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Prairie du Chien is Wisconsin’s second oldest city, and history abounds. Home to Fort Crawford, the area became a prosperous trading center; it’s where Hercules Dousman built his mansion, Villa Louis. On Saturday, October 26th, Villa Louis After Dark will let you explore this history and get some spooky tales (and treats) just ahead of Halloween as you explore the grounds in this lamplight tour.
Picture this on the Saturday evening before Halloween: the sun sets west over the Mississippi River while the long shadows of autumn cross the lawns of Villa Louis, conjuring spirits of the 19th century. Where Villa Louis sits, on St. Feriole Island, plenty of spooky tales await. Costumed interpreters will hand out treats and spin spooky tales across the 26-acre site. The Villa Louis Visitor Center, easily identifiable since it sits on stilts, is where the tours begin and end. You can also enjoy a bonfire and S’mores (really, what’s a better fall treat than those??) This lamplight tour beckons visitors into close encounters with historic figures of long ago.
Villa Louis After Dark begins at 6pm on Saturday, October 26, and runs until 9pm. Tours will run continuously. Villa Louis itself has tours year ’round, as well as a number of events to celebrate history, seasons, and more. Tours offer a glimpse into the life of a historic house museum. Highlighting the care and upkeep of a unique object from the Dousman collection, tours include visits to the nooks and crannies of this historic and beautiful restored mansion. You can plan your visit anytime, starting here.
Villa Louis After Dark Address:
521 N. Villa Louis Road
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821