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The Francois Vertefeuille House in Prairie du Chien

Francois Vertefeuille House


The Francois Vertefeuille House, constructed in the French-Canadian manner called piece sur piece en coulisse, is one of the few surviving examples of this type of architecture in the United States. This log construction technique was documented as the distinctive method in which the pioneer French-Canadian residents of Prairie du Chien constructed their homes. The Francois Vertefeuille House was constructed by people and for people who were dependent on the fur trade for their existence. Vertefeuille himself was from French-speaking Canada and moved to Prairie du Chien in 1809 to engage in the fur trade.

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Related Topics: Explorers, Traders, and Settlers
The French Fur Trade
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Pub Data: Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places.
Citation: The Francois Vertefeuille House. Wisconsin National Register of Historic Places. Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1407; Visited on: 4/23/2014
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