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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

4/20 Old Farm Country Cookbook
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1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Wade House’s Taproom Talks Speaker Series brings celebrated authors and historians to Wade House for lively discussions of their thought-provoking work. Each Taproom Talk includes a special presentation, a live Q&A and on many occasions the opportunity to purchase a book signed by the author.

Return to an era when all food was local and farming was a family-run affair!  Author Susan Apps-Bodilly, daughter of beloved storyteller Jerry Apps, will highlight the farm family food that only her paternal grandmother knew how to make. While sampling dishes from Eleanor App’s Depression Era recipe box in the Wade House Stagecoach Inn, you’ll take a culinary tour of life on a Wisconsin farm during the Depression and World War II. By sharing personal stories, menus, and family photos, Apps-Bodilly will recall a time when electricity had not yet found its way to the farm, when making sauerkraut was a family endeavor, and when homemade ice cream tasted better than anything you could buy at the store. 

Susan Apps-Bodilly is the author of One Room Schools and coauthor with Jerry Apps of Old Farm Country Cookbook. She has been an elementary and middle school educator in rural and urban school districts in Wisconsin and Ohio and currently teaches second grade. 


Adult (18-64): $7
Teen (13-17): $7
Senior (65+): $5
Child (5-12): $5
Child Under 5: Free

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


Have you ever wondered what it was like to drive a carriage? In this entertaining and educational clinicparticipants, along with their equine partners and horse-drawn vehicles, will be taught carriage driving skills by expert trainer Nicole Cable. A lover of horses since she was small, Cable has become one of the most revered and sought after trainers of carriage horses in the country. She will conduct 45-minute individual lessons on your choice of topic, such as harnessing, rein and whip handling or training a green horse. Clinic participants will also be able to tour the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. Must be 13+ to participate.  


Saturday, May 18, 2024
Lesson Times: 
8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. 

Sunday, May 19, 2024
Lesson Times: 7:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 2:30 p.m.


Your ticket purchase time is your start time.  

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to this time. 


$100 per person

Advanced registration is recommended. Guests must be 13+ to attend.
Society members receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out.


Strike while the iron is hot, hear the “clang” of the hammer and feel the heat from the forge as you learn the art of blacksmithing in the 1860s-era Dockstader Blacksmith Shop. You’ll shape unique knives from various materials and customize the handles with your own design to make a distinctive, one-of-a-kind knife. Full-day workshop participants will forge two knives, while half-day participants will forge one knife. Forging items with your own hands is a unique experience you will never forget. 


Full-day Workshop | Saturday, May 18, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  
Half-day Workshop | Saturday, June 22, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon  
Half-day Workshop | Saturday, October 5, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - Noon  


Full-day Workshop - $225 per person 
Half-day Workshop - $125 per person  
Society members receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out.   


Your whole family can travel back in time with a slow-paced stagecoach journey through the picturesque rolling landscape of the Kettle Moraine. Each ride on our replica Concord stagecoach lasts approximately 30 minutes and includes an opportunity to meet the horses and take photos with them. Pre-registration is recommended, though rides will be offered on the day of the event as space allows. This handsome coach can comfortably accommodate six passengers per tour, though we may be able to squeeze up to ten – contact us beforehand if your group has more than six individuals. 


Saturday, May 25, 2024  

Saturday, June 15, 2024 

Saturday, July 13, 2024 

Saturday, August 10, 2024 

Saturday, September 14, 2024 

Ride Times (every 45 minutes) 

10:00 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 3:45 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. 

Your ticket purchase time is your stagecoach ride start time.  

Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to this time. 



Adult (18-64): $15
Teen (13-17): $15
Senior (65+): $13
Child (5-12): $10
Child Under 5: $3

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


Everyone in the family can get close-up view of life in a 19th century stagecoach inn during this weekend of special activities at Wade House. The curated experience starts with your own horse-drawn wagon ride to the Wade House Historic Site. Once there, you’ll meet our tradespeople and get your hands dirty, with firsthand demonstrations of the tools and techniques folk used hundreds of years ago to craft buildings, carriages and other essential items. Our gardener and cook will also show you how Betsey Wade – one of the inn’s founders – grew and prepared food for guests. And bring a camera: our farm animals are ridiculously photogenicFamilies who complete a photo-based scavenger hunt will receive a special item from our gift shop. Food and drinks available for purchase. 


Saturday, June 15, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 

Sunday, June 16, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 



Adult (18-64): $15 
Teen (13-17): $15 
Senior (65+): $13 
Child (5-11): $8 
Children under 5: Free 
Society members receive free admission 


Imagine yourself on the porch of a stately, Greek revival stagecoach inn, savoring a cocktail as the sun settles on the longest day of the year. Better yet, give your imagination a rest and reserve your spot for this hands-on evening of craft cocktail making in the taproom of the Wade House. You’ll learn mixology tips and tricks while you indulge in samples of each cocktail and nibble on snacks or appetizers that pair with the drink. Must be 21+ to participate.


Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


Adult (21-64): $35 
Senior (65+): $33 

Guests must be 21+.
Society members receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out. 


Finish off your week in style with pizza and drinks at the historic Wade House. We’ll celebrate founder Betsey Wade’s hospitality at the stagecoach inn with live music, food and drinks. Delicious Marzano Pizza Company pies will be available for purchase by the slice, half or whole, along with salads, soft drinks, beer and wine.

Event Details

Friday, June 28, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Friday, July 26, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Friday, August 23, 2024 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 


Free admission

Food and beverages will be available for purchase.


Come see horses of every size, shape, and color hitched to elegant carts and carriages compete for division championships. Celebrate horsepower during this rare three-day weekend of competitions in our brand-new horse arena and throughout the grounds at Wade House Historic Site. A horse-drawn carriage will transport you to the contest grounds, where you will view teams of drivers and horses performing together as they attempt to master a series of trials designed to showcase their versatility, training and talents.  

Drivers will be dressed to impress in their best finery – Ladies wearing elegant hats and gentlemen in dapper boaters will drive their horses in a series of competitive classes designed to test the skills of the drivers and the athleticism of the horses. The devil is in the details of this equestrian competition, as drivers try to impress the expert American Driving Society certified judges to win the coveted blue ribbon. At the competition ring witness a variety of carriages – genuine antiques, reproductions and even modern vehicles. Watch the action up close! You’ll thrill at the sounds of the horses breathing and feel their footfall as they demonstrate different gaits and navigate courses under the subtle commands of their drivers. 


Friday, July 19, 2024 | Noon - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 20, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 2024 | 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Adult (18-64): $17
Teen (13-17): $17
Senior (65+): $15
Child (5-12): $8.50
Child Under 5: Free 


Adult (18-64): $27
Teen (13-17): $27
Senior (65+): $25
Child (5-12): $12.50
Child Under 5: Free 

Tickets may also be purchased onsite. 
Society members  receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out. 


It’s an arts and crafts fair done Wade House style. Wander our beautiful, historic grounds as you browse the offerings of more than 50 carefully selected artists and craftspeople. Potters, quilters, metal workers, woodworkers and herbalists are just some of the trades represented. Find that must-have piece of whimsy for your garden, fine art for your living room wall or artisan foods for your pantry, all while you nosh on tasty snacks, listen to live music and watch craft demonstrations. Come for the day and enjoy a delightful late summer afternoon while exploring this historic stagecoach site. Horse-drawn wagon rides will take you around in style.


Sunday, August 25, 2024| 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 


$5 per person 

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


Gather ‘round the long table for a communal, open air, farm-to-table feast highlighting the Kettle Moraine’s autumnal bounty, with locally sourced produce, wine, camaraderie and warm spirits. As the weather cools and the leaves change, Chef Jeff Mallegni will prepare a delightful dinner celebrating Wisconsin’s agricultural heritage and incorporating vegetables, herbs and edible flowers from Wade House’s own gardensBegin with charcuterie highlighting locally cured meats and artisanal cheeses, feast on a lemon ginger cider brined pork tenderloin with a rum cider glaze and top it off with a rustic apple galette. Wash it all down with menu-inspired mocktails and cocktailsGuests must be 18 years of age or older to attend. 

Event Details 

Saturday, September 28, 2024 | 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 


Adult (18-64): $150
Senior (65+): $150

Advanced registration is required. Guests must be 18+ to attend.

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


It’s fall in the Kettle Moraine! Celebrate this most colorful time of the year with traditional autumnal activities for the entire family. Try your hand at pumpkin or turnip carving, apple pressing and festive games like Snap AppleThe celebration continues in the candlelit Herrling Sawmill where visitors will not only hear the rumble of an up-and-down water-powered saw but also spooky, family-friendly accounts of tales from the past.  Warm up with hot apple cider and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides through the site. The Wade House Stagecoach Inn, Dockstader Blacksmith Shop, Herrling Sawmill and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum will be open to guests. 


Saturday, October 12, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Sunday, October 13, 2024 | 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 



Adult (18-64): $15.00  
Teen (13-17): $15.00  
Senior (65+): $13.00  
Child (5-12): $8.00  
Child (under 5): Free 

Society membersreceive free admission, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out.  


Come on down to the Wade House taproom and experience a typical evening in what was the social hub of 19th-century life for Greenbush locals and weary travelers alike. Sample specialty beers and apple cider and nosh on snacks as you explore this stately Greek Revival hotel. Musical entertainment provided by Ric Tic!, an up-and-coming eclectic band from Plymouth. Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. 

Event Details 

Thursday, October 24, 2024 | 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Adult (21-64): $20 
Senior (65+): $20 

Guests must be 21 years of age or older to attend. Advanced registration is required.
Society members receive a 10% discount, please verify your membership where prompted to receive discount at check out.  


Enjoy a delicious hearth-cooked meal prepared with your own hands in the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel. From wild rice soup and pork ragout to a Yankee pot roast served alongside brethren cheddar bread and apple pandowdy, you’ll cook delicious and authentic 1800s-style meals over wood-burning stoves just as Wade House matriarch Betsey Wade did more than 150 years ago. Once food is ready, sit down and enjoy the fruits of your labor during a family-style dinner in the elegant and lovely Wade House dining room. 

Meal Themes

German: Includes potato leek soup, sauerbraten (spiced beef roast), spaetzle (German noodles), Dutch beans/carrots, Pennsylvania style sauerkraut, apple bread, and krumkake (sour cream coffee cake).  

Event Details 

Wisconsin Winter | Saturday, February 17, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. (SOLD OUT)


German | Saturday, November 2, 2024 | 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.



$75 per person

Guests must be age 13 or older to attend.  

Advanced registration is required by the Thursday prior to the event. 

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


The sights, sounds, and smells of the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel will transport you back to the holidays of yesteryear, when the season held a stronger focus on family gatherings and time together The halls of the picturesque inn will be decked out for the holidaysshowcasing how the Wade family and their many visitors would have celebrated classic 19th-century Yankee and German-influenced ChristmasEnjoy classic holiday treats, crafts, live music and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas at the innThe festivities continue in the Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, where seasonal décor, a scavenger hunt, live music, and children’s activities will add to the festive spirit.  


Saturday, December 14, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 15, 2024 | 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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

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


Wade House Photos

Wade House Hours


May 25 – Nov 3, 2024

Wednesday – Sunday
10:00 am – 5:00 pm


Visitor Center & Carriage Museum Only

Nov 11 – May 18, 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 25 - Nov 3, 2024

Adults (18-64): $15

Teens (13-17): $15

Senior (65+): $13

Child (5-12): $8

Children under 5: FREE


Nov 11 - May 18, 2024

Adults (18-64): $8

Teens (13-17): $8

Senior (65+): $6

Child (5-12): $4

Children under 5: FREE

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


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

W7965 WI-23 | Greenbush, WI 53026


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