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Start Date: 9/5/2014
End Date: 9/7/2014
Event Times: 8 am–4 pm (mansion tours 10 am–4 pm)

Contact Info

E-mail: villalouis@
wisconsinhistory.org

Phone: 608-326-2721
Fax: 608-326-5507

Villa Louis Carriage Classic


This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family's famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm. This elegant event is one of the largest carriage driving competitions in the nation. More than 100 drivers hitch finely trained horses of many breeds to new and restored carriages. Events take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis country estate. Visitors may also tour the Dousman family home and enjoy full food and beverages service on the mansion lawn.

Ticket Info: Adult two-day pass $20; child (5-17) two-day pass $10; adult one-day ticket $12; child one-day ticket $5

Location Description: 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.

Venue: Villa Louis

Address: 521 Villa Louis Rd
PO Box 65

City: Prairie du Chien

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

Event Location URL: http://villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org


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