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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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  • We took the behind the scenes tour, which really allowed us to see how the house was put together and why certain textiles were used. The guide we had was also the lead interpreter for the site and is...  more »
  • 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 »
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  • Veronica did an excellent job of explaining the Villa Louis. It was great reliving the life of the Dousman' s. Exciting that Maryanne Antoine wore the blue wedding dress for her own wedding. Was like going home.
  • Very professional presentation. Weather was ideal. Presenters very friendly to visit with. Appreciated the free admission for active duty military and veterans.
  • We had a good guide she told us a lot of history about the buildings and it was a very nice day good ride on a motorcycle
  • Very interesting, but it was a cloudy day as a result the rooms were kind of dark
  • 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!

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