By George! Wade House to mark Washington’s Birthday Saturday


THE FATHER OF our country, George Washington, will have his day Saturday when the Wade House celebrates his birthday in mid-1800s style. — Review file photo THE FATHER OF our country, George Washington, will have his day Saturday when the Wade House celebrates his birthday in mid-1800s style. — Review file photo The Wade House Historic Site will mark George Washington’s birthday with an authentic birthday celebration that includes patriotic music, 19th century dancing, Washington cake, period crafts and games for young and old, and much more Saturday, Feb. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m..

Guests to “George Washington’s Birthday Celebration!” will experience the sights and sounds of an 1850s Washington’s birthday party. The Wade House stagecoach hotel will be decorated in patriotic splendor with red, white and blue bunting draped from the front porch and patriotic bunting festooned above the windows inside the hotel.

Activities will abound on each level of the 27-room hotel. Costumed staff will greet visitors in the historic tap room and shed light on the origins of Washington’s Birthday, an American holiday originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It was unofficially observed for most of the 1800s. In the ladies’ parlor guests will learn about historic clothing, representative of the types of clothing men, women and children would have worn to winter festivities in the mid-19th century.

In a second floor bedroom suite, visitors will have the opportunity to play parlor games and learn the names of our nation’s first 16 presidents.

In the third-floor ballroom, as local musicians Matt Harvey and Carol Jensen perform live period music, participants will have the opportunity to learn popular dance steps of the 1850s. During this interactive dance experience, an instructor will call the movements for dancers.

The delightful aroma of Washington cake will waft out from the hotel’s kitchens and entice guests to these culinary spaces where they’ll learn about the longstanding association of Washington cake with Washington’s birthday, as well get to sample it.

The festivities continue in the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, where children and adults alike can create a framed silhouette and take this centuries-old craft home as a keepsake.

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 $7; students/seniors $6; children (5-17) $3.50; family (up to two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) - $19.

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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