A carriage ride back in time


The brand new Wade House Visitors Center/Wesley Jung Carriage Museum (top) on State 23 is in the final stages of preparation for its grand opening Saturday and Sunday. The building, visible from State 23, will be the jumping off place for visitors to the Wade House historic site, who will be conveyed by wagon to the rest of the site over a new path that includes a recreation of a section of the Old Plank Road (below). Giant silhouettes of a horse and driver in the large tower windows facing east and north (above right) will heighten the visibility of the building from State 23. On entering the building, visitors will be greeted by a reproduction stagecoach (top, left) in front of a mural depicting an arrival at the Wade House. The carriage museum on the lower level of the building includes thematic displays of the museum's collection, including an historic Plymouth Fire Department horse drawn hose wagon (above, left), along with numerous interactive and hands-on displays. Reproductions of photos from the State Historical Society collection enhance the displays, including one termed "End of an Era" (top, right) showing an early 20th Century scene in downtown Greenbush showing a horse-drawn wagon and a horseless carriage - a new-fangled automobile. 
Review storyand photos byEmmitt B. Feldner The brand new Wade House Visitors Center/Wesley Jung Carriage Museum (top) on State 23 is in the final stages of preparation for its grand opening Saturday and Sunday. The building, visible from State 23, will be the jumping off place for visitors to the Wade House historic site, who will be conveyed by wagon to the rest of the site over a new path that includes a recreation of a section of the Old Plank Road (below). Giant silhouettes of a horse and driver in the large tower windows facing east and north (above right) will heighten the visibility of the building from State 23. On entering the building, visitors will be greeted by a reproduction stagecoach (top, left) in front of a mural depicting an arrival at the Wade House. The carriage museum on the lower level of the building includes thematic displays of the museum's collection, including an historic Plymouth Fire Department horse drawn hose wagon (above, left), along with numerous interactive and hands-on displays. Reproductions of photos from the State Historical Society collection enhance the displays, including one termed "End of an Era" (top, right) showing an early 20th Century scene in downtown Greenbush showing a horse-drawn wagon and a horseless carriage - a new-fangled automobile. Review storyand photos byEmmitt B. Feldner GREENBUSH – For generations, the Wade House has provided a window to view the past.

With the opening of the new Visitors Center and Wesley F. Jung Carriage Museum building on State 23, it will become a door allowing visitors to step back into the past.

The $13.8-million, 38,000-square foot building, providing the state historic site with great visibility from State 23, is designed to create a totally-immersive, hands-on experience for visitors young and old.

The immersion begins right inside the front door, with a reproduction of an Eastern Concord stagecoach, typical of those that rode the Old Plank Road trail between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac in the mid-1800s. Visitors will be able to sit in the stagecoach and experience what a ride in one might have felt like.

The 20,000-square foot carriage museum showcases the carriage collection in thematic groupings with a myriad of hands-on and interactive displays and plenty of infographics.

The grand opening of the building will take place Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.





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