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Day Three: Wade House/Plymouth Tour

The re-created Herrling sawmill at Wade House stands on the same spot as the original mill stood.
The re-created Herrling
sawmill at Wade House
stands on the same spot
as the original mill stood.

After breakfast, take the 20-mile drive west on Highway 23 to Greenbush, where you can immerse yourself in the tumultuous 1860s in frontier Wisconsin. Here stands the historic Wade House stagecoach inn. Walk the same halls where plank road travelers sought shelter and sustenance after a long and arduous trek on the old plank road that connected Sheboygan and Fond du Lac.

From the inn it's just a short walk to the newly reconstructed Herrling Sawmill, one of the few working water-powered sawmills of its kind in North America. Watch as a sawyer fires up the turbine-driven muley saw, and witness a demonstration of technology that disappeared after the Civil War. Complete your morning with a horse-drawn wagon ride down a country lane to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, home to Wisconsin's largest collection of hand-and horse-drawn carriages, cutters, sleighs and working wagons. Enjoy lunch onsite in the Greenbush Cupboard Café.

In the afternoon enjoy a hike through the Kettle Moraine State Forest-Northern Unit in Plymouth — offering a glacial panorama of rolling, wooded hills dotted with serene lakes. Finish off your day with a visit to the Henry S. Ruess Ice Age Visitor Center in Campbellsport. Your trip through history is coming to a close. We hope you'll return for another heritage tour in Wisconsin.

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