WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The front of the Visitor Center at the Wade House historical site.

Plan Your Visit

Plan Your Visit

Winter Experience

The Wade House Visitor’s Center and Carriage Museum are open Saturdays and Sundays November 6, 2021- May 22, 2022. Thank you to our members and guests for your support during the 2021 season. We look forward to welcoming you back to the entire site for the 2022 season. In the meantime, save the date for Wade House Christmas December 11 & 12. See details below.

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A woman with short, loosely curling brown hair places decorations on a Christmas evergreen tree, that's already decorated with many traditional items

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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Workshops

4 people work separately in a blacksmithing forge. A young girl hammers some molten metal in the foreground, and a young boy and older man watch the forge fire, gloves to protect hands at the ready. One other man wearing a leather apron is in the background working with some metal

Blacksmithing Workshops

Strike while the iron is hot, hear the “clang” of the hammer, and feel the heat from the forge as you craft your own project during an interactive blacksmithing workshop at Wade House. Forging items with you own hands is a unique experience guests will never forget. Workshops cover a variety of subjects and skill levels to match individual interests and needs. A boxed lunch is provided.

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Shopping

Some of the products available at the Wade House gift store

Choose a special, unique gift as a souvenir during your visit to Wade House.

Enjoy 10 percent off store items as a Wisconsin Historical Society member.

Many of the items we sell in store are available online. Explore the gifts and books that are for sale!

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ACCESSIBILITY & SAFETY

Wade House is located on 240 acres near the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Many pathways are level but somewhat rugged.
Due to the scale used in our historic buildings, access to the Wade House Inn and Herling Sawmill is somewhat limited. Reasonable accommodations can be made for individuals requiring mobility assistance. For more information regarding access to site buildings, grounds and programs please contact Wade House at 920-526-3271.

While no pets are allowed on the museum grounds, service animals are permitted for persons with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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