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Members-Only Sneak Preview at Wade House

An exterior view of a portion of the new Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum

Join fellow Wisconsin Historical Society members on Friday evening, June 7, from 5 to 7:30 pm for an exclusive sneak preview of the new Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum at Wade House historic site in Greenbush. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages while you explore the new complex before the June 8 public grand opening.

Additional Activities You Can Enjoy

  • Tour the new grounds, including a boardwalk and apple orchard.
  • Participate in historic children's games and activities.
  • Enjoy live music performed by musicians in historic attire.
  • Complete a scavenger hunt to win a prize.

Free, Members-Only Event, Reservations Required

This event is free and open to all Wisconsin Historical Society members, but space is limited and reservations are required by Friday, May 31. Not a member of the Society? Learn more about the benefits of membership or join now. Need to renew your membership? Renew now.

New Additions Transform the Visitor Experience

The new, 38,000-square-foot Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum will provide Wade House visitors with an entirely new, hands-on way to explore the era of stagecoach travel. Some of the new activities visitors can enjoy include the following:

  • Climb inside a replica of a real stagecoach from the 19th century.
  • Explore the new museum store and café
  • Learn riveting stories about the time of horse-drawn transportation through the interactive new Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum.
  • Ride in a real horse-drawn wagon over the Mullet River and through the historic site.
  • Stroll the new boardwalk and enjoy the scenic landscape.

The new year-round facility also includes a large room for public and private functions; a classroom that will accommodate a variety of programs for school children and adult learners alike; and ticketing, restrooms and administrative spaces.

Multiyear planning for the new building took hold when the Mark Jung family and the Kohler Trust for Preservation each pledged extraordinary leadership gifts of $3 million. The State Building Commission followed with $6.5 million. The new building will help Wade House most effectively realize the project's major focus: "on the cusp of change, the horse-powered economy of the 19th century."

:: Posted May 16, 2013

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