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Wade House

About Wade House

Travel back to the 1860s during the height of westward expansion in America and the Civil War at Wade House, a Wisconsin Historical Site. Built between 1847 and 1851, the stately 27-room stagecoach inn once provided a welcome respite for weary travelers along the busy plank road between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac and is now the centerpiece of the Wade House experience. You'll also discover an authentic blacksmith shop, sawmill, and one of the country's most extensive collections of horse-drawn carriages at the Wesley Jung Carriage museum.

Enjoy interactive exhibits for the whole family as you explore Wade House with a taste of food from the kitchens, belly up to the bar in the taproom, play period games, meet friendly farm animals, and see sparks fly from the anvil or smell fresh sawdust at the mill.

Wade House historic site is located near Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive and is open daily, mid-May through mid-October, with special events throughout the year.


Wade House Special Events

8/12 - 10/7 Blacksmithing Workshops
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Saturday, August 12 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Knifemaking
Saturday, August 19 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Basic Blacksmithing
Saturday, September 9 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Knifemaking
Saturday, September 16 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Camping Gear
Saturday, October 7 | 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. | Basic Blacksmithing

Strike while the iron is hot, hear the “clang” of the hammer and feel the heat from the forge as you craft your own project during an interactive blacksmithing workshop at Wade House. Forging items with your own hands is a unique experience you will never forget. Learn the art of Blacksmithing from our skilled tradespeople in the 1860s Dockstader Blacksmith Shop. 

Knife Making: Forge 2 unique knives from various materials! Customize the handles with your own design to make distinctive knives only you have.

Blacksmithing Basics: In this workshop you'll craft the classic triangle ringer and 2 other projects the old fashioned way!

Camping Gear: Make this year's camping adventures more memorable with campfire gear you made yourself, including a tripod, fork and trammel! 


Adult (18-64): $225

Teen (13-17): $225
Senior (65+): $225


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Show off your artistic side at the site's annual Arts, Crafts, and Trades Fair. Shop over 80 vendor booths, watch artisan demonstrations, enjoy the food trucks and listen to live music.


$5 per person

Tickets may also be purchased onsite. 
Membership benefit is not applicable to this already discounted event.


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Breathe in the smell of the crisp fall leaves and celebrate the changing of the seasons at Wade House. Carve pumpkins and turnips, and dip candlesPlay snap apple, listen to scary stories and enjoy hot apple cider. Horse-drawn carriage rides will transport you around the site. The Wade House Stagecoach Inn, Dockstader Blacksmith Shop, Herrling Sawmill, and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum will be open to guests. 


This event is included with general admission.

Adult (18-64): $15.00 

Teen (13-17): $15.00 

Senior (65+): $13.00 

Child (5-12): $8.00 
Child (under 5): Free


11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal, prepared with your own hands, in the historic Wade House stagecoach hotel. You'll prepare unique 19th-century dishes on a wood-burning stove and over an open hearth fire just as Betsey Wade did more than 150 years ago. This event culminates in a wonderful sit-down, family-style meal in the lovely Wade House dining room. 

This meal's theme is German menu and includes potato leek soup, sauerbraten (spiced beef roast), spaetzle (German noodles), Dutch beans/carrots, Pennsylvania style sauerkraut, apple bread and krummkake (sour bream coffee cake).


$75 per person

Guests must be age 13 or older to attend. Advanced registration required, registration will end the Wednesday prior to the specific event date. 


10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Experience the wonder of a 19th-century Christmas at Wade House. The sights, sounds, and smells transport you back to when the holidays had a stronger focus on family gatherings and time together. The historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel halls will be decked out for the holiday season, showcasing how the Wade family and their many visitors would have celebrated the festive season. Activities include cookie decorating, games, scavenger hunts, old-fashioned decorations, classic holiday treats, crafts, live music and a reading of "The Night Before Christmas." 


Adult (18-64): $15
Teen (13-17): $15
Senior (65+): $13
Child (5-12): $8
Child Under 5: Free

Society members receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out.


Wade House Photos

Wade House Hours


May 27 – Nov 4

Wednesday – Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Visitor Center & Carriage Museum Only

Nov 5 – May 2024

10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Wade House is closed on the following holidays:
New Year’s Holidays & Weekend, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Easter, Thanksgiving Holiday & Weekend, Christmas Holiday & Weekend.

Wade House Admission


May 27 - Nov 4

Adults (18-64): $15

Teens (13-17): $15

Senior (65+): $13

Child (5-12): $8

Children under 5: FREE


Nov 5 - May 26

Adults (18-64): $8

Teens (13-17): $8

Senior (65+): $6

Child (5-12): $6

Children under 5: FREE

Wisconsin Historical Society members receive free general admission and 10% off events.


Contact Wade House

Just 26 minutes from Blue Harbor Resort in Sheboygan, WI.

W7965 WI-23 | Greenbush, WI 53026


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