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August 8, 2018 - Experience an Elegant Weekend of Traditional Driving

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August 8, 2018 - Experience an Elegant Weekend of Traditional Driving | Wisconsin Historical Society

For Immediate Release

Contact: Kara O’Keeffe



Experience an Elegant Weekend of Traditional Driving

Prairie du Chien, Wis. – See the Midwest’s most elegant and lavishly-appointed equine sport driving event, the Villa Louis Carriage Classic, on September 7-9 from 8 AM – 4 PM each day!

“Competitors come from all across the United States to participate in our Carriage Classic,” said Susan Caya-Slusser, site director of the Southwest Historic Sites.  “This annual event provides a glimpse into what it was like at Villa Louis during the pinnacle of the Dousman era stock farm.”

Date: September 7-9

Time: 8AM-4PM

Location: Villa Louis Historic Site: Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

The Carriage Classic occurs within the beautifully landscaped grounds of the Villa Louis Mansion in Prairie du Chien.  The event will host the region’s finest horses and over 100 new and restored carriages will compete in a variety of arena and cross-country events.  During the Dousman era, the Villa Louis Historic Site was home to the “Artesian Stock Farm,” a premier standard-bred training facility, known as one of the Midwest’s finest racehorse farms. 

Both daily and weekend admission allows spectators to view the Carriage Classic competitions, seating and a tour of the Villa Louis Historic Mansion.  The daily rate is $15 for adults and $7.50 for children, or guests can purchase a weekend pass: $25 for adults and $15 for children. For more information, call 608-326-2721 or visit www.villalouis.org.

About Villa Louis

Villa Louis Historic Site is on the of Wisconsin Historical Society’s twelve historic sites and museums.  All Wisconsin Historical Society members receive free admission to the twelve historic sites.  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 finished 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. Visit www.villalouis.org for a complete list of 2018 Programs & Events or call 608-326-2721 for more information.

About Wisconsin Historical Society

The Wisconsin Historical Society, founded in 1846, ranks as one of the largest, most active and most diversified state historical societies in the nation. As both a state agency and a private membership organization, its mission is to help people connect to the past by collecting, preserving and sharing stories. The Wisconsin Historical Society serves millions of people every year through a wide range of sites, programs and services. For more information, visit wisconsinhistory.org.