Take a stroll beside the Mississippi River and explore the many-layered history of Western Wisconsin’s oldest town. This 90-minute guided outdoor walking tour will step from the foundations of Fort Crawford to the homes and trading posts of the old Main Village of Prairie du Chien, showing how the Upper Mississippi Valley has been shaped by American Indians, French-Canadians, and American settlers. Tours begin at 10:30am & 2:30pm.
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Villa Louis, 521 Villa Louis Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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.
Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.