This site was created by Laura Wagner of Webs by Wagnerin 2009
and donated to the residents of the Town of Greenbush.
If you would like to see more information about my web services,
please visit mywebsiteand pleasecontact me.

 

History

In 1844 the land between Fond du Lac and Sheboygan was wilderness when Sylvanus and Betsy Wade and their family settled in what was to become Greenbush. At the time when Wisconsin was a frontier territory, The Wades came to establish a village on the developing frontier. They were the first permanent settlers in Greenbush. The Wades did not select the location for their village by chance. They chose a place halfway between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac, along a well-used stagecoach trail. The Mullet River crossed the trail and would become their source of water power. Mr. and Mrs. Wade purchased several sections of land. By 1848 when Wisconsin became a state, Greenbush was a booming little village with two stores, a school, a sawmill, a wagon shop, a blacksmith, and a doctor. And there were plans to improve the trail between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac by building a plank road. The Wade’s “Half Way House” was a regular stop for the stagecoach lines operating between Sheboygan and Fond du Lac. By 1850 the Wades completed a new large and elegant inn to serve the growing traffic. Construction of the Sheboygan and Fond du Lac Plank Road began in 1851 and the village flourished until the early 1860s when the railroad became the main transportation artery between the port of Sheboygan and the interior of the state. It bypassed Greenbush entirely, establishing a terminal two miles north in Glenbeulah. Source: wadehouse.wisconsinhistory.org


Today

Today, the unincorporated Village of Greenbush is home to the Wade House State Historic Site, a church, and a couple small businesses. It is surrounded by the Town of Greenbush, on the western edge of Sheboygan County. The Town of Greenbush is geographically larger than most towns in Wisconsin, with 48 square miles (48 one mile square sections), rather than the typical 36 square miles (36 sections). In the horse and buggy days of 1848 when Wisconsin became a state, residents in the northern sections of the town would have had to travel a long distance around the Sheboygan County Marsh to get to their polling place if they were part of the Town of Russell. Instead, those 12 sections were added to the Town of Greenbush, leaving Russell with only 24 sections. See map of Wisconsin and Sheboygan County. With over 2500 residents (including approximately 1100 inmates at the Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution), the Town of Greenbush is today, still predominately agricultural. It is bordered on the west by Fond du Lac County towns of Marshfield and Forest, on the south by Town of Mitchell, on the east by Towns of Plymouth and Rhine and on the north by Town of Russell. The Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest runs through the Town attracting campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and skiiers.