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Villa Louis

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Address: 521 N Villa Louis Rd, Prairie du Chien, WI 53821-1333
Phone Number:
+1 608-326-2721

This Victorian house includes relics from the area's history, including a...

This Victorian house includes relics from the area's history, including a battle in the War of 1812.

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I'm in love with this place!

I have visited Villa Louis too many times to count. I never get tired of it. It is one of the first places we take friends when they visit us in SW Wisconsin. The house, the... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Martha Q
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14 reviews
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have visited Villa Louis too many times to count. I never get tired of it. It is one of the first places we take friends when they visit us in SW Wisconsin. The house, the grounds, the gift shop,the special events! I'm looking forward to going again and again this season.

Thank Martha Q
Wausau, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited in off season, no lush flowers, but a beautiful place to take a walk in the evening. Would really enjoy a tour when time permitted, the entire area around Villa Louis is very nice. Worth the time to see in Prairie du Chien WI

Thank Lenniejo
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Reviewed 14 March 2017

Knowledgeable tour guides start with a history lesson about the river, the natives, the battles fought here, and wealthy fur trader that built and maintained the Villa Louis mansion. The walk through of the mansion is guided by knowledgeable ladies and gentlemen in period costume. Bring your walking shoes.

Rochester, Minnesota
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 January 2017

Looked on trip advisor and it showed it was open. Made a special trip to the Villa and found out it was closed for the winter. Called the phone number and they dod not say it was closed for the winter.

Thank HP95
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42 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016

I toured the Villa Louis with family. I grew up in the area and recently moved back after almost 30 years away. One of the first things on my to-do list was to take a tour of the Villa Louis which is run by the Wisconsin State Historical Association. The mansion has been updated since my last visit with many... More 

Thank elpasokib
Pecatonica, Illinois
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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 October 2016

This mansion is definitely worth seeing. It is amazing to see a home restored this well and containing most of the original furnishings. Our tour was very informative and all of our questions were answered. The only downside is that you are not allowed to take pictures inside.

Thank Dolly M
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 October 2016

The entire island was excellent - tons of history and some buildings still existed. I wasn't aware of any of this history, so it added to the true joy.

Thank Rick V
Austin, Texas
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219 reviews
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Reviewed 15 October 2016

Nice laid-back tour of this sprawling old mansion. Pleasant grounds and friendly staff. Worth the price of admission

Thank den979
St. Petersburg, Florida
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Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

The house, office, grounds and other buildings are an important part of the history of Prairie du Chien. It's all been lovingly maintained with many, many original pieces of furniture, and other items, etc. It's stunningly gorgeous and very interesting to learn about. Our guide Maddie was really terrific, we learned alot and she spent a lot of time answering... More 

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

So glad we visited here. Incredible renovated summer home of Louis Dousman and family, 1890's Victorian style home with 90% original furnishings! Just stunning! the furnishing were incredible. Tour guide was knowledgeable. We've toured several historical homes, but this one was superior, just stunning. We will be back, too much to see in one trip. Enjoyed walking around the grounds... More 

Thank Kathy L

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