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August 3, 2018 - Take a Ride to Wade House Carriage Driving Days!

For Immediate Release

August 3, 2018 - Take a Ride to Wade House Carriage Driving Days! | Wisconsin Historical Society


For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe





Take a Ride to Wade House Carriage Driving Days!

Greenbush, Wis. – Come see horses of every size, shape, and color hitched to elegant carts and carriages as they compete for division championships at the Wade House on August 18 and August 19!

“We are excited to bring this event to Wade House,” stated Susie Koos Acker, the event’s coordinator.  “The Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum holds the largest and most diverse collection of horse-drawn vehicles in Wisconsin. There’s no better place to bring horses from around the Midwest to celebrate the art and science of horse driving.”

A historic stagecoach stop between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, the Wade House was a welcome respite to weary travelers. Now, this Wisconsin Historical Society site will once again be host to horses and carriages much like it was in the 1850s. Ladies wearing elegant hats and gentlemen in dapper boaters will drive their horses in a series of competitive classes designed to test the skills of the drivers and the athleticism of the horses. The devil is in the details of this equestrian competition, as drivers try to impress the expert American Driving Society certified judges to win the coveted blue ribbon.

Spectators will be able to take a horse-drawn wagon ride from the Wade House Visitor Center and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, over to the competition ring where they will enjoy watching many different breeds of horses hitched to all types of carriages; antiques, reproductions and modern vehicles will be shown. Visitors can sit right next to the ring and watch the action up close, feeling the footfalls of the horses as they steam around the ring showing off their different gaits at the subtle command of their drivers.

Date: August 18-19

Time: Saturday, August 18: 8AM-4PM & Sunday, August 19: 8AM-3PM

Location: Wade House Historic Site, Greenbush

Admission adults - $14; students/seniors - $12; children (5 – 17 years) - $7; Children under 5 – FREE; Family (2 adults & children through age 17) - $38.  Wisconsin Historical Society members receive complimentary admission.

Admission to the carriage competition will also include admission to all Wade House Historic Site has to offer that weekend. For more information about this event visit wadehouse.org.

About Wade House

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 visitwww.wadehouse.org.

About Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit www.wisconsinhistory.org.