Wagon building methods demonstrated at Wade House

During February and March 2017, James Willaert, Wade House Curator of Interpretation, will continue to offer a series of public programs titled "Restoring the Past", inviting visitors to participate in hands-on historic vehicle restoration activities. "Restoring the Past: Frames, Boxes and Springs" will be offered on Saturdays, Feb. 4, 11, 18 and 25 and March 18, with presentations each day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

During "Restoring the Past: Frames, Boxes and Springs", guests will join Charles DeSmet, a character based on a restoration worker, and learn how wood is bent, frames are structured and how paint completes a horsedrawn wagon.

Guests will have the opportunity to try out the tools used by restoration workers and see just how much skill is required to bring historic carriages back to their original condition.

Guests are encouraged to tour Wade House's 20,000 square-foot Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, which houses Wisconsin largest collection of carriages and wagons.

More than seventy percent of the vehicles on display in the museum were manufactured by the Jung Carriage Company, a carriage maker which manufactured custom vehicles in Sheboygan County in the late 19th and early 20th century. Most of the museum's vehicles were collected and restored by Wesley W. Jung, grandson of the Jung Carriage Company's founder.

"Restoring the Past" programs will take place at Wade House Historic Site Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum located at W7965 State Highway 23.

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