Autumn at the Villa

As the leaves begin to change come visit the Victorian home of a Wisconsin dynasty. See the Mississippi river in orange and gold glory as you explore the lives of the Dousman family.

Autumn at the Villa

As the leaves begin to change come visit the Victorian home of a Wisconsin dynasty. See the Mississippi river in orange and gold glory as you explore the lives of the Dousman family.

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Step into the Lives of a
Wisconsin Dynasty

When you walk through the doors of Villa Louis, you step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families – The Dousmans. Located on the beautiful banks of the mighty Mississippi River, this National Historic Landmark offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, from the advent of the first fur traders through the splendor of the Victorian era.

Experienced interpreters will take you on a journey through time as you tour the stunning 1871 Italianate style mansion the Dousmans called home for more than four decades, and the surrounding estate. The 25-acre site includes over a dozen historic structures including the Dousman Office Building, Ice House, Preserve House, Blockhouse, the foundations of the first Fort Crawford, and the state’s only War of 1812 battlefield.

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Planning your visit is easier than ever with advance online ticketing. Purchase your tickets today and make more time for fun on your next adventure.


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Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

Select Saturdays in October | 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Light the woodstove, tighten your apron, and cook up history during this special workshop. Use the foods, utensils, and technology of the Victorian era as you craft a family-style breakfast together. After enjoying the fruits (and much more) of your labor, enjoy a tour of the 1871 Italianate style mansion.

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Looking for a great holiday gift? Support the Villa Louis today on Museum Store Sunday! Your purchase supports programs and projects at our historic sites.
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Looking for a great holiday gift? Support the Villa Louis today on Museum Store Sunday! Your purchase supports programs and projects at our historic sites. 
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Visit the Villa Louis museum store today and tomorrow and shop for unique holiday finds! Browse our wide selection of books and Wisconsin-made items. Books on Prairie du Chien history and locally produced items make for great gifts! The museum store is open today and tomorrow (Friday and Saturday) from 10am - 3pm. ... See MoreSee Less

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