Special Event

War of 1812 - Battle of Prairie du Chien

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - Sunday, July 22, 2018

10am - 4pm

EnlargeRiflemen fire at the enemy during the annual War of 1812 in Wisconsin event at Villa Louis.

War of 1812 in Wisconsin

Riflemen fire at the enemy during the annual encampment and battle re-enactment

Visit a historic encampment and battle re-enactment on Wisconsin's only War of 1812 battlefield, now the west lawn of the Villa Louis estate.

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. 

Learn about the British assault on U.S. Fort Shelby in a battle scenario at 2:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday. Tour the camps and learn about military life in 1814.

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Fill out and submit the re-enactor registration form to participate.


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.