“Journey Through Time” May 14 – A one day open house / showcase of Prairie du Chien, WI historical sites.
More than a dozen historical venues in Prairie du Chien, many not usually open to the public, will open their doors for free or reduced admission as part of the Wisconsin Historical Downtown Open House event.
Historic and Interesting Site Tours include: Fort Crawford Hotel; Fort Crawford Cemetery; Old Crawford County Jail / The Dungeon; Old Firehouse at the Local Oven; The Knowlton House, Fort Crawford Museum; City Hall artworks, Zion Evangelical Church, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Saint Gabriel’s Holy Family Parish Catholic Church and the former Saint Mary’s Academy grounds (now known as Wyalusing Academy) will all offer free tours. The Villa Louis will be open for a discounted admission. Some sites may have limited tour hours.
Other activities include: Horse drawn carriage rides from 11 a.m. till 4 p.m. starting at Peoples State Bank parking lot, Salsa Saturday demos at Nelson True Value, tulip lollipop children’s craft station at the Pickett Fence, 200th anniversary commemorative cannon firing at The Fort Crawford Museum every ½ hour (11 am-4 pm), food vendors, demos and live music at Driftless Edibles, popcorn sampling and souvenir photo ops at The Local Oven, period displays and Gordon Peckham historic photos at The Knowlton House, “Wind in the Barley” live band on the corner of Blackhawk Avenue and Beaumont road, vintage postcards and 1818 root beer at Check’s Antiques and more.
Saturday evening will include a special showcase of Mark Twain and “The Laughing River” at the Dousman House. Jim Post, a well known Mark Twain impersonator, will take the stage for one showcase of his Mark Twain show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door and the historic Dousman House will open at 6 p.m. that evening. Seats are limited. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the following downtown merchants: The Pickett Fence, Driftless Edibles, The Planted Tree and Peoples State Bank.