Explore the Historical Town of Prairie du Chien
One of the many wonderful reasons to visit the Driftless Area are the charming towns that dot the countryside, each alive with their own vibrant and unique personality. One of our favorite towns to spend a day in is the historic town of Prairie du Chien, located on the banks of the stunning Mississippi River. This quintessential river town, which happens to be the second oldest settlement in the state of Wisconsin, is brimming with pride and a deep sense of history. Here, you’ll find plenty of historic sites to visit, some dating back to the days of fur trading on the Mississippi River, in addition to a variety of fun attractions, spectacular shopping, great restaurants, and a wide variety of opportunities for recreation and enjoyment along the way. Book your room at our beautiful Vacation Rental in Soldier’s Grove, and let us be your home away from home while you explore the charming towns of Driftless Wisconsin.
See the Sites in Prairie du Chien
A favorite and historic destination in Prairie du Chien is St. Feriole Island. If you want an authentic glimpse into what frontier life was like for French Canadians that engaged in the fur trade was like, this is the place to visit. On the island, you’ll find many historic destinations, including the Villa Louis, the Brisbois Store and Fur Trade Museum, the Brisbois House, the Rolette House, and the Dousman House Hotel. In addition to being a significant location to the fur trade, St. Feriole Island was the home of the first Fort Crawford, which was where the Battle of Prairie du Chien in 1814 occurred, and was where three important Indian treaties were signed. On the site of the former Fort Crawford is Villa louis, which was built in the 1890’s by Louis Dousman. Villa Louis is open for tours, and hosts many annual events each year such as the Carriage Classic in September. Also, in July hosts a historic encampment and battle re-enactment at Villa Louis, which is the site of Wisconsin’s only War of 1812 battlefield.
The Fort Crawford Museum is also an interesting place to spend an afternoon in Prairie du Chien, discovering the history of this rich region. In addition to these wonderful historic sites in Prairie du Chien, there are also many other historic sites worth visiting throughout the surrounding counties. End your day on a relaxing note with a cruise up the historic Mississippi River, and see the beauty of this area in a whole new way. After a long day of exploring, you’ll be ready for the deluxe accommodations awaiting you at our Vacation Rental. Book your room at our Homestead today, and discover the towns of Driftless Wisconsin.
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15662 Vance Rd
Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin 54655
Our family stayed in mid-August. We had a very relaxing visit. The house is comfortable and the property is encircled by hills, making the experience a unique getaway. We enjoyed building bonfires each night, hanging out in the nice living room and taking the surprisingly lengthy hikes that are all on the property. Mornings started with coffee on the second story porch overlooking the meadow and hills, evenings ended with zero noise except that made by nature or our family. Each night there was a canopy of bright stars that weren't diluted by light pollution. We enjoyed hiking Wildcat Mountain, canoeing down the Kickapoo, roasting smores and hanging out. My son and I tried our luck at trout fishing in a nearby stream (Tainter?). It was an enjoyable, unique experience although we didn't catch anything. We'll be back.
- Dave, Eau Claire, WI