History of the Wade family, Wade House Jul 20

Just 20 miles or so east of Fond du Lac sits the Wade House Historic Site in Greenbush. It’s a place that recreates the world of stagecoach travel in early Wisconsin. How the Wade family built a town and survived the changing landscape of Wisconsin is a story well-told.

The Historic Wade Barn: Resurrecting the Age of Horsepower will be presented at 2 p.m. and repeated at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The History at Home programs are free; no registration required.

Presenter Jim Willaert, curator of interpretation and collections at Wade House, will explore the lives of the Wade family and their influence on the Greenbush area.

Wade House is one of 12 museums and historic sites operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. Previous to working at Wade House, Willaert worked for Conner Prairie Interactive History Park and the Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources. He holds a master’s degree in History with a specialization in Historical Administration.

The program is an installment in the library’s History at Home series, which take place on the third Thursday of the month and focus on local and state history. Many History at Home programs are recorded and available on the library’s YouTube channel. Upcoming programs include:

  • August 17: Fond du Lac Picture Show: Church & School
  • September 21: Fond du Lac Mayor Dodd: Traitor?
  • October 19: Church Suppers
  • November 16: Fond du Lac Picture Show: Let’s Go Downtown

Pictured above: This drawing of the Wade House was created by Althea Wade, wife of Hollis Chubbock Wade. Hollis was the youngest son of Sylvanus Wade, who built the house. 


Harrison H. Dodd

Belonged to the Knights of the Golden Circle formerly from Indiana and late Mayor of Fond du lac City, WI. His plan was to derail train troop cars that were carrying African-American Union Soldiers. There was also a plan in place to help Confederate Prisoners escape from a Illinois prison that held rebel soldiers. He had other plans for assassination of Union political/military figures and guerrilla warfare in the Union held States.

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