“elegant and stylish Victorian country home”
Hercules Louis Dousman (1800 – 1868) acquired a large fortune through his various enterprises as a fur trader, lumberman, land speculator and fronti er entrepreneur. In the mid-1840s the Dousman family began developing an estate on the banks of the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien that would evolve into Villa Louis. It's vibrant hues and rich textures reflected the family's rise to wealth and leisure living. Throughout its evolution the property was always considered an elegant and stylish Victorian country home, and much attention was paid to the grounds surrounding the mansion and outbuildings.
Great stop for history buffs. The tour is pretty informative and provides insight into the wealthy lifestyles of yesteryear.
This is a beautiful home and a wonderful step back in time. The Prairie du Chien area is beautiful with the Mississippi River and the surrounding bluffs.
Had a blast!! Very cool local history.
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