Wade House gears up for first winter season


THE NEW VISITORS Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum building (above) at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush will be open to visitors this winter. It will mark the first time in the nearly 60-year history of the site that it has been open year-round. Visitors will be able to tour the interactive displays that are part of the new carriage museum facility (below). — Submitted photos THE NEW VISITORS Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum building (above) at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush will be open to visitors this winter. It will mark the first time in the nearly 60-year history of the site that it has been open year-round. Visitors will be able to tour the interactive displays that are part of the new carriage museum facility (below). — Submitted photos Following the opening of the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum in June, the historic site is gearing up for its first-ever winter season.

With the opening of the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, the site, for the first time in 60 years, now has the physical plant to open its doors to guests during the winter months. For the winter season, which spans mid-October through mid-May, Wade House will expand its operating hours and days of service by having the new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum open weekly from Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The historic area - which consists of the Wade House Stagecoach Hotel, Dockstader Blacksmith Shop, and Herrling Sawmill - will not be open during the winter season.

Winter season admission will be: adults $7; students/senior citizens $6; children (5-17) $3.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $19.

To attract and engage more frequent and first-time visitors, Wade House plans to increase its engaging educational programs at the new visitor center and carriage museum. An exciting lineup of programs and events will provide varied activities that appeal to children and adults of all ages.

Lectures and gallery talks by visiting scholars, local experts and curatorial staff will offer insight into the site’s permanent collections and exhibitions. Programs that explore historical, social and cultural topics related to the era of horse-drawn transportation will take place in the galleries and classroom.

Family and children’s activities will include hands-on tours, workshops and scout programs for both boys and girls. These child-centered activities will incorporate stories, games and participatory projects based on the exhibits, special events or holidays.

During the site’s winter season, food and beverages will be available at the Butternut CafĂ©, Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with service of ice cream and beverages continuing until 5 p.m.

Due in large part to the new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum facility, Wade House’s paid attendance jumped nearly 50 percent during the period from mid-May to mid-October, greatly exceeding initial expectations of a

20-percent gain.

The growth of Wade House’s audience underscores the fact that the site is an essential part of Wisconsin’s . and more specifically, Sheboygan County’s . public realm, not only because it contributes to education and cares for historic collections, but also because it brings local people together and provides meaning and context to our cultural life in the 21st century.

The new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum is located at W7965 State Highway 23 in Greenbush, midway between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan.

The Wade House historic site is one of 12 Wisconsin Historical Society historic sites and museums. For more information, please call 920-526-3271 or visit www.wadehouse.org.


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