Day Three: Wade House/Plymouth Tour
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
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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