Wade House hosts weddings, meetings
By Mark Sherry
The meadow provides a quiet, picturesque setting for weddings and other functions at the Wade House.

The Wade House is relatively well known in this part of the state as a historic home located midway between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac along STH 23.

What is not as well known is the fact that the Wade House historic site offers some of the region’s most unique venues for everything from small business meetings to large weddings.

“I think we’re a hidden gem,” said Bridgitt Zielke of the Wade House. “We’re doing our best to market it.”

Located just eight miles from Elkhart Lake, area residents might have visited the Wade House over the years on a family outing or a school field trip. But anyone who has not visited the Wade House in the past year really ought to do so to discover for themselves the gem to which Zielke referred.

The historic, restored home which people recall as being the Wade House is still there, of course, but the site is so much more now with the completion last June of the new Visitor Center and the Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum. A driveway accessed from STH 23 just west of Greenbush leads up to the Visitor Center.

Zielke said the two concourses of the Visitor Center are themselves among the spaces available for rent for weddings, parties, conferences and gatherings of any kind. Both concourses receive natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows. As the 40,000 square foot Visitor Center was constructed on top of a hill, those windows offer vistas of the surrounding area. Zielke said the concourses are an ideal setting for a cocktail hour prior to a dinner or wed-ding reception. The Grand Concourse and Lower Concourse can handle up to 450 people for a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.

Numerous options

Situated on 240 acres, the options for gatherings at the Wade House historic site are numerous. Also inside the Visitor Center is the Walnut Room with its herringbone hardwood floor. Windows and French doors allow for an abundance of sunshine by day and a view of sunsets as night falls. The French doors lead to an outside patio area which is included for anyone renting the Walnut Room.

A catering kitchen is located adjacent to the Walnut Room. Zielke said the room can host about 160 people for a buffet meal, 172 for a plated dinner, or 225 people for an event with concert seating. Besides wedding receptions, it is a perfect space for workshops, family gatherings, annual dinners, and luncheons.

Across a hallway from the Walnut Room is the smaller Chestnut Room, an ideal setting for off-site business meetings, classes, conferences or similar functions. Being barely a year old, all rooms and facilities at the Visitor Center were constructed with the latest technology included, such as projectors, screens, sound systems, etc.

Moving outdoors, the Wade House

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