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Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien

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The Villa Louis, also known as Dousman Mansion, is a National Historic Landmark located on St. Feriole Island, in Prairie du Chien, southwestern Wisconsin. The villa and estate are a historical museum operated by the Wisconsin Historical Society. The site has been restored to its appearance during the late 19th century, when it was the estate of the prominent H. Louis Dousman family.HistoryThe site was inhabited by American Indian tribes, especially the Mound Builders, as is evidenced by the large mound upon which later structures at the site (Fort Shelby, Fort Crawford, and the homes of Hercules and of Louis Dousman) have all stood. In 1814, the Siege of Prairie du Chien was fought in the area by American and British troops hoping to control Fort Shelby during the War of 1812. Later the land was occupied by Fort Crawford.After the Indians were removed from the area, the land was purchased by Hercules L. Dousman, who was a man of many trades: a fur trader, a lumberman, a land sculptor, and a frontier entrepreneur. In the mid-1840s, he began construction on the estate from which Villa Louis would be born. The location he chose was perfect due to its proximity to the Mississippi River.
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  • Villa Louis, a National Historic Landmark, is a stunningly accurate restoration, cited to the late 1880s, of an Italianate mansion, the jewel of Prairie du Chien then and now. The Dousman family was f...  more »
  • We had no expectations, but this was a beautiful step back in time. Our tour guide was EXCELLENT and very knowledgeable. We also had a nice surprise,one of the guides was playing the grand piano. The ...  more »
  • Beautiful Villa Louis on the banks of the Mississippi River captures the life style of a Wisconsin millionaire who lived in the Victorian era. Our welll informed guide wore period clothes and provided...  more »
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  • Very professional presentation. Weather was ideal. Presenters very friendly to visit with. Appreciated the free admission for active duty military and veterans.
  • It is the most beautiful place to visit in Prairie du Chien and is absolutely worth a stop. The guides are always wonderful and you will enjoy yourself!
  • Great place to visit really enjoyed the tour
  • What a wonderful place to visit. We went on a behind-the-scenes tour and saw the adjacent office building and house. In addition to those, we saw the basement and attic within the house. The house is in great condition and the staff have gone to great lengths to make it as original as possible. In the attic, there were a few other pieces that weren't on display for various reasons. It was a nice bonus. On the day we toured, there was another group recreated a historical Victorian breakfast so the house smelled wonderful. It would be fun to return and participate in that breakfast. Note that photography inside is prohibited. The stairs down to the basement and attic are somewhat more difficult than the main staircase. There isn't much to see in the basement, but it was still neat.
  • Very intereating to look around at all the old buildings

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