Activities

Meet Abe Lincoln during Civil War Weekend at Wade House.

Experience the 1860s clash of arms and watch Union and Confederate troops set up camp, conduct drills and offer a variety of demonstrations. In addition to the programs listed below, you'll also have the opportunity to participate in special hands-on activities and attend presentations on civilian issues, women's issues, medical field hospitals, and Civil War era music. Activities run from 9 am-5 pm each day.

Rifleman on the battlefield.
Lincoln.
Washing clothing in camp.
Guitarist.
Wadehouse Inn.
Kids tent activity.

Watch Authentic Battle Reenactments

In a scene reminiscent of the summer of 1861, watch as hundreds of soldiers — cavalry, infantry and artillery — struggle across the field in a conflict depicted with startling accuracy and passion. In between the action, visitors can access the battlefield for an up-close look at the men, horses and equipment. Union and Confederate Armies skirmish at 11 am daily followed by a high-intensity, full-scale battle at 2 pm.

Attend President Lincoln's Talk

Listen as President Lincoln gives a press conference about the situation in 1861, the prospect of losing Missouri, the war effort, and trials to come. Fritz Klein, one of America's premier Abraham Lincoln presenters, will speak twice daily and stroll the grounds.

Explore Camp Life

Interact with Union and Confederate soldiers while you learn about 1860s camp life — the food, the lodging and the fellowship. Participate in demonstrations of military drills and medical scenarios while you tour the military and civilian camps.

Listen to Period Music

With war raging, music was a welcome retreat that entertained and relaxed the Civil War soldiers. Don't miss the many 1860s musical performances, including the Civil War military band concert.

Tour the Site

Your admission includes tours of the historic buildings on site, including a first-floor tour of Wade House stagecoach hotel, the Herrling Sawmill and the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, home to Wisconsin's most extensive collection of carriages, sleighs, wagons, and more.

Visit the Family Tent

Join us for games and crafts in the Family Tent, next to the Civil War building. Make a Civil War cockade. Play 19th century games, including stilts, hoop and stick races, and graces. See the Kids' Civil War Camp, where kids set up tents and drill like Civil War soldiers.


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