Wade House set to celebrate autumn

Revel in the traditions of the fall season during Wade House’s “Autumn Celebration” on Saturdays, Oct. 8 and 15 and Sundays, Oct. 9 and 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Guests will learn about the traditional harvest season in Wisconsin as well as early traditions of Halloween. The event includes a variety of family friendly activities including turnip and pumpkin carving, storytelling, apple cider tasting, open-air horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

The experience will begin on the first floor of the 1850 Wade House stagecoach hotel. Costumed staff will greet visitors inside the historic tap room and share the history of how Americans adapted Irish customs to celebrate Halloween in a new and unique way.

In the hotel’s 19th-century kitchens, visitors will discover how apple peels and hazelnuts were used to tell fortunes as well as enjoy a taste of warm apple cider. Outside on the Wade House lawn, visitors will get to carve a turnip into traditional Irish jack-o-lantern, or a pumpkin into the better-known North American lantern.

In the blacksmith shop, guests will have the opportunity to play snap apple, a traditional Halloween game. Snap apple participants will try to take a bite of an apple as it dangles in front of them.

The celebration continues in the candlelit Herrling sawmill where visitors will not only hear the rumble of an up-and-down water-powered saw but also spooky, family-friendly accounts of tales from the past.

On both days, food and beverages will be available at the Butternut Café from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with service of ice cream and beverages continuing until 5 p.m.

“Autumn Celebration” will take place at the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush. Visitors will begin the special experience at the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State 23. Admission is as follows: adults - $11; students/ seniors - $9.25; children (5-17) - $5.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $30.

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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