Annual Wade House Civil War Weekend
Union cavalry re-enactors on horseback
This annual special event at Wade House brings the history of the American Civil War to life. Held the last weekend in September, Civil War Weekend is two action-filled days of battle re-enactments, military drills, medical care situations, period music and food, demonstrations, educational presentations and more. The weekend spectacle involves more than 500 re-enactors and each year features a different historic scenario crucial to the outcome of the war.
Watch the spectacle of hundreds of soldiers — cavalry, infantry and artillery — as they struggle across the field of conflict. Experience the 1860s clash of arms between North and South as Union and Confederate troops set up camp, conduct drills and offer a variety of demonstrations. Civilian and women's issues, a medical field hospital and music of the Civil War era are presented interactively each day, and special hands-on experiences abound. Expanded food and beverage offerings and an extensive array of Civil War-related items are available for sale on site.
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23
Wade House, an 1850s stagecoach inn built to serve traffic along the plank road that connected Fond du Lac and Sheboygan, tells the story of frontier entrepreneur Sylvanus Wade and his family during the Civil War years. In addition to the inn, the historic site includes the recently reconstructed Herrling sawmill, one of the few working, water-powered sawmills of its kind in the nation. Wade House is also home to the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum, which houses the state's largest collection of antique carriages and working wagons.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.