Events Calendar

  1. Hearthside Dinner

    Apr 26, 2014   11 am-3 pm Wade House bustles with activity as guests anticipate a savory meal of a bygone era. Guests participate in a special Hearthside Dinner program, living the history of the 1860s as they work together to prepare a meal in the kitchens of the Wade House stagecoach inn. The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as stove and fireplace fires are lit and guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their midday meal as Betsey Wade routinely did for stagecoach travelers a century and a half ago.

    After all the preparations and cooking are completed, participants will enjoy the fruits of their labors in the Wade House dining room, sitting down to a delicious and abundant dinner (view or download a Hearthside Dinner menu, PDF 182 KB). At the conclusion of the day, everyone pitches in to clear the table, wash the dishes (19th-century style), and sweep the hearth to end a satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin's past.

  2. At Work and at Play at Wade House

    May 17, 2014 - May 18, 2014   10 am–5 pm (game time Sunday is 1:30) Come help Wade House get ready for spring. Prepare and plant the gardens, fill straw ticks, air out quilts, make beds, black the stove and sweep floors. On Sunday only, take in the sights and sounds of vintage base ball as it was played (and spelled) in the 1860s. Come celebrate the household duties and the fun that helped shape this historic community.

  3. Vintage Base Ball Sunday (Tentative)

    May 18, 2014   1:30 pm Come cheer on the Wade House vintage base ball team as the players defend their home turf against another vintage team, playing by the rules of 1860. Game time is 1:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to join team members for some interactive play. Game included with general admission to Wade House.

  4. Father's Day Vintage Base Ball Match (Tentative)

    Jun 15, 2014   1:30 pm Come cheer on the Wade House vintage base ball team, and join in the fun as the players engage in a rousing pick-up game with fans. The game is played according to 1860s rules. Game time is 1:30 pm. Game included with general admission to Wade House.

  5. 1860s Dairy Day

    Jun 28, 2014   10 am–5 pm Celebrate Dairy Month, and Wisconsin's dairy heritage, at Wade House by taking part in cheese, butter and ice cream making.

  6. Vintage Base Ball Sunday (Tentative)

    Jul 20, 2014   1:30 pm Come cheer on the Wade House vintage base ball team as the players defend their home turf against another vintage team, playing by the rules of 1860. Game time is 1:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to join team members for some interactive play. Game included with general admission to Wade House.

  7. 1860s Ginger Beer Making

    Jul 26, 2014   10 am–5 pm Experience the production of ginger beer in the Wade House kitchens, and take home a period recipe to try at home.

  8. 1860s Jams and Jellies

    Aug 2, 2014   10 am–5 pm Lend a hand to help create flavorful jams and jellies as they were made more than 150 years ago. The event represents a throwback to the stagecoach inn's own history. Mid-August is exactly the time of year that the Wade House household staff would have been busy preserving fruits that were ripening. The inn's historic cook will be making jams and jellies from raspberries picked on the Wade House grounds. She'll be using a 19th-century recipe and sealing the jars with brandy-soaked paper rounds and five layers of tissue paper. When the tissue paper is given an egg wash, it dries tighter than a drum.

  9. Vintage Base Ball Sunday (Tentative)

    Aug 17, 2014   1:30 pm Come cheer on the Wade House vintage base ball team as the players defend their home turf against another vintage team, playing by the rules of 1860. Game time is 1:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to join team members for some interactive play. Game included with general admission to Wade House.

  10. 54th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair

    Aug 24, 2014   9 am–4 pm Artisans and craftspeople from Wisconsin and across the Midwest display and sell their wares at one of the most popular and longstanding fairs of its kind in eastern Wisconsin. There is something for everyone: baskets, grapevine wreaths, oil paintings, country crafts, ornaments, toys, dolls, teddy bears, handmade lace, jewelry, dried flowers, furniture, wooden bowls, rugs and much more may be available. Enjoy wonderful crafts and delicious food amid the lovely wooded grounds of Wade House.

  11. Vintage Base Ball Sunday (Tentative)

    Sep 21, 2014   1:30 pm Come cheer on the Wade House vintage base ball team as the players defend their home turf against another vintage team, playing by the rules of 1860. Game time is 1:30 pm. Following the game, fans will be invited to join team members for some interactive play. Game included with general admission to Wade House.

  12. 24th Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend

    Sep 27, 2014 - Sep 28, 2014   9 am–5 pm both days Two full days of Civil War drama unfold in the largest Civil War re-enactment and encampment in Wisconsin. This year's event will continue to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. A full schedule of activities extends from 9 am to 7 pm Saturday and 9 am to 5 Sunday, with two authentic battles re-enacted each day — a skirmish at 11 am and a full-scale battle at 2 pm.

    Watch the spectacle of hundreds of soldiers — cavalry, infantry and artillery — as they struggle across the field of conflict. Experience the 1860s clash of arms between North and South as Union and Confederate troops set up camp, conduct drills and offer a variety of demonstrations. Civilian and women's issues, a medical field hospital and music of the Civil War era are presented interactively each day, and special hands-on experiences abound. Expanded food and beverage offerings and an extensive array of Civil War-related items are available for sale on site.

  13. Autumn Celebration

    Oct 11, 2014 - Oct 12, 2014   10 am—5 pm Learn about the origins of American Halloween customs at Wade House. We'll play seasonal games of the period, enjoy hot cider in the stagecoach inn, and take a two-mile, open-air, horse-drawn wagon ride. We'll also carve pumpkins and turnips, and listen to classic renditions of scary (but family friendly) stories in the candlelit Herrling Sawmill.

  14. Hearthside Dinner

    Oct 25, 2014   11 am–3 pm Wade House bustles with activity as guests anticipate a savory meal of a bygone era. Guests participate in a special Hearthside Dinner program, living the history of the 1860s as they work together to prepare a meal in the kitchens of the Wade House stagecoach inn. The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as stove and fireplace fires are lit and guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their midday meal as Betsey Wade routinely did for stagecoach travelers a century and a half ago.

    After all the preparations and cooking are completed, participants will enjoy the fruits of their labors in the Wade House dining room, sitting down to a delicious and abundant dinner (view or download a Hearthside Dinner menu, PDF 182 KB). At the conclusion of the day, everyone pitches in to clear the table, wash the dishes (19th-century style), and sweep the hearth to end a satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin's past.

  15. Hearthside Dinner

    Nov 8, 2014   11 am–3 pm Wade House bustles with activity as guests anticipate a savory meal of a bygone era. Guests participate in a special Hearthside Dinner program, living the history of the 1860s as they work together to prepare a meal in the kitchens of the Wade House stagecoach inn. The sounds and smells of the 19th century come to life as stove and fireplace fires are lit and guests chop and stir, season and roast, preparing their midday meal as Betsey Wade routinely did for stagecoach travelers a century and a half ago.

    After all the preparations and cooking are completed, participants will enjoy the fruits of their labors in the Wade House dining room, sitting down to a delicious and abundant dinner (view or download a Hearthside Dinner menu, PDF 182 KB). At the conclusion of the day, everyone pitches in to clear the table, wash the dishes (19th-century style), and sweep the hearth to end a satisfying encounter with central Wisconsin's past.


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