Experience Historic Hospitality from the Time of Horse-Drawn Carriages

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Visiting Wade House takes you on a journey through Wisconsin’s past with tours of the Wade House Inn, as well as a blacksmith shop, sawmill, and the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. Wade House is named for the stagecoach inn built by the first European settlers of the town, Sylvanus and Betsey Wade.

The inn, built between 1847 and 1851, was constructed conveniently between the cities of Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, along a well-used stagecoach trail. This made the 27-room Greek Revival inn a popular resting point for weary travelers.

You’ll explore the inn and grounds, taste food from the kitchens, belly up to the bar in the taproom, play period games, meet friendly farm animals, see sparks fly from the anvil, smell fresh sawdust, and enjoy interactive exhibits for all ages! 

Things To Do

a room with 5 carriages



The wonder of Wisconsin’s largest collection of carriages and wagons awaits each visitor to in this modern, state-of-the-art, 20,000 square-foot carriage museum. The collection features nearly 100 carriages and vehicles that span the from 1870 to 1915 and interactive exhibits highlighting their history.

Woman standing in front of Wade House in a dress


See what a night on the stagecoach trail was like as you explore this expansive three-story, 27-room, Greek Revival inn built by the Wades between 1847 and 1851. Constructed from local timber, the inn was built in the style you would expect to see in the more affluent eastern part of the United States, highlighting the early prosperity of the village. Tour the living spaces, kitchens, bedrooms, taproom, and more.


Enjoy the Wade House grounds at your leisure. Hear the hammer and anvil in the blacksmith shop and smell the fresh wood shavings in the sawmill. Meet the farm animals that call Wade House Home. Your journey through time will help you experience the lives of pioneers in the Wisconsin frontier.

Winter Snowshoeing

During the colder months explore the grounds by snowshoe! Available for pick up from the Visitor Center ticket desk when there’s at least 4 inches of snow glittering on the ground.

We do ask for a valid driver’s license or other ID to hold until the snowshoes are returned.

Frank Lloyd Wright Exhibition

Wade House Historic Site is celebrating the 150th birthday of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright with displays of Wright carriages, exhibits, and speakers.

Plan Your Visit

to experience historic hospitality from the time of horse-drawn carriages

Learn with the Wisconsin Historical Society

Field Trips

Summer Camps

Wisconsin Historical Society Sites

Wade House is one of the 12 historic sites and museums owned and operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Explore all of these sites below.

Black Point Estate, a view of the tower and the rest of the building, the clouds are beautiful and really frame the building.

Black Point Estate & Gardens

A circus cart on a lawn, bright red, yellow, and orange colors.

Circus World

The two historical buildings of Wisconsin's First Capital

First Capitol

An old fashioned camera is set up facing a dramatic photo backdrop

H.H. Bennett Studio & Museum

Wood cabin style building with antlers attached. A sign reads Museum

Madeline Island Museum

A group of people bail hay out of an old fashioned cart

Old World Wisconsin

Pendarvis house at dusk,  orange colored brick and white trim windows and doors. A stone wall lines the house next to the road. The lamp is lit.


Inside the Reed School classroom, with vintage desks and a chalkboard

Reed School

A older white couple holding hands and walking towards the Stonefield buildings


The Villa Louis Manor on a sunny day, victorian architecture on elegant display

Villa Louis

People visiting the Arts and Crafts Fair at Wade House

Wade House

Rendering of the new history center from the street view

Wisconsin History Center