history, experience it! Field Trips at the Wisconsin Historical Society’s historic sites and museums allow students to step into the worlds they’re studying through fun adventures and engaging experiences around the state for grades k-12.