Autumn at the Villa

As the leaves begin to change come visit the Victorian home of a Wisconsin dynasty. See the Mississippi river in orange and gold glory as you explore the lives of the Dousman family.

Autumn at the Villa

As the leaves begin to change come visit the Victorian home of a Wisconsin dynasty. See the Mississippi river in orange and gold glory as you explore the lives of the Dousman family.

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Step into the Lives of a
Wisconsin Dynasty

When you walk through the doors of Villa Louis, you step into the life of one of Wisconsin’s most historic families – The Dousmans. Located on the beautiful banks of the mighty Mississippi River, this National Historic Landmark offers a panorama of Wisconsin history, from the advent of the first fur traders through the splendor of the Victorian era.

Experienced interpreters will take you on a journey through time as you tour the stunning 1871 Italianate style mansion the Dousmans called home for more than four decades, and the surrounding estate. The 25-acre site includes over a dozen historic structures including the Dousman Office Building, Ice House, Preserve House, Blockhouse, the foundations of the first Fort Crawford, and the state’s only War of 1812 battlefield.

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Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen

Select Saturdays in October | 8:30 AM – 1 PM

Light the woodstove, tighten your apron, and cook up history during this special workshop. Use the foods, utensils, and technology of the Victorian era as you craft a family-style breakfast together. After enjoying the fruits (and much more) of your labor, enjoy a tour of the 1871 Italianate style mansion.

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Villa Louis is a Wisconsin State Historic Site. We are an immaculately restored Victorian house museum on the banks of the Upper Mississippi River.

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A tasty and nostalgic return to elegant Victorian country living can be shared by a select few who sign up to take part in “Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen” at the Villa Louis on Saturday, October 8th and 29th. This reservation-only event for adults will give 16 participants – each day – an opportunity to take part in preparing an authentic Victorian breakfast, then having it served to them in the kitchen of the historic Victorian mansion. A tour of the National Historic Landmark Villa Louis follows the breakfast. Make your reservations today by visiting us at www.villalouis.org. ... See MoreSee Less

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A tasty and nostalgic return to elegant Victorian country living can be shared by a select few who sign up to take part in “Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen” at the Villa Louis on Saturday, October 8th and 29th.  This reservation-only event for adults will give 16 participants – each day – an opportunity to take part in preparing an authentic Victorian breakfast, then having it served to them in the kitchen of the historic Victorian mansion.  A tour of the National Historic Landmark Villa Louis follows the breakfast. Make your reservations today by visiting us at www.villalouis.org.

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Went to one event where we prepared dinner there. It was really great!!

This sounds really fun

Was Kris’s family visiting? I’m so glad they are in your life

Happy first day of fall! To get in the spirit of the season, check out the many events we have coming up yet this season! They include Visiting our Ancestors Cemetery Tour, Behind the Scenes Tours and Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen! All of these events have tickets that can be purchased online OR you can stop in and buy tickets at the Villa Louis Visitor Center! For more information, please visit our website at www.villalouis.org or call us at 608-326-2721. ... See MoreSee Less

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Happy first day of fall! To get in the spirit of the season, check out the many events we have coming up yet this season! They include Visiting our Ancestors Cemetery Tour, Behind the Scenes Tours and Breakfast in a Victorian Kitchen! All of these events have tickets that can be purchased online OR you can stop in and buy tickets at the Villa Louis Visitor Center! For more information, please visit our website at www.villalouis.org or call us at 608-326-2721.

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is mike there

Beautiful picture!

Sarah Dousman Allen look at this picture of the Villa Louie

Will you be doing a Villa After Dark tour again? We liked that tour when we did it a couple years ago.

We are so pleased that our friends at Pendarvis are welcoming back Pub Night this Friday, September 23!We can't wait to have The Tooles on the Pub Night stage this coming Friday!

The Tooles have created their own fiery brand of Irish pub music. Combining traditional tunes with powerful originals and a few favorite pub songs, Amy, Peter, and Kurt bring together influences from Dublin to Nashville, with a bit of Midwestern grit thrown in.
The Tooles are a three-piece band based out of Madison, Wisconsin.

The Tooles newest album comes out TODAY and copies will be available for purchase at Pub Night!

Get your tickets now! wihist.org/3JONzma
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We are so pleased that our friends at Pendarvis are welcoming back Pub Night this Friday, September 23!