WISCONSIN HISTORICAL SOCIETY

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Step Back in Time

Walk through the doors of the Villa Louis Mansion and step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most prosperous historic families. Stroll through the extravagant lifestyle of the Dousman family from the fur trade industry to the end of the 19th century. Located on the banks of the Mississippi River in Prairie du Chien. A historic attraction on the Great River Road!
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"Impressed with the original decor and furnishings being so accurate. Love the personal stories about the family!"

- GUEST REVIEW

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Interpreter shows guests how to prepare a traditional meal at the Villa Louis

Villa Louis Mansion
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The beautiful Villa Louis mansion was the home of the Dousman family in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. Mrs. Nina Dousman lived here with her five children – Violet, Virginia, Nina, Louis, and Judith – and their servants. The Dousman family’s cook worked hard to make sure everyone in the Villa Louis ate. Her stove burned wood as fuel, just like this stove in the Villa Louis mansion today.”

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VILLA LOUIS MANSION

Follow the lives of the prosperous Dousman Family as you tour their Victorian home, meticulously restored to its 1890s British Arts & Crafts splendor.
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FUR TRADE MUSEUM

The Fur Trade Museum is temporarily closed as it is undergoing structural rehabilitation. We apologize for any inconvenience. Check back for updates.
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THE SERVANTS’ WORLD

Trace the steps of the working women and men who kept the family estate running, as you visit the servants’ quarters, kitchen, and outbuildings.
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PLAN YOUR VISIT

Begin planning your trip today! Tickets, Hours, Directions and more.

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