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
May 1-May 31: tours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. June 1-September 11: tours are daily, 10am-4pm. September 12-December 4: tours are Monday-Thursday, 10am-3pm and Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm. Guided tours begin on the hour and group tours require an appointment.
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
- State Historic Site
- Military Heritage
- Wisconsin History
- Historic Homes
State Historic Sign Site
Articles: Villa Louis
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