Villa Louis

An 1870 Victorian mansion built by the family of Hercules Dousman, an entrepreneurial frontiersman who parlayed various investments into a fortune. His son Louis and wife Nina Dousman built the Villa Louis as the centerpiece of their sprawling country estate. Today the home is restored to its British Arts-and-Crafts-style elegance during its heyday in the 1890s.

Hours of Operation

April 29-May 19, 2015: tours Wed-Sun at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. May 20-Nov 2, 2015: Open daily 10am-4pm. Guided tours begin on the hour. Group tours by appointment only.


Located on St. Feriole Island on the Mississippi River (from Madison, take Highway 18 west to Prairie du Chien; from La Crosse take Highway 35 south)


  • On Water
  • Disabled Access

History/Heritage Type

  • Re-enactments
  • State Historic Site
  • Military Heritage
  • Wisconsin History
  • Historic Homes

State Historic Sign Site

  • Yes

Museum/Gallery Type

  • Historical