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Villa Louis, Prairie du Chien

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#12 of 46 in Historic Sites in Wisconsin
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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  • August 12, 2017
    Lovely stately mansion with so much history on the Mississippi River. Great ticket prices and lovely grounds around mansion. Decor is period style and tastefully done.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    The property and house tour was wonderful on its own but our tour guide when we visited 08/08/2017 was over the top -- knowledgeable, engaging, took time to answer questions and knew more details abou...  more »
  • July 27, 2017
    A lot of great history. Tour was great and we learned a lot about the area. The home is very impressive even for today's standards.  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Very professional presentation. Weather was ideal. Presenters very friendly to visit with. Appreciated the free admission for active duty military and veterans.
  • June 18, 2017
    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!
  • June 24, 2017
    Great place to visit really enjoyed the tour
  • April 18, 2016
    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.
  • June 15, 2017
    Very intereating to look around at all the old buildings

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