Great River Road Day and Jerry Apps Book Signing
Saturday, August 10, 2013 10 am–5 pm (special evening tours begin at 5 pm)
Come celebrate the Great River Road's 75th anniversary at Villa Louis, one of the official Great River Road Interpretive Centers. At 2 pm rural historian and celebrated author Jerry Apps will discuss and sign copies of his many books in the museum store. Apps will share stories of rural life including from his Wisconsin Historical Society Press books, 'Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses,' 'The Quiet Season: Remembering Country Winters' and 'Limping through Life: A Farm Boy's Polio Memoir.'
Special evening tours of the mansion begin at 5 pm followed by a Music on the Mound concert featuing the father-daughter band La Barge, specializing in river-inspired music. The concert will run from 7 to 9:30 pm. The Mississippi River Sculpture Park will present a special intermission program featuring a visit from a spirit of the past. Guests are invited to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of river music on the beautiful Villa Louis lawn.
In 1938 President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Great River Road along the Mississippi River. The route follows the river for more than 2,000 miles through 10 states. In 2012 readers of the Huffington Post voted the Great River Road in Wisconsin the "Prettiest Drive" in America.
The 2 pm Jerry Apps book signing is free and open to the public. Evening concert-only tickets are $5. Admission to tour Villa Louis is $10 for adults; $5 for children (5-17); $8.50 for students and senior citizens (65 and over); or $27 for a family (two adults and two or more dependent children 5-17).
Venue: Villa Louis
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.
521 Villa Louis Rd
PO Box 65
Prairie du Chien, WI