Special Event

War of 1812 in Wisconsin: Bicentennial Re-enactment

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - Sunday, July 20, 2014

10 am-5 pm

The War of 1812 came to Prairie du Chien on July 17, 1814, when U.S. and British-Canadian soldiers clashed on what is now the west lawn of the Villa Louis. Re-enactors will interpret events from the historic event through a living history camp and a narrated battle each day. The battle re-enactments will take place at 4 pm Saturday and 2:30 pm Sunday.


Villa Louis
521 Villa Louis Rd
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821

Location Information

The historic Villa Louis mansion is the centerpiece of a grand Victorian estate built by the family of Hercules Dousman, a frontier entrepreneur who amassed a fortune in the fur trade and other frontier investments. The mansion has just undergone a top-to-bottom documentary restoration that has returned the Dousman home to the splendor of its 1890s heyday, using British Arts and Crafts interior designs inspired by famed designer William Morris.

Accessibility Information

Reasonable accommodations will be made for individuals requiring wheelchairs for mobility. Call ahead to make arrangements.