Special Event

Building Community: The Wade Family of Greenbush

Thursday, August 29, 2019


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Wade Family


Sylvanus Wade came to Sheboygan County with the vision of starting a new town.  In this presentation, discover the impact that the Wade family had on Greenbush and beyond.

Sylvanus Wade and his wife Betsy Wade came to the town of Greenbush, Sheboygan County, on April 28, 1844. Mr. Wade built a log house in Greenbush, just opposite and to the east of the present-day Wade House Stagecoach Inn.  He opened a blacksmith shop, and resumed work at his trade, and also cleared up a farm.  He had ten acres of prairie, which he plowed the first year, and in addition kept a hotel, having opened one immediately after their coming.  There was no road cut through to Fond du Lac at that time, and in the fall of 1850 the first Plank Road meeting was held at Mr. Wade's home.


Wade House
Wade House Historic Site, W7965 State Hwy 23
Greenbush, WI 53026

Location Information

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.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.