About General Admission
Step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families – the Dousmans. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, Villa Louis offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, beginning with the arrival of early fur traders through the heyday of the Victorian era.
Admission includes access to the stunning 1871 Italianate style mansion the Dousman’s called home and the surrounding estate. The 25-acre site includes over a dozen historic structures including the Dousman Office Building, Ice House, Preserve House, Blockhouse, and the foundations of the first Fort Crawford. The site was also the location of Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield.
Guided tours depart on the hour from 10am-4pm.
General Admission (13+) $13.50
Senior (65+) $11.50
Child (5-12) $6.75
Children 4 and under: Free
receive a 10% discount
About the Location
Villa Louis was established by Hercules Louis Dousman, a fur trader, lumberjack, land speculator and businessman. He was considered one of Wisconsin's wealthiest and most influential men. Dousman contracted with the renowned Milwaukee architect E. Townsend Mix to design and construct the Italianate style mansion. When completed in 1871, the home boasted the modern conveniences of indoor plumbing and steam heat, making it comfortable as well as stylish. Today the mansion has been meticulously restored to its historic appearance, standing as a showcase of Victorian architecture and design.
Villa Louis Historic Site
521 Villa Louis Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
Wheelchair access is available to the Fur Trade Museum and restrooms, the first floor of the Villa Louis mansion, and the restrooms located near the mansion.
For more information, please contact Villa Louis at (608) 326-2721 or email@example.com.