More than a half million people settled in Wisconsin from the mid-1830s through the 1850s, and many recorded their experiences as they traveled, established homes, and formed new communities. By weaving together excerpts from these fascinating letters, diaries, newspaper articles, and other documents, The Making of Pioneer Wisconsin provides a unique and intimate glimpse into the lives of the state’s early settlers.
Natives & Newcomers is a monthly program that introduces audiences to the Native American cultures and immigrant experiences of the peoples who made up early Sheboygan County. This program series is made possible by a grant from the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23
Greenbush, WI 53026
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.