Special Event

Villa Louis Carriage Classic

Friday, September 5, 2014 - Sunday, September 7, 2014

8 am-4 pm (mansion tours 10 am-4 pm)

This stylish event recalls the brief heyday of the Dousman family's famed trotting horse operation, the Artesian Stock Farm. This elegant event is one of the largest carriage driving competitions in the nation. More than 100 drivers hitch finely trained horses of many breeds to new and restored carriages. Events take place in a fenced arena as well as on the lawns and grounds surrounding the Villa Louis country estate. Visitors may also tour the Dousman family home and enjoy full food and beverages service on the mansion lawn.


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.