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Field Trips Themes

Wade House field trips are about four hours long. This includes the following sites and activities:

Wade House Stagecoach Hotel
Authentically costumed historical interpreters guide your students through the stagecoach hotel, which once served weary travelers along the Plank Road

Dockstader Blacksmith Shop
Sparks fly and fires dance in the forge as the blacksmith pounds hot iron into tools and items to be used by the townspeople of Greenbush.

Herrling Sawmill
A water-powered turbine generates energy to power the up-and-down saw as it cuts logs into boards and planks for local use.

Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum
A hands-on activity engages children with 70 horse- and hand-drawn vehicles from 1870 to 1915, all restored to their former glory.

Horse-Drawn Wagon Ride
A horse-drawn wagon transports you and your students through the site at a true 19th-century pace (ride included with admission).

Wade House Gift Store
Browse a variety of entertaining and educational items related to Wade House and the early history of Wisconsin.

Candle Dipping
New hands-on activity for every student! Students participate and learn how to make 19th-century tallow candles.