Every Corner Has a Story
To appreciate Fond du Lac and the Lake Winnebago region’s agricultural roots you need to take a closer look at the history of the equipment and transportation of mid-19th century. Historic Site is the state of Wisconsin’s largest collection of antique carriages and wagons. Self-guided tours allow you to explore, at your own pace, the vehicles that transported people and goods so important to a growing Americana.
The award-winning Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum housed in the Visitor Center of the Wade House Commonplace in their time, today these carriages are unique. The vehicle collection is one of the most extensive in the country – a true emblem of the horse-drawn era. Constructed in a time before assembly lines, these carriages exemplify the craftsmanship of an earlier era. Inspect the carriages for their unique details and surprisingly astute engineering. Carriages were the main form of transportation for virtually everyone. From the milk man … to the firefighters.
Automation was provided not only by horses, but by people as well. Many firefighting vehicles were pulled by the same men who fought the fires. Meticulously restored and preserved, the vehicles in the collection were all in operation sometime between 1870-1915. Many unique children’s vehicles exemplify the nature of work and play common at the turn of the 20th century.
Winter hours change after the holidays so check the website for the most up-to-date information. http://wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org/