As the sun sets west over the Mississippi River, the long shadows of autumn cross the lawns of Villa Louis, conjuring spirits of the 19th century. This lamplight tour beckons visitors into close encounters with historic figures of long ago. Costumed interpreters will hand out treats and spooky tales throughout the 26-acre site. Event begins at the Villa Louis Visitor Center and ends with a bonfire and s’mores. Children must be accompanied by an adult.
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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.