WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
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Creating Hands-on Holiday Fun for the Whole Family

The holidays are a magical time to visit Wade House. While the site is still open for general admission on weekends, visit us Dec. 11-12 for our popular holiday event Wade House Christmas. Enjoy jubilant holiday music, beautiful decorations, and tasty treats—fresh out of the oven—as you enjoy festive activities for all ages. The sights, sounds, and smells transport you back to when the holidays had a stronger focus on family gatherings and time together. The halls of the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel will be decked out for the Christmas season, showcasing how the Wade Family and their many visitors would have celebrated the festive season.

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The Wisconsin Historical Society is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our guests, members, and staff. Read the information below to learn about our 2021 health and safety protocols.

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Wade House Christmas

Dec. 11 & 12 | 10 – 4 PM

Experience the wonder of a 19th-century Christmas at Wade House. Enjoy jubilant holiday music, beautiful decorations, and tasty treats—fresh out of the oven—as you enjoy festive activities for all ages. The sights, sounds, and smells transport you back to when the holidays had a stronger focus on family gatherings and time together. The halls of the historic Wade House Stagecoach Hotel will be decked out for the Christmas season, showcasing how the Wade Family and their many visitors would have celebrated the festive season.

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Explore the horse-powered world that existed before planes, cars, and railroads. At Wade House, the golden era of carriages lives on forever, with historic structures and a state-of-the-art museum highlighting all its wonders. Explore the perfectly located historic site, of the first European settlers of Greenbush, in the dense forest of the Wisconsin frontier, halfway between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, on a popular stagecoach trail.

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For Your Health & Safety

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Required for guests indoors if you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Recommended for guests indoors if you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Daily cleaning & sanitizing

Daily Cleaning and Sanitizing

Daily cleaning & sanitizing enhanced at all facilities

Maintain Social Distance. Two people 6 ft apart.

Social Distancing Guidelines

Please practice social distancing while on-site

2021 Site Protocols

Effective Aug. 5, in accordance with current state guidelines

To protect your safety and ours:

  • If you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, we recommend you wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • If you are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 you are required to wear a face mask while inside on-site at our historic sites and museums.
  • Please practice social distancing at our historic sites and museums.
  • Disposable masks will be available on-site.
  • All facilities will adhere to increased daily cleaning and sanitation requirements and there will be cleaning stations in each building.
  • Each location will follow strict guest engagement protocols, including parking, food preparation, and the use of shared facilities such as a public restroom.
  • Staff and guests, per CDC guidance, are asked to stay home if they have tested positive for COVID-19, are waiting for COVID-19 test results, have COVID-19 symptoms, or if they have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for or who has symptoms of COVID-19.
  • As we continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 our hours and guidelines for access may change. Please continue to check our website for the most up-to-date information.

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WADE HOUSE

Travel Back In Time

You can almost hear the clip-clop of horse hooves on the old plank road as you explore the era of stagecoach travel! Wade House Historic Site offers a glimpse back to a horse-powered world. Visit the site to experience what it was like when travelers and horses rested in Greenbush for a time and when life and business in the area bustled as the new town grew and prospered.
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"What an event to dine at Wade's Tavern!"

REMINISCENCE OF KATIE SMITH SPENCER'S 1850S CHILDHOOD TRIP BY STAGECOACH, 'SHEBOYGAN COUNTY NEWS,' JULY 23, 1924

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WESLEY W. JUNG CARRIAGE MUSEUM

Discover Wisconsin’s largest collection of carriages and wagons.
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WADE HOUSE STAGECOACH HOTEL

Explore an 1850s nationally-landmarked stagecoach inn through costumed guided tours.
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BLACKSMITH SHOP & SAWMILL

Hear the ring of a blacksmith’s anvil and feel the rumble of an up-and-down muley saw.
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