Villa Louis Presents: Wisconsin Women of Style - The Victorian Wedding

Saturday, May 13, 2017 - Sunday, August 6, 2017

Monday-Thursday, 10am - 3pm | Friday-Sunday, 10am - 4pm

Enlarge1909 wedding dress worn by Ellen Mary (Hawley) Scott at her wedding to Harry Earle Scott in Argyle (Lafayette County), Wisconsin.  1972.97.1

A wedding dress from 1909, the same year as one of the Dousman weddings.

This clothing exhibit will showcase the garments and gowns of Victorian weddings from the collections of the Wisconsin Historical Society in the various rooms of the Villa Louis Mansion. Each garment will be an appropriate example of what Mrs. Dousman and her daughters would have worn. Included in the exhibit is one very special gown, worn by Virginia Dousman for her 1904 wedding held on the West Lawn of Villa Louis. The exhibition tells the story of both the dresses, rarely displayed due to their fragile nature, and the women who wore them. 


Villa Louis
Villa Louis, 521 Villa Louis Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Location Information

The historic Villa Louis mansion is the centerpiece of a grand Victorian estate built by the family of Hercules Dousman, a frontier entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in the fur trade and other frontier investments. The mansion has just undergone a top-to-bottom documentary restoration that has returned the Dousman home to the splendor of its 1890s heyday, using British Arts and Crafts interior designs inspired by famed designer William Morris.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.