: 10 am–5 pm
Contact Info E-mail: villalouis@
War of 1812 in Wisconsin: The Battle of Prairie du Chien
The War of 1812 came to Prairie du Chien on July 17, 1814, when U.S. and British-Canadian soldiers clashed on what is now the west lawn of the Villa Louis. Re-enactors will interpret events from the historic event
through a living history camp and a narrated battle each day. The battles will begin at 5 pm on Saturday and at 2:30 pm on Sunday. On Saturday at 1:30 pm Dan Joyce, archaeologist and director of the Kenosha Public Museum, will discuss "The Siege of Prairie du Chien and the Search for Forts Shelby, McKay and Crawford, 1814-1832."
: Adults $10; children (5-17) $5; students and senior citizens (65 and over) $8.50; family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17) $27. Grounds-only ticket $5 for adults, free for children under 18.
: 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.
: Villa Louis
: P.O. Box 65, 521 Villa Louis Rd
: Prairie du Chien
: Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.
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